Pryor lost to Bishop Kelley on the road Friday, 63-51, to end the Tigers three game winning streak.
Pryor led at the end of each quarter, until the Comets pulled away in the fourth.
Lead changes occurred with nearly every possession for the first half.
Heading into the half, Tigers senior guard Thomas Ayres hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to give Pryor a 26-24 lead.
A long three from Pryor sophomore guard Robert Ross, followed by back-to-back post moves from sophomore forward Ryan Ogg contributed to the TIgers one-point lead after three.
The fourth quarter difference in scoring was a result of Bishop Kelley’s trips to the free throw line.
The Comets went 12-12 in the last period while Pryor had only three attempts.
“We got a little impatient at the end and took a couple of bad shots,” Pryor Head Coach Greg Arnold said after the game.
Pryor opened its’ season against Bishop Kelley at home with a 48-34 loss.
However, Arnold likes where his team is midway through the season.
We had a good mindset heading into this game,” Arnold said. “We’ve gained some confidence and I think we left feeling like we gave that one away. I wanted this group to compete and I wanted them to feel like we should have won, and I think they did. The key is always to be better in the last third of the season.
Bishop Kelley junior guard Matt Craig led Comets scorers with 26 points, followed by sophomore guard Josh Lime’s nine.
Ross dropped 18 for the Tigers. Ogg and and junior forward Daniel Frailey had 8 apiece.
Pryor resumes play Jan. 4, in the Locust Grove Tournament.
The Lady Tigers fell to Bishop Kelley Friday, 52-42.
Both teams struggled in the first quarter getting shots to fall.
The Lady Comets pressed briefly, as Pryor handled ball-movement efficiently.
Bishop Kelley outscored Pryor in the second 16-9, and went to the locker room with a 24-15 lead.
Pryor went on an 8-0 run in less than a minute to start the second half, cutting the lead to one.
Pryor freshman guard Kelsie Kerns was good from beyond the arc three times and contributed a three-point play when she was fouled after a steal at midcourt.
The Lady TIgers decision to press in the third quarter posed a problem for the Lady Comets.
After consecutive steals by Pryor, Bishop Kelley appeared to lose composure.
Lady Comets freshman forward Leah Colon, however, went on a scoring spree in the fourth for multiple layups in the paint.
Kerns led Pryor scoring with 23 points, followed by senior guard Tishena Montoya, who had 11.
Pryor Head Coach Kim Barth feels the mistakes made by her team can be corrected.
“We missed a lot of easy shots and we had 31 turnovers,” Barth said. “They had less than five steals so the turnovers were self-inflicted. There are things we could be better at, but it isn’t a huge mountain to climb.”
The Lady Tiger’s effort made the game competitive for four quarters, a distinction their previous meeting was without.
Pryor fell 61-36 in the home-opener.
“Our girls are ready for a break, but they’re also ready to get back and compete,” Barth said. “Right now we are focusing on the positive.”
The Lady Tigers move to 2-6 on the year, and resume play in the Locust Grove Tournament Jan. 4.
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