CATOOSA - It was a split decision for the Catoosa Indians in the Class 4A regional consolation championship games Saturday afternoon at the Catoosa Indian Activity Center.
The Catoosa boys got past Poteau 59-52 while the Lady Indians fell to No. 12 Grove 67-32.
The Indians (18-9) will face Rogers County rival No. 17 Inola in the area tournament Thursday at Tulsa Webster High School. The Lady Indians finished 9-18.
CATOOSA 59, POTEAU 52 (boys)
J Coons, son of head coach John Coons, scored a career high 22 points for the Indians. Teammates Stryker Daniel and Gavin Phillips also had big games.
Daniel finished with 16 points and was perfect from the floor (4-of-4 on 2-pointers and 2-of-2 on 3-pointers). He also made both of his free throw attempts.
Phillips had a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kyson Hardaway paced the Pirates (12-15) with 20 points.
"Overall I am very proud of my guys," said coach Coons. "This week we have started to hit shots and that's been huge."
Catoosa appeared to have things under control after it built a 45-31 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Poteau, however, made a furious push to get as close as 52-51 with just under a minute remaining.
The Indians, however, closed things out with a 7-1 run thanks to some solid free throw shooting and tough defense.
Phillips hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 53 seconds left to make it 54-51. Fourteen seconds later, Jackson Hall made the front end of a 1-and-1.
Hall missed his second free throw, but Dalton Robertson came up with a huge offensive rebound and converted two more at the line three seconds later.
Poteau made one free throw with 22 seconds remaining. Coons and Phillips then split a pair at the line with 20 and 10 seconds left, respectively, for the final margin.
The Pirates hit ten 3-pointers in the game, but their attempts in the final minute misfired thanks to solid perimeter defense from Catoosa.
GROVE 67, CATOOSA 32 (girls)
Lunden Hecht finished with 14 points in her final game for the Lady Indians. Rory Geer had a game-high 29 points for the Ridgerunners (22-4).
Catoosa advanced to Saturday's game after victories of 42-36 over Miami on Thursday and 38-28 over Broken Bow on Friday.
The future looks bright for the Lady Indians. Kathryne Parrish, an all-state volleyball selection, is the only other senior they lose from this year's team besides Hecht.
Parrish has signed to play college volleyball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. Delaney LaBass, who scored six points against Grove, was the lone junior on this year's roster.
Sophomore Autumn Miller and freshman Faith Hopkins both did good things this season and both figure to play even bigger roles next year.