By CRAIG HALL
HEAVENER—Cinderella has exited the building and the 2012 LeFlore County Tournament.
There will be no Cinderalla story for the 2012 LCT as all four top seeds in both divisions advanced to the semifinals, and likewise, no three-peat for the Heavener girls and Talihina boys.
Bokoshe’s girls downed Heavener, 43-39, to end the Lady Wolves’ two-year run as champions while Poteau’s boys knocked Talihina off the throne with a 49-32 win.
The semifinals are set in both divisions with games to be played at Spiro. On Thursday, the girls will play their semifinals with top-seeded Howe facing fourth-seeded Bokoshe at 7 p.m. while third-seeded Talihina plays second-seeded Spiro at 8:30 p.m.
For the boys, top-seeded Spiro will face Wister Friday at 7 p.m. with Poteau, the second seeds, meeting third-seeded Heavener at 8:30 p.m.
Spiro’s boys and girls barely advanced as both teams needed late scores to advance. The Lady Bulldogs got a pair of free throws Kanisha Hutchins in the final seconds to edge Poteau, 45-44, while Spiro’s boys trailed virtually the entire game before a basket by Devon Perry with six seconds remaining gave the Bulldogs a 50-48 win over Howe.
Hutchinson finished with 19 points to lead Spiro while Poteau, which led by nine at halftime, got 16 from Kaitlan Standridge and 11 from Colleen Peterson.
Howe’s boys had a 10-point lead in the third quarter, fell behind before rallying to lead by four with just over a minute remaining. Spiro fought back and Perry’s basket kept the Bulldogs’ championship hopes alive.
In a rematch of a semifinal game from last year, Bokoshe’s girls broke a tie going into the final quarter by outscoring Heavener, 11-7, in the final period to grab the 43-39 win.
Miranda McFarland led the Lady Tigers with 15 points while Rachael Swindle added 12. Amber Holt led Heavener with nine points.
After a three-point basket by Josh James to start the second half, Talihina’s boys had pulled to within 21-19. Poteau responded with an eight-point run to seize control and outscored the Tigers, 15-7, in the third quarter to take control of the contest.
Sophomores Kendrick Hardaway (12 points) and Jarrett Lowrimore with 11 led Poteau while Talihina, which starts two freshmen, was led by Hayden Dickson’s nine points.
Also at Heavener, freshman Noah Davis scored 17 points, all in the second half to life the Wolves to a come-from-behind 57-46 win over Pocola.
Heavener trailed by six heading into the second half before rallying. Davis scored all 11 of Heavener’s points in a 11-6 run spanning the last part of the third quarter and the start of the fourth period as the Wolves took the lead for good.
After Heavener stretched its lead to 45-39, Pocola came back to cut to 45-43 after a layup by Tyler Hutchins. The Wolves scored eight straight to put the game away and advance to the semifinals.
Tyler Hamm added 12 points for Heavener while Trevor Smith had 11 and Luke Culpepper 0. Preston Hobbs had 13 to lead the Indians while Tanner Francis added 10.
In the final winners bracket boys game at Spiro, Wister dominated the middle two quarters by outscoring Cameron, 31-16, en route to a 53-38 win over the Jackets.
Cody Luman had 25 points to lead Wister while Tyler Gibson added 13. Ryan Carter scored 12 points for Cameron while Dylan Poor added 10.
Howe’s girls got a big lift with 10 points from Abby Landeros off the bench as the Lady Lions broke the game open in the third quarter by outscoring Panama, 17-8, as the top seeds advanced with a 57-33 win.
In addition to Landeros, Howe’s two post players, Abigail McGarrah and Brianna Hillebrand combined for 24 points. McGarrah had 15 while Hillebrand added nine.
Kaylin Goins led Panama with 12 points.
Talihina’s girls also advanced by outscoring Arkoma. Talihina built an 11-point lead at halftime only to see the Lady Mustangs rally.
The Lady Tigers seized control in the final period by outscoring Arkoma, 24-15, to take a 76-59 win. Krissy Houston led four Talihina players in double figures with 21 points. Landry James added 13 while Chelsea Baggs and Cortney Williams each had 12.
Benny Torpe led Arkoma with 25 points while Kelsi Johnson added 15.
In losers bracket games, LeFlore’s girls downed Cameron, 42-31, and Arkoma won by a big margin over Bokoshe, 73-10.
Lindsey Mote led LeFlore with 25 points while Tasha Janway had 17 for Cameron. Tanner Steward’s 19 points paced Arkoma, which also got 17 from Christian Davis and 10 apiece from Jerry Anderson and Court Cassey.