By CEDRIQUE FLEMMING
Earlier this season, the Collinsville boys defeated Tahlequah by a mere 10 points. This time around, the Cardinals left no doubt. The visitors came into the TMAC and handed Tahlequah a 62-45 defeat, and it wasn’t that close.
Collinsville jumped on top 18-11 after the first quarter and led 31-20 at halftime. A lopsided 17-5 third quarter put the Cardinals on top by 23, and the visitors never looked back.
Tahlequah made as many free throws as field goals (14), and the home team could never seem to get into the game. The Tigers shot 31.1 percent (14-of-45) from the field, 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from behind the arc and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) at the free-throw line. Collinsville shot a scorching 55.8 percent (24-of-43) overall, 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from downtown and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the line.
Kourt McMillan was the only Tiger in double figures, and he finished with 13 points and eight rebounds despite a 2-for-9 shooting performance (1 of 6 from downtown). Eight of his points came at the line. Matt Alberty was 3-for-12 overall for just eight points in 29 minutes.
Austin Archer had his way with Tahlequah’s defense, as he was 10-for-16 from the field for 25 points. Kanyon Cole added 10 for the road team.
Girls: Collinsville 56, Tahlequah 31
Offense was the name of the game Tuesday. Well, a lack therefore rather.
The Tahlequah girls basketball team had a tough time scoring in a 56-31 loss to No. 5 Collinsville inside the Tahlequah Multipurpose Activities Center.
The lackadaisical offense began with a scoreless first quarter, when the Lady Tigers posted seven turnovers and a 0-of-8 effort from the field. Lindsey Wade finally put the home side on the board with a 3-point basket at the 4:17 mark of the second quarter, but the shooting woes would continue for the Lady Tigers.
In the first 11:43 of the contest, Tahlequah was 0-of-15 from the field and 0-of-2 at the free-throw line, while turning the ball over eight times.
Collinsville didn’t fare too much better on its end of the floor, but the visitors did manage 11 points before Tahlequah could score and would take a 19-7 lead into intermission.
The Lady Cardinals exploded for 20 third-quarter points and coasted in the fourth quarter to the lopsided victory.
Mallory Vaughn used her 6-foot-4 frame to gobble up seven rebounds and swat five shots. She led all scorers with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Taylor O’Dell added 10 points, while Sawyer Salisbury finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
Collinsville shot 50 percent (20-of-40) from the field, 40 percent (4-of-10) from behind the three-point line and 80 percent (12-of-15) at the free-throw line. Tahlequah mustered only 19.6 percent shooting (9-of-46), 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from downtown and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) at the line.
The Lady Cardinals owned the paint, outscoring the Lady Tigers 28-6 inside the area. Collinsville also outrebounded Tahlequah 32-30, and both teams had 18 turnovers.
No Lady Tiger finished in double figures. Whitney Wright was the closest, as she had nine points on 3-for-13 shooting. Wade went 3-for-7 and finished with eight points.