By CRAIG HALL
HEAVENER—Heavener’s girls and Talihina’s boys are not quite ready to give up their bid for a three-peat if Monday’s opening day of the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament is any indication.
Heavener and Talihina have each won the last two LCT championships in their respective divisions and were among the winners in Monday’s action.
After a slow start, Heavener’s girls were sizzling in the second quarter in a 57-35 win over LeFlore while Talihina’s boys rallied late to down LeFlore, 53-47.
In other girls games Monday, Poteau’s girls got their first win of the season with a 47-25 win over Whitesboro, Bokoshe moved on with a 49-32 decision over Cameron, Arkoma’s girls downed Wister, 59-45, and Panama shot down Pocola, 45-28.
For the boys, Howe blasted Panama, 65-36, Cameron downed Arkoma, 78-45, Wister took down Bokoshe, 57-14, and Pocola ran past Whitesboro, 66-53.
Heavener led only 8-4 after the first quarter, but the Lady Wolves shot the lights out in the second quarter, outscoring LeFlore, 25-13, to take a commanding, 33-17, lead at the half.
The Lady Wolves continued to control the contest in the second half as Amber Holt scored 16 points and Jordan Kannady added 12. Lindsey Mote led LeFlore with 21 points.
Talihina’s boys led deep into the fourth quarter before Leflore took a 43-42 lead. The Tigers quickly bounced back as freshman Alan Lockhart hit a pair of baskets and got a key steal.
Talihina also made 7-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Lockhart led the Tigers with 18 points while Hayden Dickson added 14, Clark Austin had 10 and Logan Hillebrand added nine.
Dakota Watson led LeFlore with 20 points while Caleb Smith had 15.
Poteau’s girls used a 16-4 run in the second quarter to take their opener of the tournament. Kaitlan Standridge led Poteau with 18 points while Montana Roll had 14. Ashalee Nunley’s 11 points were tops for Whitesboro.
In the late game at Heavener, Howe and Panama met for the second time this season with an outcome totally different from Howe’s earlier 49-47 win over the Razorbacks.
The Lions got Panama standout Anthony Milburn in early foul trouble and Howe ran out to a big lead early and was in control throughout. Howe’s lead was 24 at the half and the Lions were able to rest their starters much of the second half.
Nathan Hill led a balanced scoring attack for Howe with 14 points while Brent Hill and Jared Brown each added 10. Milburn led Panama with 16 points.
In the two games at Spiro, Panama’s girls grabbed a 26-12 lead at halftime as the LadyBacks advanced with a 45-28 win over Pocola. Lauren Smith led Panama with 17 points while Taylor Farley’s eight points paced Pocola.
Pocola’s boys outran Whitesboro, 66-53. Grant Severe had 19 points to lead Pocola while Omar Qamoun had 14 and Tanner Francis 11. Colton Sisemore’s 18 points topped Whitesboro’s scorers as Blake Duncan had 11.
At Bokoshe, Arkoma’s girls jumped to a nine-point lead in the first quarter and made it hold up as the Lady Mustangs improved to 10-3 with a 59-45 win over Wister.
Kelsi Johnson had 15 points for Arkoma while shaylea Whisenhunt had 14 and Abby Gragg 13. Kayla Newton and Cheyanne Pilkington each had 14 for Wister.
Bokoshe’s girls got 12 points from Haylee Tudor and 11 from Jasmine Arnold in the 49-32 win over Cameron, which was led by Tasha Janway’s 13 and Cindy Hicks’ 12.
Cameron broke a two-game losing streak as the Yellow Jackets downed Arkoma, 78-45. Ryan Carter led four Cameron players in double figures with 24 points. Austin Standridge added 16, Justin Cox 12 and Dylan Poor had 10.
Skylar Batt had 21 to lead Arkoma.
Wister had an easy time of it in a 57-14 win over Bokoshe. The Wildcats had 14 players score in the game, led by Cody Sprayberry with nine. Kyle Pierson led Bokoshe with eight.