It was a rough day and night for LeFlore County teams as six county teams were eliminated in playoff action Thursday.
Both Heavener teams were eliminated by Atoka while Howe’s boys fell at home to Gore, Pocola’s girls saw their season end against Wister and the two remaining Class B teams fell in area play.
Howe’s girls and the Wister boys won their regional openers at Howe (see STORY).
Bokoshe’s girls fell to Burlington, 34-24, while Whitesboro’s girls could not overcome a slow start and fell to Caney, 37-34, in area play at Kingston.
Whitesboro was behind 22-8 at halftime before rallying in the second half to close the gap. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Caney 26-15 in the second half, but the first half deficit was too large.
Ashalee Nunley led Whitesboro with 12 points while Whitney Ward and Taylor Bowers each had eight.
Poteau’s girls fell in a winners’ bracket game to Roland on the opponents’ home court, 50-47. The Lady Pirates cut a big deficit to three points late before a turnover spoiled their comeback. Kaitlan Standridge led Poteau with 18 points while Colleen Peterson had 12 and Montana Roll 10.
The Lady Pirates play Broken Bow at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sallisaw.
Poteau’s boys stayed alive with a 46-36 win over Checotah as Kendrick Hardaway scored 15 points and Wilson Klutts added 10. The Pirates play Broken Bow Friday at 8 p.m., also at Sallisaw.
Spiro’s girls won their regional opener with a 37-30 victory on their home court over Keys. Sarika Willis was 16-20 from the charity stripe and finished with 18 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who next play Salina for the regional championship Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Carl Albert State College.
Spiro’s boys lost at home to Keys, 59-56, as the Bulldogs missed a long shot at the buzzer to tie the score. Knifeis Carter led Spiro with 21 points while Devon Perry had 17 and Jermaine Jimmerson 14. Spiro plays Antlers Friday at 3 p.m. at CASC.
Talihina’s girls advanced to the regional finals at Warner with a 51-48 win over Hulbert. The Lady Tigers will take on undefeated and third-ranked Oktaha for the regional championship Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Warner.
Talihina’s boys stayed alive with a 65-46 win over Central Sallisaw. The Tigers play Crowder Friday at 8 p.m. at Warner.
Heavener’s boys and girls fell at home to Atoka to end their seasons. Despite Trevor Smith’s 29 points, the Wolves fell 56-52 to the Wampus Cats. Luke Culpepper added 12 points for Heavener.
The Lady Wolves came out on the short end of a 47-44 contest. Amber Holt had 11 points and Logan Hinds 10 for the Lady Wolves.
Wister’s girls used a 14-9 advantage in the final quarter to down Pocola, 52-49. Jayla Roath led Wister with 16 points while Clara Brown added 11. Taylor Farley scored 18 for Pocola, all in the first three quarters before fouling out. Shayla Thompson added 13 for the Lady Indians.
Wister’s girls play Rattan at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ada.
Howe’s boys couldn’t overcome a big deficit and fell to Gore, 59-56. The Lions trailed by 12 points entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Pirates by nine points to make the final interesting.
Stephen Helmandollar had 19 points to lead Howe and Daniel Barnhart added 10.