While winning a couple of battles in the second and third quarters, the Miami Lady Wardogs lost the “war” as the Pryor Tigerettes posted a 60-44 victory Tuesday night in the Miami Civic Center.
“They got us in the first quarter (18-3),” Lady Wardog head coach JohnCarl Morgan said. “But we held our own in the second quarter (19-19) and actually beat them (15-7) in the third quarter.
“But just like at Webb City over the weekend, we can’t get over that letdown in the first quarter,” Morgan said. “They can’t explain it and I can’t explain it.”
Consecutive field goals by Kassie Kerns, Jordan Schultz and Celeste Otto gave Pryor a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes.
Following a solo free throw by Miami’s Emily Cline, the Tigerettes reeled off 12 straight points to build an 18-1 margin with 1:11 left in the first quarter.
Four points by Kerns, along with a 3-point field goal by Chelsea Keen, a putback and free throw by Schultz and a layup by Otto, fueled the Pryor outburst.
A layup by Mickey Prarie Chief with 48 seconds left created the 18-3 deficit for Miami to start the second quarter.
“There’s really no good reason and there definitely aren’t any good excuses for our first quarter play,” Morgan said. “We know there is a problem and we’ve got two weeks to correct it.”
Four points each by Cline and Nikki Mullin, along with a layup by Kelsey Neal, rallied the Lady Wardogs to a 20-13 deficit with 6:10 remaining until halftime.
Pryor responded with five points from Schultz and four from Kayla Curnutt, along with a layup by Kassie Kerns, to propel the Tigerettes to a 31-15 cushion with 3:50 before intermission.
Field goals by Alyssa Johnson and Sarah Rhodes, along with two free throws by Neal and one by Cline, sliced the deficit to 33-22 with 45 seconds until half.
Two free throws and a layup by Schultz enabled Pryor to carry a 37-22 lead to the locker room at halftime.
“I was pleased that we held Schultz scoreless in the second half after she scored 14 in the first two quarters,” Morgan said. “Our defense was solid other than in the first quarter and for a stretch in the fourth quarter.”
Following a layup and a solo free throw by Kassie Kerns to start the third quarter for Pryor, the Lady Wardogs went on a 13-0 run to trail 40-35 with 1:17 left in the third quarter.
Five points by Faith Wilkins and four by Neal, along with three free throws by Mullin and one by Cline, ignited the Miami comeback.
After four straight points by Pryor’s Mason Goforth, Cline split the Tigerettes’ defense for a layup as the Lady Wardogs trailed 44-37 heading into the final eight minutes.
Four points by Otto and three by Goforth, along with a solo free throw by Rachel Sordahl, boosted Pryor to a 52-38 margin in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter.
Two breakaway layups each by both Kerns and Goforth closed out the scoring for Pryor over the final five minutes of the game.
Neal and Cline combined for 11 points each to lead the Lady Wardogs in scoring while Mullin added seven, Prairie Chief six, Wilkins five, Johnson two and Rhodes two.
Kassie Kerns tallied 16 points along with Schultz 14 and Goforth 11 for the Tigerettes.
Prairie Chief grabbed nine rebounds to give the Lady Wardogs a 35-30 edge on the boards. Otto collected seven rebounds to lead Pryor.
Pryor 18 19 7 16 — 60
Miami 3 19 15 7 — 44
Pryor — Kassie Kerns 7 2-2 16, Schultz 5 4-10 14, Goforth 4 3-6 11, Otto 3 2-2 8, Keen 2 0-0 5, Curnutt 2 0-0 4, Cox 0 1-2 1, Sordahl 0 1-2 1, Katie Kerns 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 13-24 60.
Miami — Cline 3 4-10 11, Neal 2 7-9 11, Mullin 2 3-8 7, Prairie Chief 3 0-0 6, Wilkins 2 0-0 5, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Rhodes 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 14-27 44.
3-point goals — Pryor 1 (Keen), Miami 2 (Cline, Wilkins). Rebounds — Pryor 30 (Otto 7), Miami 35 (Prairie Chief 9). Steals — Pryor 21 (Cox 7), Miami 10 Mullin 3, Johnson 3). Turnovers — Pryor 31, Miami 39. Total fouls — Pryor 22, Miami 22. Fouled out — Wilkins.