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Lady Tigers bounce back from slow start for win

Feb. 3—Playing three games in four days caught up with the Tahlequah Lady Tigers on Friday, Feb. 2.

Facing off against Collinsville, the Lady Tigers opened the game struggling on the offensive side of the ball. The normally potent THS offense picked up just eight points in the first quarter. During the slow start, the Cardinals took a 15-8 lead.

I thought our energy was low from last night's game with Booker T," THS Head Coach David Qualls said. "We put a lot into that game physically and emotionally last night. It's tough to come out on the road against good teams. We had a rough first quarter but picked it up after that."

After the Cardinals opened the game shooting well, putting up 15 points quickly. But that changed in the second quarter. THS cut into the lead and went into halftime 26-22.

An improved defensive look on the CHS' shooters led to better results for the Lady Tigers.

"We didn't find their shooters very well early on," Qualls said. Give them the credit they were hot in the first and shot it well. We did a better job of staying on them as the game went on."

After showing signs of progress in the second quarter, the Lady Tigers broke through in the third quarter allowing just nine points in the third. By the time they went into the fourth, the game was tied at 35-35.

THS once again allowed just nine points in the fourth quarter, while picking up 12 points to earn the 49-42 win.

After starting the game slowly, Talyn Dick once again had a strong second half for THS. The senior opened the game with six points and ended the game with 15. Dick has scored at least 10 points in the last four games.

"Talyn has just been more aggressive," Qualls said. "She's been balanced offensively with her shot selection as well. She made some big buckets for us tonight when we needed it."

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