TAHLEQUAH 56, STILLWELL 52 – In an overtime thriller, a bucket and six made free throws were the difference for the Tigers. The bucket was by Dalton Cunningham who had all of his 17 points in the second half after first-half foul trouble.
The pressure free throws, four of which belonged to Matt Alberty who had 10 points on the night, proved to be the difference. Down eight in the third, sophomore Alex Paris hit from way downtown to ignite Tahlequah (3-3) to push through some early game struggles and close the gap on the Indians. The Tigers take on Charleston, Ark., in the Siloam Springs tournament at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 2
ROLAND 78, HASKELL 71 – The Haymakers’ four double-digit scorers didn’t add up to a victory for the home team. Alex Wheeland led the way for Haskell (4-2) with 19. Micah Hayes and Wes Davis combined for 28 points, each finishing up with 14. Riley Atwell accounted for 12, but the Haymakers couldn’t overcome 10 missed free throws and the Rangers domination on the glass. The two teams meet up again at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Roland.
SALLISAW 45, STIGLER 28 – No stats available at press time.
STILWELL 62, TAHLEQUAH 47 – The Lady Indians jumped out to 21-10 lead after the first period and that’s all they needed to cruise to an easy victory. Lyndsay Wade finished up with 14 points as the only Lady Tiger in double-digits. The Lady Tigers made a fourth-quarter push, doubling up the Lady Indians 16-8, but the lead was insurmountable. Tahlequah (3-3) will play next against Gentry, Ark., in the Siloam Springs Tournament on Jan. 2.
ROLAND 57, HASKELL 49 – Denora Wheeland and Joanna VanBrunt teamed up to knock down 47 of the 49 total points by the Lady Haymakers. Wheeland poured in 27 while VanBrunt put in work from the field and crashing the glass. She had her first double-double finishing with 20 points and grabbing 11 boards. Haskell (1-4) was down 15 at half and narrowed the lead to 4 entering the fourth, but couldn’t keep up with Lady Rangers down the stretch. The Lady Haymakers play Summit Christian in first round action of the Shrine tournament at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
SALLISAW 44, STIGLER 32 – Nina Echelle was the lone double-digit scorer for the Lady Panthers with 10 points on a slow offensive night. Stigler (3-3) managed only 15 first half points and trailed by 8 at the intermission. The Lady Panthers look to rebound in the Sequoyah County Tournament with first round opponent Vian at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7.
WILDCATS PLACE THREE – Checotah had three boys place in the Poteau Border Brawl. Hunter Collins took first in the 220-pound division with four pins in the event, Seth McKibben brought home second at 126 with three pins on the day and Kaleb Fox placed third at 120, also with three pins on the afternoon.