By CRAIG HALL
HEAVENER—In the final regular-season game for both schools Tuesday night, Poteau’s girls and Heavener’s boys got off to hot starts.
The Lady Pirates kept it going in a 55-30 win while Heavener’s hopes of scoring an upset in the nightcap quickly went down the drain as Poteau won, 71-41.
Poteau and Heavener’s girls had split the first two games of the year with both teams winning one game in tight contests.
There was nothing tight in this senior night for Heavener as the Lady Pirates jumped out to a 23-1 lead in the second quarter.
Poteau did pretty much everything right while Heavener was cold in shooting and made a ton of turnovers against the improving Lady Pirates, who closed out the regular season with road wins over Spiro on Friday and against the Lady Wolves.
Heavener did make things a little interesting in the third quarter, going on a 14-5 run to pull within 29-21.
But Colleen Peterson hit a basket right before the buzzer and Briley Benson scored early in the fourth quarter to put the lead back up to 12.
Jordan Kannady scored for Heavener, but the Lady Pirates put the game away with a 9-0 run with Peterson scoring six straight followed by three points by Kaitlan Standridge for a 42-26 lead.
Peterson had one of her better games of the year, dominating inside in the first half while putting up a double-double with well over 10 rebounds in the first half alone and finishing with 15 points.
Standridge added 14 for Poteau while Benson tossed in eight.
Kannady was Heavener’s only scorer in double figures with 10 points.
In the second game, it was all Heavener early as the Wolves hit five 3-point baskets in the first quarter. The Wolves led 11-2 early before Poteau closed within 17-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Poteau came out pressing and Heavener did not respond well. The Pirates heated up on offense while the Wolves cooled off from the field and had problems hanging on to the ball.
The Pirates grabbed the lead in the second quarter and put the game away in the third period.
Poteau went on a 22-5 run in the second quarter to take a 32-22 lead before Heavener staged a rally to pull within 32-27 at halftime.
Any doubt about the outcome quickly disappeared in the third quarter. Poteau scored 10 points in just over 90 seconds and eventually scored the first 18 points of the quarter to lead, 50-27.
The Pirates took the third quarter by outscoring Heavener, 20-2, as they snapped a four-game losing streak and won going away.
Kendrick Hardaway led Poteau with 13 points while Wilson Klutts, Blake Roley and Marshall Jones each had 10 points. Trevor Smith had 19 for Heavener with 16 in the first half. The junior hit four 3-point baskets with three coming in the first quarter.
Both schools now go into district play. Poteau hosts Hilldale Saturday while Heavener visits Kansas on Friday.