The Pryor Times


April 23, 2014

Pryor splits with Collinsville on Sr. Night

PRYOR, OK — Freshman Whitney Jackson scored twice for Pryor to give the Tigerettes a 3-1 win over Collinsville in their season finale Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

Pryor (9-4, 5-2 District 5A-3) finished in third place in its district and will travel to play either Coweta, Cascia Hall or Edison in the first round of the playoffs May 6, depending on results from tonight’s games.

Senior Carman Silas scored with 13:28 left in the game to give the Tigerettes the final margin on an assist from Jackson.

Silas was one of eight senior girls honored between the boys’ and girls’ games. Those eight were playing in their last game at home.

“A good win,” PHS head coach Kirk Emerine said. “We’re struggling. We’ve got about four kids out with injuries right now that are starters. We’re plugging holes and hanging on.”

Jackson has taken over the main attacking role for the Tigers in senior captain Karissa Aubrey’s injury absence. Jackson floated her first goal over the head of the Collinsville keeper at the 18:16 mark of the first half.

Jackson made it a brace with 22:21 to go in regulation, collecting the third rebound on a Shannon Beasley miss and tapping it in to give Pryor a 2-0 lead.

Collinsville cut the lead in half a few minutes later, but Silas’ goal all but sealed the Tigerette victory.

The Tiger boys could not seal a win for their two seniors, falling to Collinsville 1-0 in a game that saw six yellow cards — five from the Cardinals.

Taylor Kegley and Corey Horton were the two seniors on a young team that exceeded many early expectations before fading down the stretch to finish at 5-8 and 1-6 in District 5A-3.

“It’s not just what they did on the soccer field, but the character they had,” Emerine said of Kegley and Horton. “I wouldn’t mind going 0-and-whatever coaching those kids. I mean, I’d be mad about losing, but those are great kids. I appreciate what they’ve done.”

Horton and Kegley were members of the only two Pryor boys playoff-qualifying teams in the last 13 seasons (2011, 2012).

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