The Arkoma and Whitesboro girls along with the Cameron boys stayed alive in regional tournaments with wins in a busy night for county basketball.
Other winners for boys on Friday were Talihina, Pocola, Howe and Spiro. County girls teams which won Friday were Spiro, Pocola and Wister.
Whitesboro’s boys were eliminated in a regional losers’ bracket game in a 63-54 loss. Heavener’s boys and girls lost at Kansas in a pair of district games and Panama’s boys were eliminated in a district tournament game by Pocola (see STORY).
Pocola’s girls face Panama in a district tournament at Panama while Pocola’s boys play Gore.
Bokoshe’s girls are playing DC-Lamont for the regional championship at 6:30 p.m. at Stroud.
Poteau has its district games tonight at home against Hilldale with the girls set to start at 6:30 with the boys’ game to follow.
In Class A regional tournament action at Wilburton, Arkoma’s girls crushed Keota while Cameron came from behind to edge Kiowa.
Freshman Shaylea Whisenhunt scored 22 points, including six 3’s, as the Lady Mustangs moved on with a 66-38 win over Keota. Arkoma only led by two points at the end of the first quarter before outscoring the Lady Lions, 31-15 over the two middle quarters.
Kelsi Johnson added 10 points for Arkoma while Abby Gragg had eight and Bennye Torpe had seven. Arkoma plays Allen today at 1:30 p.m. at Wilburton for the chance to advance to the area tournament.
Cameron fell behind by 10 points early against Kiowa before rallying for a 42-38 win. The Jackets managed to cut the deficit to three points at halftime and pulled ahead for good in the fourth quarter.
Austin Standridge had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Cameron. Ryan Carter added 11 points and made several crucial free throws down the stretch while Dylan Poor had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Kenny Whitehead grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Jackets play Boswell at 3 p.m. today, also at Wilburton.
Whitesboro’s girls stayed alive with a 45-38 win over Moss and play Varnum today at 1:30 p.m. at Moss for a chance to advance to the area tournament. Whitesboro’s boys were eliminated with a 63-54 loss to Moss.
Wister’s girls and Howe’s boys won at the district tournament at Wister to stay alive.
The Lady Wildcats defeated Fort Towson, 51-46, in a back-and-forth contest. Wister outscored the visitors 15-11 in the final quarter to clinch the win after losing a double-digit lead at halftime and falling behind. Cheyanne Pilkington and Clara Brown each had 12 points to lead Wister.
Wister’s girls play Howe tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Wister for the district title.
Howe’s boys had no trouble in advancing with a 58-29 win over Fort Towson. The Lions pounded Fort Towson in the first half, building a 32-13 lead at the break and coasted to the easy win.
Stephen Helmandollar had 20 points to lead the Lions while Jared Brown added 13.
Talihina’s boys also advanced to the district finals in a 2A district at Warner with a 54-48 win over the hosts to advance to the finals tonight at 8 p.m. against Summit Christian.
The Lady Tigers had a bye and meet Warner at 6:30 p.m., also in the finals.
Spiro had a tough draw in the district tournament, forced to play at Eufaula, but both teams came away with wins and district championships.
Spiro’s girls downed 14th-ranked Eufaula, 47-43, to snap their losing skid. The Lady Bulldogs took control with a 15-2 advantage in the third quarter and held off the Lady Ironheads down the stretch.
Philicea Mack paced Spiro with 16 points while Sarika Willis added 15.
Spiro’s boys also won, 71-53, to advance to the regional tournament in the winners’ bracket.
Heavener fell in its district games at Kansas. The top-ranked Kansas girls swamped Heavener, 69-27. Sadie Watkins led Heavener with six points. Heavener’s boys fell behind by nine points at the end of the first quarter and could never recover in a 52-36 loss.
Luke Culpepper had 14 points to lead the Wolves while Trevor Smith added 12.
Both LeFlore teams were eliminated in Class B regional play. The Lady Savages fell to Braggs, 52-36, despite 23 points from Lindsey Mote. Mason’s boys eliminated LeFlore, 55-45. Dakota Watson and Garrett Singleterry each had 16 points for the Savages.