PRYOR, OK —
Pryor's girls fought back from a 14-point second-half deficit but couldn't complete the comeback, dropping their season-opener 40-30 to Bishop Kelley Tuesday at the Burdick Center.
The Tigerettes (0-1) were down 30-16 midway through the third quarter before Sammy Gordon got hot, making four straight buckets after missing her first six. Gordon's eight points cut the gap to 32-24 heading into the final frame.
An Alyissa Harry free throw brought the Tigerettes within seven, and Hunter Gilstrap's trey with three minutes to play cut the Kelley lead to 34-28, but that was as close as Pryor would get.
Bishop Kelley (1-0) converted all four of its free throw attempts in the fourth quarter - and 15 of 21 for the game — to ice the contest.
Kelley's Jenny Berry led all scorers with 10 points. Leah Colon and Madeline McKenzie added eight apiece for the 12th-ranked Lady Comets.
Gordon and Gilstrap each netted eight points for the Tigerettes. Gilstrap, who drained both of the Tigerettes' 3-pointers, added a team-best seven rebounds. Harry pitched in three points and six boards off the bench, while Emily Osborne pulled down six boards.
Pryor starting guard Kelsie Kerns left the game late in the first quarter with a knee injury and did not return. She had three points.
Pryor will face Fort Gibson in the opening round of the Jerry Oquin Tournament Tuesday at Inola.