McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 11, 2014

Midweek Update: Kiowa sweeps Pitt 8 Conference

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Despite it snowing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, most local basketball teams found a way to get at least a couple of games in during this past week. For Class A and B schools about to start district tournaments, it’s especially critical to not get too long a break heading into the postseason.

The following scores reported to OSSAARankings.com.

Canadian:

The Cougars beat Savanna 52-43 on Feb. 4, then beat Pittsburg 59-47 on Monday. The Lady Cougars lost 51-27 to Savanna and 55-26 to Pittsburg.

Canadian wrapped up its regular season Tuesday against Dewar. Class 2A district tournaments start Feb. 21, which for Canadian will be at Dale.

Crowder:

Crowder’s games against Savanna on Friday were canceled due to inclement weather. That meant Crowder took a 12-day break into Tuesday’s games at Hanna, the Demons and Demonettes last having played Jan. 30 against Oktaha.

Crowder wraps its regular season Tuesday against Tushka. Class 2A district tournaments start Feb. 21, which for Crowder will be at Hartshorne.

Haileyville:

Haileyville lost Friday’s games at Stuart to inclement weather, then lost both of Monday’s games at Kiowa by 40 points or more. The Warriors lost 73-33 to Kiowa, and the Lady Warriors lost 76-31.

The Warriors-Cowboys game was a chance for revenge after the Pitt 8 Tournament semi-finals, when Haileyville upset Kiowa. With its wins, Kiowa secured both boys’ and girls’ conference titles.

Haileyville wrapped its regular season Tuesday at Pittsburg. Haileyville’s district tournament starts Friday against Clayton at Stuart.

Hartshorne:

The Miners rescheduled their Jan. 4 games against Stigler to Thursday, and it definitely paid off. They beat Stigler 43-49, then beat Wilburton 55-42 on Friday.

The Lady Miners lost 43-31 to Stigler but came back and beat Wilburton in overtime, 63-59. In a rivalry known as the “Battle of Gowen Mountain,” the Miners went 3-0 against Wilburton this season, while the Lady Miners went 1-1.

Hartshorne played Talihina on Tuesday and wraps up its regular season Friday at Pocola. Hartshorne will host a Class 2A district tournament starting Feb. 21.

Indianola:

Inclement weather ruined both Indianola’s Feb. 3 game at Midway and Friday’s game at Pittsburg. Indianola wrapped up its regular season Tuesday at home against Calvin.

The Warriors have one win this season, and the Warriorettes have none. With Indianola also opening its Class B district tournament against Calvin at Buffalo Valley on Friday, Tuesday’s game could be an indicator of how far Indianola will go in the postseason.

Kiowa:

The Cowboys and Cowgirls went into Monday’s home games against Haileyville with twin 7-0 Pitt 8 Conference records. The Cowboys also had the bitter memory of Haileyville upsetting them in the Pitt 8 Tournament semifinals.

Those factors likely gave Kiowa some added motivation, as the Cowboys and Cowgirls went on to dominate the Warriors and Lady Warriors, respectively. The Cowboys won 73-33, and the Cowgirls won 76-31.

With their wins, Kiowa won both the Pitt 8 boys’ and girls’ conferences. The Cowboys and Cowgirls were ranked 12th and third, respectively, in Class A as of Tuesday morning.

Kiowa’s Feb. 4 game at Caddo was canceled due to inclement weather. Kiowa wrapped its regular season Tuesday against Tupelo, and next plays in the District 1 Tournament championship Saturday at Kiowa.

McAlester:

The Buffs tried twice to get in their annual Pounce On The Ada Cougars game last week. But Tuesday’s games had to be canceled due to inclement weather, as did Thursday’s.

With three games against Class 5A teams still to be played this season and Regionals starting Feb. 27, the POTAC game had to be canceled.

Both the Buffs and Lady Buffs were 6-12 before McAlester hosted Durant on Tuesday. McAlester next plays Edmond-Deer Creek at home on Friday.

Pittsburg:

Pittsburg couldn’t play Indianola on Friday because of inclement weather. The Warriors lost Monday’s game against Canadian 59-47, but the Lady Panthers won 55-26.

Pittsburg wrapped its regular season Tuesday at home against Haileyville. The Panthers start their Class B district tournament Friday against Milburn at Wapanucka, and the Lady Panthers start theirs Saturday in the district championship.

Quinton:

With its Feb. 4 games against Kinta canceled due to inclement weather, Quinton instead played Broken Bow on Thursday. The Savages lost to Broken Bow 61-51, and the Lady Savages lost 47-22.

Quinton bounced back Friday by sweeping Panama, the Savages winning 60-47 and the Lady Savages winning 44-21. Quinton finished its week by splitting Monday’s games against Keota, the Savages losing 64-58 but the Lady Savages winning 52-28.

Quinton played Arkoma on Tuesday and finishes its regular season Friday at home against Howe. Quinton will be at Hartshorne for a Class 2A district tournament starting Feb. 21.

Savanna:

Savanna played just one game last week: a Feb. 4 game at Canadian, which the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs split. The Lady Bulldogs won 51-27, but the Bulldogs lost 52-43.

Savanna’s games against Crowder were postponed due to inclement weather. Savanna played Antlers on Tuesday and wraps up its season this Tuesday at home against Coalgate.

Savanna will be at Talihina for its Class 2A district tournament starting Feb. 21.

Stuart:

The Hornets and Lady Hornets have gone a combined 3-1 in the last week. The Hornets beat Tupelo 72-44 on Thursday, but then lost to Weleetka, the No. 4 team in Class A, 75-49 on Monday.

The Lady Hornets beat Tupelo 56-30 and Weleetka 46-35. They head to Districts on a five-game winning streak.

Stuart saw both its Feb. 4 games against Roff and Friday’s games against Haileyville canceled due to inclement weather.

The Hornets were ranked ninth in Class A as of Tuesday morning.

Stuart’s regular season has ended. Stuart next plays Saturday at home in the District 2 Tournament championship.

Wilburton:

Wilburton won just one game last week, the Lady Diggers beating Heavener 76-40 on Feb. 4. The Lady Diggers then lost 63-59 in overtime to Hartshorne on Friday.

The Diggers lost 53-7 to Heavener and 55-42 to Hartshorne.

Wilburton next plays Friday at home against Talihina, then wraps up its regular season Monday against Panama.Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com