By CRAIG HALL
POTEAU—Amber Holt hit a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds to give Heavener’s girls a come-from-behind 47-46 win over Poteau here Friday night.
In the earlier game, Poteau’s boys cruised to an easy 55-28 win over the Wolves.
After a Poteau turnover with 9.7 seconds left, Heavener got a timeout with 4.5 seconds remaining at the far end of the court. The Lady Wolves inbounded the pass to Holt, who drove and took a shot.
She was fouled on the play and was originally given three free throws, although the call was reversed as the officials decided she was inside the three-point line.
With the home crowd roaring, Holt, who was only 2-6 from the line, calmly sank the tying free throw and the winning shot to give Heavener its first lead since the first few minutes of the game.
It was all Poteau for most of the game. Heavener jumped ahead 6-0 in the opening minutes, only to see the Lady Pirates score 11-straight points. After leading by seven points at halftime, a three-point shot by Brenna Vise gave Poteau a 36-24 lead late in the third quarter.
Heavener came alive and scored nine straight to cut the lead to 36-33 early in the fourth quarter. After the Lady Wolves cut the lead to two points, Poteau countered with a free throw by Montana Roll and a basket by Kaitlan Standridge to lead, 43-41.
Holt hit a three and Sadie Watkins hit a pair of free throws to tie the score at 43. Briley Benson nailed a three for Poteau to give the Lady Pirates a 46-43 lead, before Watkins scored again for Heavener to pull within a point.
Poteau missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Heavener a chance. But Vise stole the ball for the Lady Pirates, who fumbled the ball away, setting the stage for Holt’s game-winning shots.
Holt and Watkins each scored 15 points to lead Heavener, now 4-5. Standridge had 13 for Poteau before fouling out late while Vise added nine.
The showdown between the second and third seeded teams for the upcoming LeFlore County Tournament quickly turned into a mismatch as the Pirates came out hot and Heavener had trouble against Poteau’s matchup zone.
Poteau, seeded second in the LCT, led 25-12 at the half, as the Pirates’ Kendrick Hardaway had 13 points to outscore the Wolves by himself.
Any chance Heavener had of making a comeback quickly ended as the Pirates scored the first 19 points of the third quarter before Luke Culpepper ended the dry spell with a basket with 1:25 left in the period.
The Pirates led 44-12 at that point and both teams went to the bench for the remainder of the game.
Hardaway finished with 17 points to pace the Pirates, now 4-5. Blake Williams added 10 while Wilson Klutts scored nine. Shaun Bradley was Heavener’s leading scorer with six.