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January 4, 2013

Tigers fall for first time to Grove

PRYOR — Pryor lost a close one at home Friday to Grove, 48-43.

The Tigers came out poised to start the game with a 6-0 run.

A three-pointer from Grove junior Spencer Londagin midway through the opening quarter was the first of a barrage that followed the rest of the game.

In the second quarter, Pryor senior Thomas Ayres drained a three from the baseline, and sophomore guard Robert Ross found the bottom of the net from long range.

Londagin, however, caught fire in the period with three more from behind the arc.

The Tigers headed to the locker room down four at the break.

A sluggish first half defensive effort by Pryor reversed in the third quarter.

Senior Foster McCollough blocked a Grove forward seconds into the second half.

Tigers senior forward Chase Ross’ aggression in the paint slowed the Ridgerunners progress inside, and an improvised hook shot cut the lead to five.

Crafty senior guard Robert Ayres dipped into his bag of playground moves on an inbound play, bouncing the ball off an opponents back to himself for an easy two points down low.

Grove led by two at the end of three.

Both teams battled in the fourth.

Pryor’s effort to contest perimeter shots opened up passing lanes that Grove took advantage of.

Down by three with 24 seconds remaining, Pryor sophomore guard Robert Ross ripped the ball away from an opponent to give the Tigers possession.

Ross and senior guard Zac Baumert had open looks from beyond the arc, but neither fell.

Pryor’s coach was unavailable for comment.

The Tigers take on Claremore at home Jan. 8.

Girls

The Pryor Tigerettes lost to Grove 53-36 at home Friday.

The Lady Ridgerunners gained an early 8-2 lead with solid shooting and patient selection, while Pryor appeared to force shots for most of the first half.

Pryor handled Grove’s press efficiently but was unable to convert on easy baskets.

The TIgerettes employed their own full court press halfway through the second quarter, but Grove handled attempted traps with ease.

Head Coach Kim Barth said the press would have been more effective if all five players were in practiced positions.

“It was a different girl each time missing an assignment,” Barth said. “We had some success with it at times and the steal was right there.”

Pryor kept the game competitive, but lost definitively at rebounding,  which gave way to a consistent Grove lead.

In the second half, Pryor settled down enough offensively to get better looks at the basket.

The Tigerettes trailed by three in third before self-inflicted turnovers handicapped their chance to come from behind.

Senior Tishena Montoya led Pryor scorers with 14 points and freshman Kelsie Kerns dropped 12.

“Our turnovers are our biggest problem,” Kerns said. “They’re not even forcing us to turn the ball over.  It’s self inflicted.”

Barth said she will focus on execution and rebounding next week in practice.

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