TAHLEQUAH, OK —
The Tahlequah boys basketball team held off a furious fourth-quarter rally to defeat Pryor 69-62 Tuesday night inside the Tahlequah Multipurpose Activities Center in a Metro Lakes Conference contest.
Tahlequah (2-3, 1-1 Metro Lakes) entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 45-33 cushion and was able to sustain that same 12-point margin all the way until a Hunter Smith layup with 3:23 left gave the team a 59-47 advantage.
Tahlequah was coasting towards the finish line until Pryor (1-4, 0-1 MLC) used a 13-3 run in a little more than a minute’s time to pull within 62-60 with 1:51 remaining. Pryor sputtered late, however, as Tahlequah won what turned into a free-throw battle in the game’s final minutes.
Robert Ross led the visiting Tigers with 20 points. He was 5-for-11 from the field and made all nine free-throw attempts. Tyler Bradshaw added 11 points.
Tahlequah's Matt Alberty finished with a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. He was 8-for-14 overall and 11-for-15 at the free-throw line. Will Carlile added 16 points, and both Jake Vader and Keith Washington pulled down 10 rebounds for the home Tigers.
Tahlequah was 21-for-65 (32 percent) from the field, 4-for-15 (27 percent) from behind the three-point line and 23-for-37 (62 percent) at the charity stripe. Pryor shot at a 28-percent clip from the field (15-for-53), while going just 2-for-16 (13 percent) from downtown and connecting on 30-of-41 (73 percent) from the free-throw line. Tahlequah outrebounded Pryor 54-44.
Tigerettes fall to 0-5
TAHLEQUAH — The Tahlequah girls raced out to a 15-0 lead in the first five minutes of the contest, and Pryor was never able to recover in a 58-32 rout Tuesday night inside the Tahlequah Multipurpose Activities Center in the Metro Lakes Conference opener.
Pryor (0-5, 0-1) was able to settle down and escape the first quarter down just 16-3. The visitors were also able to squeak out an 11-10 second-quarter advantage to enter halftime down 26-14 and stayed close with a 38-25 deficit after three, but Tahlequah (3-2, 1-1 MLC) outscored Pryor 20-7 in the fourth quarter and overwhelmed the visitors late in the contest.
Ofy Chavoya led Pryor with 11 points and nine rebounds, but she was just 3-for-10 from the field. Hunter Gilstrap added seven rebounds, six steals and four assists, but she scored just three points after finishing 1-for-10.
Wright finished with a game-high 12 points for Tahlequah. She also added five rebounds, five steals, three assists, and two blocks in 24 minutes. Marisa Girdner added seven points, seven steals, six assists, and three boards.