Lady Tigers dominate on senior night for nearly 50 point win

Jan. 30—Sometimes everything clicks. Sometimes Kori Rainwater and Jaydyn Buttery are unstoppable forces in the paint and sometimes Madi Matthews and Taylyn Dick hit their three-pointers. Sometimes Jersey Retzloff and the rest of the Tahlequah Lady Tigers play lock down defense.

Sometimes was Tuesday, Jan. 30 as the Lady Tigers dominated Pryor 84-35 to continue a 9-game winning streak. Everything was clicking during a red-hot start for the Lady Tigers. Matthews started with 16 first-quarter points while contributing to nine first-half three-pointers made. Matthews' wasn't the only Lady Tigers in double-digit scoring in the first half with Dick picking up 12 points.

"They are two of the better shooters I have coached," THS Head Coach David Qualls said. "We have talked about how when they are hitting we are tough to beat and they were on tonight. When our outside shots go in we are tough to beat."

THS' strong start led to a 34-14 lead after the first quarter.

While the Offense was clicking throughout the first half, the defense completed befuddled PHS. It took over four minutes for PHS to pick up their first field goal of the second quarter.

"I thought we settled in a little bit," Qualls said. "Credit to them, they came out and hit their shots. We knew we were going to get good looks and good shooting is contagious, Madi hit the first couple and the lid opened after that.

We just played hard, we were in the right spots and communicated. We turned defense into offense.

Throughout the lockdown second-quarter defense, the Lady Tigers have still put up a 20-point showing on the offensive side.

While the end was a blowout, that was not always the case. Throughout the first four minutes of the first quarter, the Lady Tigers were having a strong start, but nothing special. With the Lady Tigers narrowly leading 12-10, PHS Head Coach Donnie Martin called a timeout. That would be his downfall though. Coming out of the timeout, the Lady Tigers caught fire allowing just 12 more points that half. Throughout this stretch, the Lady Tigers' used their strong press defense to force turnovers and then turn those turnovers into easy buckets.

THS continued the strong play throughout the second half. In the third quarter, THS put up 19 points en route to a 72-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.

THS cruised to the win in the fourth quarter to win their ninth straight 84-35.

After the game, THS honored its senior players.

"It was a great win, a great night as we honored a special group of young women, they had an outstanding career here," Qualls said. "They are special players and special people. I have enjoyed seeing them at 2 p.m. every day and getting to coach them. They wanted to win tonight, I couldn't be more happy and more proud of them."

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