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Defense and other takeaways heading into THS' home stretch

Jan. 30—With just two weeks left in the season the Tahlequah Lady Tigers are still sitting with a perfect record in district play.

But with a tough schedule ahead there is no guarentee that the No. 1 ranked team in District 5A-3 will keep their place atop the district. With five games left in the season the Tigers will finish out the season with some tough opponents.

Heading into a week where they play three games, the Lady Tigers picked up a pair of wins over Grove and Claremore. Continue reading below for the three biggest takeaways ahead of THS' final two week stretch:

Double trouble

Coming into the season THS Head Coach David Qualls knew that the Booker T. Washington Hornets would be one of the toughest foes of the season. Coming into the year the Hornets were expected to win the district. While Qualls knew that he would have to face the Hornets twice, he didn't think he would face them in back-to-back weeks. A winter weather advisory pushed back the Lady Tigers first show down with the Hornets back a couple of weeks.

One thing that Qualls didn't know was that the Hornets were not as indestructible as they seem. In non-conference play, the Lady Tigers took down the Hornets in the finals of the Tahelquah Invite. While the Hornets have the loss in tournament play, they still stand with an unbeaten district record.

BTWHS hasn't lost since the Tahlequah Invite and looks to be a tough foe for the Lady Tigers come Thursday, Feb. 1.

Hitting the road

While the Lady Tigers open the week with a pair of home games against Pryor and BTWHS, after that they will not play a home game the rest of the season. Thursday against the Hornets marks the last home game of the season.

THS will finish the season with three straight road games, inclduing the seocnd rematch with the Hornets.

Despite the daunting schedule ahead, Qualls said the Lady Tigers welcomed the three straight road games to close out the year.

Defensive strength

Throughout the season the Lady Tigers have been lock down on defense. THS has given up 50 points only twice this season, both during wins and have not given up more than 45 points in over a month.

Against CHS the Lady Tigers played one of their best performances of the season allowing just 21 points. Against GHS, the Lady Tigers allowed 40 points in a winning effort. As the season goes on the Lady Tigers have gotten better on defense with Jaydyn Butter and Madi Matthews leading the charge from the Lady Tigers starting line up. From the bench Paisley Qualls and Carsyn Gilbert have been great defenders to plug in throughout the season.

THS will be back in action at 6 p.m. against Pryor for senior night.

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