Extra rest, and more takeaways from the Lady Tigers' dominant win over CHS

Jan. 24—After taking the weekend off, the Tahlequah Lady Tigers returned to court on Tuesday, Jan. 23 with a big win over Claremore.

The Lady Tigers didn't appear to show any rust as they racked up 72 points against the Zebras. The win kept the Lady Tigers perfect for the district season as they improve to 15-1 on the year.

For the three biggest takeaways from the Lady Tigers return to court continue reading below:

Rested for a run

It had been over 10 days since the Lady Tigers stepped on the court after their Tuesday game last week was rescheduled. The time off allowed the Lady Tigers to recharge ahead of the end of season grind.

"I think obviously you'd like to rolling right along in the bulk of your season but we stayed pretty busy with games during the holiday season. We'll take the breaks when we can get them," Lady Tiger Head Coach David Qualls said.

THS is scheduled to play seven games over the next two weeks and change, their hardest non-tournament stretch of the season.

The last two weeks of the season, the Lady Tigers will play three games in each of the last two weeks.

The extra rest was apparent for the Lady Tigers as they started quickly and didn't let up until the final buzzer.

Spreading the scoring

While it took two quarters, the Lady Tigers spread the scoring around well against the Zebras. Kori Rainwater was just one of three Lady Tigers to be on the stat sheet in the first half with her 16 points.

In the second half the Lady Tigers' scoring spread out more. Madi Matthews picked up 11 points thanks to strong three point shooting. Jaydyn Buttery also broke out for nine points in the quarter.

Defense stays strong

After taking such a long break, defensive concerns could have popped up for the Lady Tigers. But throughout the game the defense stayed strong for THS as they stifled the Zebras.

THS opened the game letting up just three points in the first quarter. The Zebras did improve some picking up nine points in the second, but THS was back to lock down in the third giving up just five pionts in the third. With all the starters out, the Lady Tigers limited the Zebras to two points in the fourth quarter.

THS will be back in action at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 at home against Grove at home. The Lady Tigers opened the season at GHS with a 36-18.

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