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January 25, 2014

Pitt 8 Tournament, Day 5

Cowboys, Lady Hornets take third

McALESTER — Lady Warriors 48, Demonettes 39:

Tori Cole scored 24 points, leading the Haileyville Lady Warriors to a 48-39 win against the Crowder Demonettes in the Pitt 8 Tournament consolation semifinals Friday at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester. Haileyville played Canadian in the consolation championships Saturday.

Though down 4 points at halftime, the Lady Warriors seized control of the game with a third quarter in which they outscored the Demonettes 21-5. Hannah Manning knocked down two 3-pointers to put Haileyville up 27-23, then Cole’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 30-23.

Cole went on to score 12 points in the third quarter, and the Lady Warriors went into the fourth quarter up 38-26. With the Demonettes struggling to score despite rebounding far better than the Lady Warriors, Crowder could only shave 3 points off its deficit in the fourth.

Zoey Carter led the Demonettes with 18 points, but 11 came in the first quarter. Kylee Bennett scored 11, but Crowder still exited the Pitt 8 Tournament with an 0-2 record.

Manning scored 11 for Haileyville. The Lady Warriors went 0-2 in the 2013 Pitt 8 Tournament, so this win guaranteed them a better finish in 2014.

Cougars 55, Panthers 27:

The Canadian Cougars scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked back, ultimately beating the Pittsburg Panthers 55-27 in the Pitt 8 Tournament consolation semifinals. Canadian played Savanna in the consolation championships Saturday.

Needing to play just three quarters, Chase Shearwood led the Cougars with 16 points. Paul Childers scored 10, and Ryan Leal and Caleb Jarrett both scored 9.

Leal also had the most acrobatic basket of the game, slashing his way past two Pittsburg defenders, passing the ball between his legs while in the air, then finishing the layup with an underhanded scoop-shot.

Gunner Parent scored 12 points for the Panthers, and Shawn Luman scored 8. Canadian outscored Pittsburg in all four quarters, the Cougars dominating the Panthers in essentially all facets of the game.

The Panthers went 0-2 in the 2014 Pitt 8 Tournament.

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