By CRAIG HALL
Heavener’s girls and Talihina’s boys pulled out big wins in Black Diamond Conference games here Thursday.
The Lady Wolves improved to 8-3 and 2-1 with a dominating win, 65-24, while Talihina was in control most of the way in handing Heavener’s boys their first conference loss, 57-44.
Both teams are in action again on Friday as Heavener hosts Stigler in its homecoming while Talihina hosts Wilburton. Heavener will hold a pep rally at 2 p.m. with homecoming activities starting at 5:45 p.m.
Heavener bounced back from its disappointing 46-41 loss to Wilburton on Tuesday with the big win. The Lady Wolves jumped ahead 24-7 at the end of the first quarter and outscored Talihina in every quarter.
Freshman Makenzie Wilson led Heavener with 13 points, all coming in the first quarter, while Jacee Manley and Jodie Hill each had 10. The Lady Wolves pulled the starters late in the third quarter and gave all the players playing time.
Melinda Ludlow’s nine points topped Talihina.
Heavener 65, Talihina 24
Talihina 7 4 5 8—24
Heavener 24 15 12 14—65
Talihina—Melina Ludlow 9, Mariah Crank 7, Jayla Johnson 6, Hailey McClain 2.
Heavener—Makenzie Wilson 13, Jacee Manley 10, Jodie Hill 10, Sydney Crase 9, Kacee Manley 4, Katon Chitwood 4, Reagan Alexander 4, Azure Watkins 3, Abbi Moody 2, Christian Schiffner 2, Shelby Smith 2.
Talihina showed why it got the top seed for next week’s LeFlore County Tournament, jumping out to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Golden Tigers upped the lead to 31-14 at the half before Heavener pulled with nine points on a 3-point basket with 7:01 remaining as the Wolves went on a 16-8 run.
Talihina regained control and the lead swelled down the stretch after a 13-2 run to begin the third quarter.
The Golden Tigers improve to 6-6 while Heavener drops to 5-5 and 2-1 in conference play.
Talihina 57, Heavener 44
Talihina 16 15 6 20—57
Heavener 5 9 13 17—44
Talihina—Keaton Jackson 22, Alan Lockhart 14, Cord Fitzgerald 7, Trey Hawkins 4, Bryar Humphreys 4, K.D. Morris 2.
Heavener—Noah Davis 18, Dillion May 13, Colt Dunigan 4, Ashton Wright 4, Taylor Meeks 3, Jordan Terry 2.