Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

February 8, 2014

Tahlequah girls dominate Bishop Kelley


Tahlequah had no answer for Bishop Kelley's Leah Colon and Jenny Berry when the two clubs met in early January.

On Friday night at the Tahlequah Multipurpose Activity Center, the script was flipped.

Whitney Wright scored 18 points and led Tahlequah's dominating effort in a 55-32 rout of Class 5A No. 11 Bishop Kelley in Metro Lakes Conference play.

"I feel like we're heading in the right direction at the right time of year," Tahlequah coach Johnny Dyson said. "We're doing some things right and some girls are stepping up and roles are being figured out. We've got some girls playing really well right now."

None more so than Wright and Kacady Glory.

Wright went six-of-13 from the field, including four 3-pointers to lead the way for Tahlequah (7-11, 5-3). Glory lit Bishop Kelley (6-11, 3-3) up by scoring 11 of her 15 points in the first half.

With Marisa Girdner battling foul trouble with three fouls before halftime and four fouls early in the third quarter, Wright and Glory took the reigns picked up the slack.

"That's the kind of things that we're able to do right now," said Dyson, whose club has now won three straight games. "One man goes down — or whatever it may be — and we've got others stepping up and filling those roles and filling those gaps."

Girdner still managed to finish with eight points, which was still higher than any scoring totals posted by Bishop Kelley players. Madeline McKenzie had a team-high six points for the Lady Comets.

But, as was the case all night, Bishop Kelley failed to execute on the offensive end. The Lady Comets finished 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) from the field to go along with 20 turnovers.

Tahlequah dropped in 17 of its 40 field-goal attempts and managed to only turn the ball over eight times.

Taking over early, the Lady Tigers went 10-of-23 from the field in the first half and led 29-14 at halftime. Tahlequah went from down 4-3 to up 11-3 at the end of the first quarter. Bishop Kelley pulled to within 14-8 in the second quarter, but the Lady Tigers closed the first half on a 15-6 run.

Then, to put the game away, Tahlequah outscored Bishop Kelley 11-3 in the third quarter, breaking the Lady Comets' spirits for good.

"We talked about that at halftime. Coming out in the third quarter, we had a little bit of a lead on them at halftime, and we wanted to make sure not to give them any hope," Dyson said. "We wanted to make sure that we jumped out on them in the first few minutes (of the third quarter), and we wanted to see some shoulders drop and some heads looking down."

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