By CRAIG HALL
Heavener split its home openers with Idabel on Saturday in the first varsity games played in the renovated gymnasium.
The gymnasium now has new bleachers with backs on both sides along with bleachers on the stage.
The crowd saw Heavener’s girls hold off Idabel late to take a 57-55 win while the Warriors’ boys were too much in the second contest, taking a 70-41 win.
Heavener hosts the Bi-State Festival on Dec. 29 and 30. Spiro, Oden, Ark. and Acorn, Ark. are the remaining three teams in the field.
Jodie Hill and Jacee Manley were both perfect on a pair of free throws late as Heavener built a five-point lead late to finally put away the Lady Warriors.
Heavener switched to a 2-3 zone in the second half and the move caused problems for Idabel. The Lady Wolves also got a big effort from Abbi Moody off the bench, as she made a difference down low by keeping the taller Idabel team off the offensive boards.
The Lady Wolves (4-1) trailed a good part of the game before outscoring Idabel (1-4) in the final quarter.
Hill led Heavener with 15 points. Jacee Manley added 12 and Makenzie Wilson scored 11. Miracle Beard had 14 for Idabel and Marquisha Vann added 13.
Heavener 57, Idabel 55
Idabel 12 13 11 19—55
Heavener 11 13 10 23—57
Idabel (1-4)—Marquisha Vann 13; Miracle Beard 14; Tahjane Harris 8; Stevesha Crush 3; Shyla Smith 10; Samantha Wolf 7.
Heavener (4-1)—Jodie Hill 15, Jacee Manley 12; Makenzie Wilson 11, Sydney Crase 8, Abbi Moody 4, Emily Yandell 3, Kacee Manley 2, Makaylee Wilson 2.
Idabel, ranked 11th in 3A, was simply too much for the Wolves, building a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and coasting to the win.
Idabel improves to 8-2 with the win while Heavener evens its record at 2-2.
The Warriors, which won the Wilburton Digger Invitational last week, ran out to a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and the Wolves could never get back into the contest.
Boochie Threatt led Idabel with 24 points and Ryan Scales added 15. Noah Davis’ 12 points paced Heavener.
Idabel 70, Heavener 41
Idabel 22 21 16 10—70
Heavener 11 15 8 7—41
Idabel (8-2)—Boochie Threatt 24, Ryan Scales 15; Kyreckus Murphy 6, Larintino Scales 5, K.J. Wells 5, Jemetrece Faulks 4, Kacy Beard 2, Kehshun Flowers 2, Antonio Zellers 2.
Heavener (2-2)—Noah Davis 12, Colt Dunigan 9, Chance Dunigan 6, Dillion May 5, Dillan Stallings 3, Corry Duncan 3, Jordan Terry 3.