Rainwater, Buttery's season and other takeaways from the Lady Tigers Mother Road Classic win

Jan. 8—So far through just over a week, the start of 2024 has been kind to the Tahlequah Lady Tigers.

So far they hold three wins, a tournament championship, and a pair of players named to the Mother Road Classic All-Tournament Team. THS took down Coweta 52-47 on Saturday, Jan. 6 to take their second tournament championship of the 2023-'24 season.

For the biggest takeaways from the Lady Tigers' win continue reading below:

Rainwater making case for POY

Throughout the season, Kori Rainwater has proven something that everyone already knows; she is one of the best players on the Lady Tigers, Cherokee County and all of District 5A. Rainwater was key in all three of the Lady Tigers wins, averaging 17 points over the three games.

In the championship game, Rainwater picked up 22 points leading the way for the Lady Tigers. Her efforts earned her the Mother Road Classic Most Valuable Player. This is just a sign to come for Rainwater. While the Metro Lakes Conference is now disbanded Rainwater looks like she could follow up her MLC Player of the Year from last season with a District POY.

Buttery progressing well

An ACL injury is always one of the toughest ones to return from. While at first, it was clear she was still getting her legs under her, Jaydyn Buttery is once again looking like the player that led the Lady Tigers in scoring before her knee injury.

While Rainwater was the Lady Tigers to pick up the MVP trophy, Buttery was as important in the Lady Tigers' win.

Buttery averaged 13 ppg throughout the three games ranking just behind Rainwater on THS. Buttery opened the tournament with a 15-point performance. In game two, Buttery once again picked up 15 points leading the way while Rainwater had her lowest performance of the tournament with 10 points. Buttery once again was in double figures.

It seems to reason that Buttery will only improve as the season continues to progress and her knee continues to get better and better.

Tough tournament team

So far the Lady Tigers have played in three tournaments and walk away with two championships and an 8-1 record. While the Lady Tigers couldn't win the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa they put up a strong showing after losing in game one.

The strong showing in their three tournaments bodes well for the Lady Tigers when playoffs get closer. So far the Lady Tigers have seen some tough teams that they should see in the playoffs. Booker T. Washington, Coweta and McAlester are all teams the Lady Tigers could see later in the season.

The Lady Tigers will be back in action at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 against East Central at home.

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