McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

January 1, 2014

Midweek Update: Warriors sweep Panama Holiday Festival

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — The Haileyville Warriors and Lady Warriors spent the weekend at the Panama Holiday Festival. Find out how they did, plus when every team next plays.

Canadian:

Canadian’s season continues Monday with a trip to Haileyville. The Cougars are 7-2 this season, and the Lady Cougars are 1-9.

Crowder:

Crowder basketball heads to Quinton to begin the 2014 portion of its schedule Tuesday. The Demons went 3-7 in 2013, and the Demonettes went 2-9.

Haileyville:

The Lady Warriors lost both their games in the Panama Holiday Festival, falling 72-50 to Acorn, Ark., on Saturday and 61-35 to Panama on Monday. Tori Cole led the Lady Warriors in both games, knocking down a combined 14 3-pointers and scoring 58 points in the two games.

“The game was never in doubt, and (Acorn’s coach) let her score her points,” Haileyville coach Jody Hull said of Cole on Tuesday.

“If they leave her open, she can hit them.”

Though the losses dropped the Lady Warriors to 1-6, Hull said his team shot well at the free throw line, going a combined 13-for-17 against Panama.  Hull also called both opposing coaches “classy” for regularly subbing in reserves to try to keep the score from getting out of hand.

“They were just so much bigger and stronger than our kids,” Hull said.

“I can’t get mad at them when we’re outclassed but they’re still trying.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, swept Acorn and Panama to finish 2013 with a 5-3 record. Haileyville beat Acorn 65-60 on Saturday and Panama 62-48 on Monday.

“We were down 29-19 at halftime, and we went on a 20-0 run in the third quarter,” Hull said of the Acorn game.

“In the third quarter we came out and went to our half-court trap and it was very effective. We got a lot of steals and hit five 3-pointers.”

Tristan Tiger scored 24 points for Haileyville against Acorn. Jason Mayo scored 15, Seth Davison scored 11, James Hart scored 8 and hit two key free throws in the final minute of the game.

The Warriors didn’t have Bryer Stites available Saturday, but he returned Monday and scored 18 points against Panama. Mayo scored 13, Davison scored 11 and Hart scored 5.

“He came in there and was ready to play,” Hull said of Stites. “Jason Mayo played well. Seth Davison at times played well. All the kids, everybody got to play.”

Haileyville hosts Canadian on Monday.

Hartshorne:

Hartshorne’s basketball season continues at home Tuesday against Heavener. The Miners are 4-1, and the Lady Miners are 2-3.

Indianola:

Indianola’s basketball season continues at home Tuesday against Kiowa. The Warriors won just one game in 2013, and the Warriorettes won none.

Kiowa:

Kiowa heads to Indianola on Tuesday to start the 2014 portion of its schedule. Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls went 7-3 in 2013.

McAlester

McAlester’s basketball season continues at the Savage Classic at Broken Bow on Saturday. The Lady Buffaloes play Idabel at 4 p.m., then the Buffs play Idabel at 5:30 p.m.

The Buffs went 3-3 in their first six games, and the Lady Buffs went 1-5.

McAlester’s wrestling season resumes Jan. 9 at home against Durant.

Pittsburg:

Pittsburg next plays Tuesday at home against Bennington. The Panthers enter 2014 with a 2-9 record, and the Lady Panthers enter 7-4.

Quinton:

Quinton next plays Tuesday at home against Crowder. The Savages are 3-3, the Lady Savages 3-0.

Savanna:

Savanna will spend next week at the Henryetta Invitational Tournament. The Bulldogs play Weleetka in the first round Monday at 6:20 p.m.

The winner of Savanna-Weleetka will play the winner of Kiefer-Eufaula on Thursday at 8:20 p.m. The loser will play the loser of Kiefer-Eufaula on Friday at 9 p.m.

The Lady Savages play Wilburton in the first round Monday at 7:40 p.m. The winner of Wilburton-Savanna will play the winner of Weleetka-Henryetta on Thursday at 7:40 p.m.

The loser will play the loser of Weleetka-Henryetta on Friday at 7:40 p.m. The boys’ and girls’ consolation finals, third-place games and championships all take place Saturday.

Stuart:

Stuart’s basketball season continues Tuesday at Canadian. The Hornets enter 2014 with an 8-1 record, and the Lady Hornets enter 7-2.

Wilburton:

Wilburton will play in the Henryetta Invitational Tournament next week. The Diggers play Henryetta in the first round Monday at 9 p.m.

The winner of Henryetta-Wilburton will play the winner of Okmulgee-Metro Christian on Thursday at 9 p.m. The loser will play the loser of Okmulgee-Metro Christian on Friday at 6:20 p.m.

The Lady Diggers play Savanna in the first round Monday at 7:40 p.m. The winner of Wilburton-Savanna will play the winner of Weleetka-Henryetta on Thursday at 7:40 p.m.

The loser will play the loser of Weleetka-Henryetta on Friday at 7:40 p.m.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.