For the fifth straight weekend, Miami is facing a Friday-Saturday basketball double-header.
It entertains Wagoner in Verdigris Valley Conference play tonight then makes up Valley games here with Pryor on Saturday.
“These are two big games,” Miami boys’ coach Rusty Mercer said. “We want to get two in a row in back-to-back situations, but we also want to play well in our own building and give the fans a better showing than what we have before.”
The run started Jan 9-10 with games at Jay and Pryor, continued Jan 16-17 at Locust Grove and at home with Vinita, making up games lost to weather in December.
Miami played on three consecutive days during the Northeastern A&M High School Tournament and last weekend, Miami was at Coffeyville, Kan., and home with Seneca, Mo.
Miami’s last three games have come against out-of-state competition — Coffeyville, Seneca and Neosho, Mo., on Tuesday.
MHS split games at Wagoner Dec. 19, the boys winning 77-66 while the girls suffered a 50-47 setback.
“We haven’t seen them in a while but know they have the personnel to make it interesting,” Miami boys’ coach Rusty Mercer said. “It should be a fast-paced game. It would be nice for us to play well at home. We’ve got a number of wins on the road. We’ve played some good people in Miami, but haven’t played as well as we would like.”
The Wardogs topped Neosho 69-62 on Tuesday, using a 9-2 burst in the third quarter to nail down the win.
“We finally settled down and put some good possessions together to gain control of it again,” Mercer said. “Kade Pogue came off the bench and hit some really big shots when we were really struggling and really needed them.”
Pogue nailed five 3-point goals en route to a game-high 19 points.
Miami girls’ coach JohnCarl Morgan wouldn’t mind more of the same that he saw in Tuesday night’s 63-48 loss to Neosho.
A 15-10 edge in the fourth quarter allowed the Lady Wildcats to pull away.
“We would like to have a carryover,” Morgan said.
Wagoner sandwiched losses to No. 4 Vinita (62-45) and No. 17 Locust Grove (52-49) around a 37-33 win against Grove in their last three starts.
“They have been playing well,” Morgan said. “They beat Grove last week, so they’ve got to be feeling good about that. They did that after not practicing at all during the week. They had a shootaround Friday morning then played Vinita tight on Friday. They beat them (the Lady Hornets) 20-12 in the third quarter.”
Miami split games at Pryor on Jan. 10. The boys suffered a 60-41 loss while the Lady Wardogs claimed a 57-42 decision.
Pryor’s boys are 13-1 and are 12th in 5A. Their lone loss was a 63-57 setback on Jan. 24 against Hilldale — which will be replacing Pryor in the Valley in two seasons.
The Tigerettes fell to 2-13 with a 42-24 loss to Grove on Jan. 30.
Miami travels to Vinita on Tuesday.