Lady Tigers' defense shines in 47-27 win

Feb. 9—The Tahlequah Lady Tigers came into Bishop Kelly's home court and took them down in front of a rowdy crowd on Friday, Feb. 9. THS won the road match-up 47-27.

The win inches the Lady Tigers closer to a match-up with the Booker T. Washington Hornets and a shot at the District Championship.

"You get into those Area Tournaments and State Championships and you can't hear your coach," THS Head Coach David Qualls said. "Our girls did a good job of knowing what they were in and what they were supposed to do. Credit to them for communicating out there."

The rowdy crowd likely factored into the slower offensive game for the Lady Tigers. Struggles with turnovers and a tough defense, the Lady Tigers had to rely on a rock-solid defense to keep them in this one.

After starting the quarter up 14-8, the Lady Tigers took a slight step back offensively. THS picked up just nine points in the second as they went into halftime up 23-14.

The third quarter proved to be a tough defensive battle. While THS did pick up 11 points in the period, they would hit a long cold stretch that would extend to the fourth.

The Lady Tigers didn't pick up a bucket over the last two minutes of the third and were held scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth. Senior Jaydyn Buttery broke the scoreless stretch with back-to-back lay-ups.

While the Lady Tigers were struggling on offense, so were the Comets as they picked up just five points the entire quarter.

THS will be back in action at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Booker T. Washington. If THS wins they automatically clinch a District Championship. If the Hornets win by nine points, they claim the crown.

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