SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — Whitney Wright was relegated to seven points on Thursday against Gentry (Ark.). But Tahlequah’s senior guard buried a crucial 3-pointer in the final minutes to catapult Tahlequah to a 36-31 victory in the opening round of the 2014 Siloam Springs Holiday Classic at the Panther Activity Center.
Wright’s 3-pointer in the fourth quarter tied the game at 30, and Tahlequah rallied past Gentry. In fact, the Lady Tigers (4-3) scored 15 of the final 18 points in the contest.
Lindsay Wade led Tahlequah with 16 points.
Tahlequah trailed 19-12 at halftime but was able to mount a comeback at the free-throw line. The Lady Tigers finished the game 11-of-13 from the foul line, while Gentry was a mere three-of-18.
“We adjusted well in the second half and got some shots to fall,” Tahlequah coach Johnny Dyson said.
Tahlequah will take on Siloam Springs in the semifinals at 7 tonight.
The Tahlequah boys fell in their opening game of the tournament, falling 61-51 to Charleston (Ark.). The Tahlequah coaching staff, however, failed to report any details about the game prior to deadline time. The Tigers will take on Greenwood (Ark.) in the consolation semifinals today at 11:30 a.m.
2014 Siloam Springs Holiday Classic
At the Panther Activity Center (Siloam Springs, Ark.)
Game 1: Tahlequah 36, Gentry 31
Game 2: Conway 68, Charleston 30
Game 3: Prairie Grove 47, Claremore 45
Game 4: Siloam Springs def. Western Grove
Game 5: Charleston vs. Claremore, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Gentry vs. Western Grove, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Conway vs. Prairie Grove, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Tahlequah vs. Siloam Springs, 7 p.m.
Game 9: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 10 a.m.
Game 10: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 11: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 4 p.m.
Game 12: Championship, 7 p.m.
Game 1: Charleston 61, Tahlequah 51
Game 2: Prairie Grove 43, Greenwood 38
Game 3: Shiloh 58, Claremore 56
Game 4: Siloam Springs 63, Western Grove 44
Game 5: Tahlequah vs. Greenwood, 11:30 a.m.
Game 6: Claremore vs. Western Grove, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: Charleston vs. Prairie Grove, 5:30 p.m.
Game 8: Shiloh vs. Siloam Springs, 8:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 11:30 a.m.
Game 10: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2:30 p.m.
Game 11: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 5:30 p.m.
Game 12: Championship, 8:30 p.m.