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Lady Tigers advance to Mother Road Classic Championship

Jan. 5—VERDIGRIS — A red-hot start from the Tahlequah Lady Tigers led them to a win over Tecumseh and secured a place in the Mother Road Classic Championship.

The Savages never got used to the strong defensive front and fell to the Lady Tigers 48-26 on Friday, Jan. 5.

Right out of the gate, the Lady Tigers were on fire. Jayden Buttery and Kori Rainwater were a key part in starting the game on a 16-0 run. The Savages did not find the back of the net until the closing minutes of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers led 16-2 after one period.

We were ready to play. They threw a wrinkle with their zone, but we did a good job of adjusting on the fly. We were able to keep them at arm's length after the game," THS Head Coach David Qualls said.

The Savages' defense was locked down against the Lady Tigers to open the second quarter. Throughout the first four minutes of the period, the Lady Tigers picked up just three points from a Jayden Buttery three-pointer. The Savages limited the Lady Tigers to nine second-quarter points. Going into halftime the Lady Tigers' held a 25-12 lead.

"Post-defense was what was big for us tonight. Kori [Rainwater] was good at keeping their post handled. That was kind of the key for us defensively," Qualls said.

THS kept up the strong defense after halftime to take a 35-21 lead going into the final period. THS only allowed a handful of baskets throughout the fourth quarter and held on to win 48-26.

"Either way we are going to play a good team tomorrow. We expect a really good game tomorrow night," Qualls said.

Jaydyn Buttery led the way for the Lady Tigers with 15 points. Rainwater joined her in double digits with 10 points.

The win moves the Lady Tigers record to 9-1 on the season.

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