By CRAIG HALL
HEAVENER—It was far from a thing of beauty.
But down the stretch, Heavener’s boys hit enough shots and made enough stops to down Wilburton, 48-43, here Monday night to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Wilburton’s girls were simply too strong for the Lady Wolves in the first game, downing Heavener, 64-41, behind four players in double figures.
In the second game of the night, the two teams were locked in a head-to-head battle for most of the night as Wilburton’s defense kept Heavener frustrated most of the contest and forced the Wolves into way too many turnovers.
But after Wilburton’s Hunter Nixon hit his third 3-point shot of the fourth quarter to tie the game once again at 39 with only 3:32 remaining, the Wolves finally got the offense going.
Trevor Smith hit a long 3 to put the Wolves up, 42-39, and followed it up with a steal and layup to increase the margin to five.
Nixon cut the lead to three before Tyler Hamm hit a basket off a nice feed from Luke Culpepper and after a stop, Noah Davis hit one of two free throws with 24 seconds left to up Heavener’s advantage to 47-41.
Nixon, who had all 10 of Wilburton’s points in the fourth quarter and the final 13 of the game for the Diggers, answered with a layup before Davis hit another free throw for the final margin.
After being tied at 21 at halftime, Heavener got a good start in the third quarter behind a long trey by smith and a layup by Culpepper to build a quick five-point lead.
Wilburton came back with a 9-0 run to take the lead before Smith scored five quick points to give the Wolves a one-point lead before Nixon nailed a 3 at the buzzer for a 33-31 lead going into the final period.
Nixon kept the Diggers in the game during the second half after teammate Cody Arnold did in the first two quarters, scoring 13 of Wilburton’s 21 points in the first half.
Smith scored a game-high 23 points for Heavener, including 16 in the second half. Culpepper added eight for the Wolves, now 3-0.
Heavener’s girls ran into a buzzsaw in the opener. Wilburton sliced the Lady Wolves’ defense for 23 points in the first quarter while building a 16-point lead.
The Lady Wolves tried to rally in the second quarter and cut the lead to eight points before Wilburton scored the final four points of the quarter to up the lead back to 12.
Wilburton then went on a 13-2 run to start the second half and Heavener’s chances were over.
Jodie Hill had a season-high 21 points to lead Heavener, now 1-2. Brooke Saxon led the balanced Wilburton scoring 19 points while Christine Sockey had 14, Kelbie Moon 13 and Sam Vanderburg 11.
Heavener will be back in action Thursday at the Wilburton tournament. The girls take on Red Oak Thursday at 10 a.m. while the Wolves play Eufaula at 2:30 p.m.
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