Pryor heads into Tuesday’s Tahlequah game, fresh off a three-game winning streak.
After a slow start (1-3) from the Mayes County squad with high preseason expectations, potential has *begun to materialize.
Their 4-3 record indicates the tide is turning.
In each of the Tigers recent triumphs, team-strengths have grown.
A five-point victory on the road over Fort Gibson began the streak.
A 57-35 blowout-win over visiting Collinsville the following week served as a defensive turning point, according to Head Coach Greg Arnold.
“Our entire intensity level was higher on defense, which carried over to offense,” Arnold said.
A one-point, overtime win at Skiatook last week required Pryor to battle back from a double-digit deficit.
The Tigers performance revealed a team capable of unrelenting mental toughness, a trait deserving attention from future opponents.
A 2-4 Tahlequah team is winless at home this year.
Though Pryor’s newly achieved, one-game above .500 status overshadows the Tiger’s 2-4 record, common-opponent statistics suggest the game may be closer than anticipated.
Both teams suffered high-margin losses to Bishop Kelley and dominating wins over Collinsville.
Pryor escaped Skiatook by one point, while only four points kept Tahlequah from a notch in their win column against the Bulldogs.
Tuesday, a Pryor team in the process of a successful turn-around will face an opponent on the road who is looking to develop a similar identity.
State of bliss
Keni Jo Lippe and Kylie Looney combined for 48 points in Adair's 74-43 romp over No. 11 Spiro in a Class 3A Area tournament championship at Skiatook Friday to help Adair punch a ticket to another state tournament.
Inola crushes Lady Pirates' state hopes
Locust Grove fell just shy of a Class 4A Area consolation final appearance with a 37-35 loss to Inola in a consolation semi Friday at Claremore High School.
Dale eliminates Chouteau despite Alsip’s 24
Junior guard Arlis Alsip piled on 24 points but it was not enough for Chouteau, as the Wildcats succumbed to Dale in overtime in a Class 2A Area consolation game at the Muskogee Civic Center Thursday.
Inola’s big second half ousts LG
Inola outscored Locust Grove by 19 points in the final two quarters to send the Pirates to an early exit from a Class 4A area tournament Thursday at Claremore High School by a 64-58 margin.
Henryetta ousts Adair, 70-58
Henryetta’s Chet Caywood scored a game-high 25 points to boost the Knights past Adair, 70-58, in a Class 3A Area consolation game Thursday at Skiatook High School.
Tigers smash Capitol Hill in openers
Pryor opened its 2014 baseball campaign with a doubleheader shutout of district foe Capitol Hill Thursday.
Soccer squads set to light up Tiger Stadium
Pryor head soccer coach Kirk Emerine gives some insight into the upcoming seasons of Tiger and Lady Tiger soccer.
Pryor's Johnson building many winning programs
The swim programs for Pryor and Adair were definitely in a rebuilding stage this year after losing several seniors, but Coach Traci Johnson laid a good foundation.
Salina baseball opens at No. 6
Salina will open its 2014 baseball season ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, according to the first polls published Tuesday on OSSAArankings.com.
Area hoops forecasts: Adair, LG to state
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