Muldrow teams end week with road sweeps at Poteau, Checotah
The Muldrow basketball teams ended the week with a pair of NOAA Conference road sweeps as they swept Poteau on Saturday agternoon after doing likewise against Checotah on Friday night.
The Bulldogs capped a 3-0 week as they rallied for a 60-57 come-frombehind victory over the Poteau Pirates on Saturday afternoon at Poteau High School’s Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse after getting a 60-43 road win over the Checotah Wildcats on Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs ended last week with a two-game winning streak, also with back-to-back road NOAA Conference games as they beat the Checotah Lady Wildcats 51-29 Friday night, then avenged last month’s 5048 home conference loss to Poteau by downing the Lady Pirates 45-30 Saturday afternoon at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
MULDROW 60, POTEAU 57
MULDROW 60, CHECOTAH 43
In the boys’ road win over Poteau, the Bulldogs (8-6 overall, 4-2 in NOAA Conference play) trailed the Pirates 4028 with 3:07 left in the third quarter and ended the game with a 32-17 run.
For the game, the ‘Dogs put three players into double figures, led by a game-high 17 points from Kashan Bukhari, 15 points from Teaguen Collins and 10 points from Jaxson Anstine. Parker Sevenstar had eight points, followed by Hayden Bullock and Deshawn Wilson with three points each and Drew Prewett and Kenoy Releford with two points apiece.
In the boys’ road victory over Checotah, the Bulldogs trailed 15-11 after a quarter, but they outscored the Wildcats 49-28 over the final three periods to get the come-from-behind victory.
For the game, Muldrow once again had a trio hit for double figures, led by Sevenstar with 14 points, followed by Collins with 12 points and Bukhari with 11 points. Bullock had nine points, followed by Wilson with six points and Anstine and Jesse Kilinc with four points apiece.
“I think we’re starting to grow a little bit,” Muldrow boys coach Terry Collins said. “(Saturday’s game), we took a little step back, but we finally picked things up. I was proud of the way they fought back (against Poteau) and pulled it out.”
MULDROW 45, POTEAU 30
MULDROW 51, CHECOTAH 29
In the girls’ road win over Poteau, the Lady Bulldogs (10-4 overall, 4-2 in NOAA Conference play) rallied from an 18-17 deficit as Kennedi “Kiki” Wight hit a basket with 34 seconds remaining before halftime to give Muldrow a 19-18 halftime lead. Muldrow would never trail the rest of the way, building as much as a 17-point lead in the third quarter before an early fourth-quarter Poteau spurt cut the Muldrow lead to 39-30 with 5:36 left to play.
For the game, Muldrow put a trio of players into double figures, led by Wight’s 14 points, Claire Tabor’s 13 points and Katelynn Moore’s 12 points. Maysi Fields had four points, while London Hardin added two points.
In the girls’ road victory over Checotah, the Lady Bulldogs had a 12-8 lead after a period, but a 17-2 second quarter upped Muldrow’s advantage to 29-10 at halftime, which became a 40-16 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Tabor scored a game-high 13 points and Fields added 10 points to lead Muldrow, followed by Cailey Grinstead with eight points, Wight and Gracie Prewett with five points each and Hardin, Moore, Kayla Ellingberg, Jaydin Dean and Aubrey Luttrell with two points apiece.
“I definitely think we’re getting there (on track),” Muldrow girls coach Jana Armer said about her team’s two-game winning streak to end last week. “We really struggled scoring in the county finals (against Roland) and against Stilwell (on Jan.9). We went to Checotah (Friday) night and had a good outing, (Saturday), we had to find something that worked for us, and we did in the third quarter. I thought the whole game (against Poteau), we played great. I thought our defense was solid.”