Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

December 19, 2012

Reserve power

Bench play powers Tahlequah to conference win over Pryor.


Tahlequah 65, Pryor 33

Pryor    7    5    10    11    --    33

Tah    17    19    16    13    --    65

Pryor (2-5, 1-3): Jaclyn True 12, Kelsie Kerns 10, Montoya 4, Shelby 2, Zumstein 2, Chavoya 2, Osborne 1.

Tahlequah (6-2, 4-1): Jhonett Cookson 17, Casey Beaston 12, Whitney Wright 8, Randee O'Donnell 6, Wade 6, Carnes 6, Clark 4, Hadley 3, Blevins 3.

Pryor 56, Tahlequah 38 (boys)

With Tahlequah’s second straight loss closing in, Tahlequah coach Mike Leafgreen called a substitution timeout late in the fourth quarter. No one knew whether to huddle or move on to the subsequent inbounds pass.

Nevertheless, it gave everyone in the stands a chance to head toward the exits with 1:14 left in what would turn into a 56-38 victory for Pryor.

“We’re just not playing well right now,” Leafgreen said, as his club fell to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in Metro Lakes Conference play. “We’re showing some signs of being really good, and then we’re showing signs of not carrying our assignments.”

Chase Ross’ 11 points led a trio of Pryor players in double figures. Zac Baumert, who recorded four assists, and Robert Ross both tallied 10 points apiece.

Jake Vader was Tahlequah’s only player to score in double digits with 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field. All of Vader’s points, though, came in the first half.

Tahlequah jumped out to a 6-0 advantage early on before Pryor went ahead 15-10 at the end of the first eight minutes. By halftime, Pryor led 31-17.

“Right now, the second quarter has been our downfall in every game,” said Leafgreen, whose team went 3 of 15 from the field in the second quarter.

Making a push to get back in the game after intermission, Tahlequah cut Pryor’s lead to 31-23, thanks to a turning up the intensity on defense. But three straight turnovers helped Pryor build back up to a double-digit lead, which it would hold on to the rest of the way.

In the end, Tahlequah turned the ball over 21 times while shooting 17 of 53 from the field. Pryor also tossed up 53 shots while making 21 of them.

Pryor 56, Tahlequah 38

Pryor    15    16    10    15    --    56

Tah    10    7    10    11    --    38

Pryor (4-3, 3-1): Chase Ross 11, Zac Baumert 10, Robert Ross 10, Ogg 7, Frailey 6, Moss 4, Ayres 3, Barth 3, McCollough 2.

Tahlequah (2-6, 1-4): Jake Vader 11, Wright 8, Alberty 5, Madison 4, Smith 3, McMillan 2, Dick 2, Faddis 2, Cunningham 1.

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