A year ago, Tahlequah, ranked seventh in Class 5A, came up short of a regional title in a home loss against Bishop Kelley. That stuck with Tahlequah forward Casey Beaston for quite a while.
“That was one of the hardest losses to our team,” Beaston said.
The Lady Tigers didn’t let it happen again this year with a win over Chickasha. With the victory, Tahlequah picked up its first regional title since 2001.
“We’re kind of always that other team on the other side of the court looking at the other team getting the trophy,” Girdner said. “It’s great to actually get the hardware this time.”
As a senior, the regional plaque is indescribable for Alissa Hadley.
“Words don’t even really describe how exciting it is,” she said. “...It’s amazing because we don’t have three of our original starters (O’Donnell, Desiree Phipps, Jhonett Cookson) to begin the season. We really have come together as a team and pulled together to get the win.”