Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

February 22, 2014

Tahlequah teams fall in regular-season finales at Skiatook

SKIATOOK — Despite forcing more than 20 Bulldog turnovers, Tahlequah could not overcome an icy start from the field Friday night and closed out its regular season with a 69-57 loss.

Shooting one-for-nine from the field in the first quarter, the Tigers were forced to play catch up all night before a rowdy Senior Night crowd at the Skiatook Mutipurpose Activity Center.

“We played a good ballgame, just not a good offensive first quarter,” Tahlequah coach Pat Dotson said. “We got outscored there, but we outscored them the rest of the night. We’re talking three- and four-point quarters, one of which we won.”

Senior guard Matt Alberty paced Tahlequah with 16 points. Skiatook sophomore Jake Surrette led all scorers with 20.

Tahlequah’s postseason run starts with a trip west, as the Tigers travel to No. 7 Edmond Deer Creek (13-8) Friday night. Other teams in the regional include Pryor (11-10) and No. 16 Oklahoma City Northwest Classen (10-9). The Antlers are currently riding a three-game winning streak with victories over Noble, McAlester and Guthrie.

“We’ve got four good prep days for that,” Dotson said. “We’ll go over Friday and see what we can get going.

“We’ll be trying to get video from other coaches, from our coaching colleagues and breaking it down to see what they do well and how we’ll match up physically.”

Like Tahlequah, Skiatook (8-13) heads to the Oklahoma City area for regionals along with Metro Lakes rivals Coweta and Collinsville. The Bulldogs take on No. 8 Del City (9-14) Friday at 8 p.m.

In the early game, seven fourth quarter turnovers by the Lady Tigers opened the door for the Skiatook Lady Bulldogs to run away with a 52-36 victory.

Tied at 29 through the end of the third quarter, Tahlequah scored a quick three early in the fourth quarter, then struggled with ball control for the rest of game, allowing Skiatook to build a double-digit lead.

The Lady Tigers were also forced to try to close out the game without senior starting forward Whitney Wright, who picked up her fourth foul early in the fourth quarter. Despite her extended time on the bench, Wright led Tahlequah with 13 points.

“We had to sit her (Wright) for a little bit and that hurt us pretty good,” coach Johnny Dyson said. “Whenever she goes out it’s rough on us, as she’s one of our leaders.”

Skiatook sophomore Mikayla Shulanberger led all scorers with 22, including 10 in the first quarter alone.

In order to make a return trip to the Big House, the Lady Tigers must break their four-game losing streak and by getting past Del City (8-14) Thursday night at Edmond Deer Creek High School.  The only Class 5A school in the Mid-State Conference, all but five of Del City’s games have been against larger schools, including Class 6A No. 4 Midwest City and Class 6A No. 8 Norman.             

“Our mission now is Del City,” Dyson said. “We wanted to build momentum with this game, but we’ll be building it in practice starting Monday. We’ll be watching film on them and trying to get a good feel for them.”

The Lady Bulldogs (12-10) open regional play Thursday night at Tulsa East Central against fellow Metro Lakes Conference member Coweta.

Skiatook 52, Tahlequah 36 (girls)

Tahlequah            11            11            7            7            36

Skiatook            16            5            8            23            52

Tahlequah: Wright 13, Girdner 11, Glory 5, Wade 3, Clarke 2, George 2

Skiatook: Shulenberger 22, Schulte 12, Stuckey 6, Linicome 5, Burdette 5

Skiatook 69, Tahlequah 57 (boys)

Tahlequah            3            19            17            18            57

Skiatook            13            22            12            22            69

Tahlequah: Alberty 16, Paris 12, Carlile 9, Smith 8, Craig 7, Kelley 5

Skiatook: Surrette 20, Lester 13, Massey 11, Wilkerson 7, Haynes 6, Sumner 5, A. Upton 3, S. Upton 2, Appelberg 2

1
Text Only
High School Sports
  • Date set for Keys football physicals

    Before scheduled practices can begin in order to prepare for the season, players must first receive a physical.
    Next Tuesday, Aug. 5, Keys High School will be administering physicals in the high school cafeteria.

    July 31, 2014

  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • TAH-MORGAN.jpg Brett’s ball club

    Brett Morgan taking over as Tahlequah’s softball coach

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Morgan taking over as Tahlequah’s softball coach

    July 14, 2014

  • -1.tif Playing through pain

    Tahlequah's Chase Campbell playing football despite an injured shoulder

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • o'donnell3.jpg Randee repairs shoulder

    Former Tahlequah standout Randee O’Donnell has shoulder operation before starting college career

    July 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • OSSAA to coaches: No more criticism of officials

    June 27, 2014

  • Benson.jpg Former Tahlequah coach hired at Duncan

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Stocks