By CRAIG HALL
Both Heavener teams opened Black Diamond Conference play Tuesday with wins over Hartshorne.
The Lady Wolves won the opener, 46-33, as expected while Heavener’s boys held off a late surge by the Miners to win the late game, 61-58, handing Hartshorne only its second loss of the season.
Heavener’s girls put the game out of reach with a 16-8 run in the second quarter to build a 28-14 lead at the half.
The Lady Wolves (6-2, 1-0) also outscored Hartshorne 15-7 in the third quarter as their pressure defense forced numerous turnovers which were converted into layups.
Jodie Hill had 12 points to lead Heavener while Sydney Crase added nine points. The Lady Miners fall to 3-7.
Heavener’s boys pulled off a mild upset with the win as Noah Davis scored the Wolves’ final four points, including a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left for the final points.
The senior also got a steal in the final seconds before Hartshorne’s 3-point shot missed late to allow the Wolves the win.
Things got hairy late in a game that appeared to be a blowout early. Heavener soared out to a 17-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter and still led 47-34 going into the final period.
Hartshorne, now 8-2, went on an 11-2 rally to start the fourth quarter and pull within 49-45 before Corry Duncan hit a big 3. The Wolves extended the lead to eight only to see the Miners score seven straight points to close the gap to 55-54.
Heavener broke Hartshorne’s press and Connor Place scored on a layup to put the lead back to three. The Miners pulled within one on a pair of free throws before Davis scored with 46 seconds left to put the margin back to three.
Hartshorne scored again before Davis hit both free throws with 30 seconds left for the final 61-58 score.
Davis finished with 24 points to lead the Wolves (4-3, 1-0) and Colt Dunigan added 14. Isiah Osife and Tyler Lindley each had 19 points for Hartshorne.
Heavener is back in action Friday at Poteau.
Heavener 46, Hartshorne 33
Hartshorne 6 8 7 7—33
Heavener 12 16 15 3—46
Hartshorne—Stiltner 9, Baker 9, Lyons 8, Miller 4, Semeski 2, Alexander 1.
Heavener—Jodie Hill 12, Sydney Crase 9, Jacee Manley 6, Makenzie Wilson 6, Emily Yandell 5, Azure Watkins 4, Kacee Manley 2, Reagan Alexander 1.
Heavener 61, Hartshorne 58
Hartshorne 4 17 13 24—58
Heavener 17 16 14 14–61
Hartshorne—Osife 19, Lindley 19, Angeli 9, Johnson 6, Barrier 3, Akins 2.
Heavener—Noah Davis 24, Colt Dunigan 14, Corry Duncan 8, Dillion May 7, Chance Dunigan 6, Dillan Stallings 2.