The Pryor Times

January 16, 2013

Pryor gives Coweta problems

Sports Editor
Wes Reynolds

PRYOR — Pryor gave Coweta a battle Tuesday for homecoming before falling 55-43 to the number 3-ranked visitors.

Coweta started the game hot with an 11-0 run with its first nine points coming from beyond the arc from three players.

Pryor wouldn’t rollover,  fighting back with their own long-range assault. Seniors Zac Baumert and Chase Ross and sophomore Robert Ross found the bottom of the net from downtown to help cut Coweta’s lead to three at the end of the first quarter.

Coweta’s perimeter shooting went cold in the second period while Pryor turned up the defensive intensity.

Ross stepped sacrificed his body, taking a charge and later dropped two-points with what has become a signature hook shot from the middle of the paint.

Pryor junior Ryan Ogg deterred Coweta from gaining confidence inside via a block on the baseline.

Pryor trailed by as few as two points in the second but trailed 31-22 at the break.

The third quarter defined Pryor’s progress throughout the night. Scrappy Pryor defense enabled the home team to tie the game but never lead.

Senior Foster McCollough stalked a Coweta pass for a steal, then spotted up for a trey on a fast break late in the quarter.

The fourth quarter felt like the Twilight Zone because of questionable calls from referees.

Midway through the final period, Pryor Head Coach Greg Arnold was called for a technical foul from the opposite end of the court by a referee who simultaneously called a shooting foul on a Coweta player.

Later in the quarter, a two-shot foul was called against Pryor.

After one missed shot ,the referee called the game as if the ball was live (to Coweta’s benefit).

“I was really proud of the way our kids played tonight,” Arnold said. “We just have to make a couple more shots down the stretch, but we were right there with this team...They’re a solid team. I thought after we settled down we battled with them. I told the guys after the game that if we play at that level each week there’s nobody on our schedule the rest of the year who can beat us.”