December 18, 2012

Tigers look to extend streak against Tahlequah

December 18, 2012 Sports Editor Wes Reynolds

PRYOR — Wes Reynolds

Sports Editor

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.

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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.

 

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