By CRAIG HALL
The Oklahoma teams completed a 4-0 sweep over the Arkansas teams in the first day of the Bi-State Festival on Monday.
Spiro’s teams came from behind to sweep Acorn, Ark. in the two opening games before Heavener took both its games from Oden, Ark. in the late contests.
The Bi-State Festival continues on Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m. The Oklahoma and Arkansas teams switch opponents for day two of the Festival with Spiro playing Oden at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. while Heavener faces a couple of difficult tests against Acorn at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Heavener’s girls improved to 5-1 and avenged its only loss of the season with a 43-27 win over Oden. In the earlier meeting at the Gary Ford Invitational at Hartford, Oden rallied late to down the Lady Wolves 53-51 as Kelsey Simmons scored 29 points.
Simmons wasn’t a factor in this game, however, as Heavener’s guards applied constant pressure on the visitors and the Lady Wolves shored up their interior defense.
With the score tied at 9 early in the second quarter, Heavener went on an 18-0 run spanning the last part of the second quarter and early part of the third period to take control.
Freshman Sydney Crase had her best game for Heavener, scoring a career-high 11 points and played a big role in the Lady Wolves’ interior defense in shutting down Simmons. Kaitie Philpot led Oden with 11 points.
Heavener’s boys blew out to a 25-6 lead at the end of the first quarter before coasting the remainder of the contest as coach Jeff Chronister emptied his bench.
Colt Dunigan was impossible to stop down low for the Wolves. He finished with 21 points after scoring 17 in the first half. Noah Davis added 11 for Heavener.
Aaron Carmack led Oden with 15 points.
Spiro’s girls trailed by 10 at the half before rallying for the win to improve to 5-1. The Lady Bulldogs were down 31-21 after two quarters before going on a 15-6 run in the third period to get back into the game.
Trailing 39-36, Carleigha Thompson scored six straight points to give Spiro the lead. Acorn, which drops to 15-3, rallied to take a 43-42 lead before the Lady Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to finish the game.
Thompson had 19 points to lead Spiro while Carli Means had 12 and Bailey Cox 10. Jessica Lonney had 23 points for Acorn.
Spiro’s boys actually trailed early before going on a big run to take a 90-69 win over the Tigers. The Bulldogs’ McKinley Whitfield and Jerry Vega did not start and when they came into the game, Spiro trailed 20-16.
Spiro then went on a 32-13 run up through halftime and the rout was on. Vega finished with 24 points to lead the Bulldogs while Lafayette Hutchinson and Shammand Williams each finished with 14 and Whitfield scored 11.
Acorn’s Sky Jackson topped his team with 31 points, including an impressive dunk in the fourth quarter for his final points.
Heavener 43, Oden 27
Oden 5 4 5 13—27
Heavener 7 17 6 13—43
Oden—Kaitie Philpot 11, Kelsey Simmons 8, Sara Black 8
Heavener (5-1)—Sydney Crase 11, Makenzie Wilson 9, Jacee Manley 6, Jodie Hill 6, Kacee Manley 3, Reagan Alexander 3, Azure Watkins 2, Emily Yandell 2, Abbi Moody 1.
Spiro 52, Acorn 45
Acorn 16 15 6 8—45
Spiro 8 13 15 16—52
Acorn (15-3)—Jessica Lonney 23, Long 9, Oglesby 9, Howard 2, Fagen 2.
Spiro (5-1)—Carleigha Thompson 19, Carli Means 12, Bailey Cox 10, Hallie Harper 4, Miriah Steele 4, Vanessa Clayton 3.
Heavener 60, Oden 46
Oden 6 14 6 20—46
Heavener 25 15 9 11—60
Oden—Aaron Carmack 15, Lane Wagner 6, Jacob Millwood 6, Tyler Fair 5, Matt Vincent 4, Austin Golden 3, Matt Thomas 3, Austin Bledsoe 2.
Heavener—Colt Dunigan 21, Noah Davis 11, Ashton Wright 9, Corry Duncan 7, Jordan Terry 7, Dillion May 5.
Spiro 90, Acorn 69
Acorn 20 13 19 17—69
Spiro 19 29 28 14—90
Acorn—Sky Jackson 31, Justin Hogan 17, Ashton Parlon 9, Bissell 4, Frost 2, Cottrell 2.Spiro—Jerry Vega 24, Lafayette Hutchinson 14, Shammand Williams 14, McKinley Whitfield 11, Braedon Howard 9, Brent Stout 7, Jyreeh Johnson 6, Jason Hickman 5.