VINITA — Will the Miami girls put what they learned Saturday night in their come-from-behind win over Pryor to good use tonight when they face fourth-ranked Vinita?
Lady Wardog coach JohnCarl Morgan sure hopes so.
Several times this season, Miami has held leads in games but let them get away.
Case in point: Vinita’s 72-52 victory at the Civic Center on Jan. 17.
The Lady Wardogs trailed by just one point at intermission thanks to a near perfect two quarters of basketball. But they couldn’t duplicate that in the second half while being outscored 13-6 and 21-19.
“They adjusted — they went to a zone and we didn’t attack the basket very good,” Miami coach JohnCarl Morgan said following the game. “Our personnel matched up good with theirs on the boards. We were working inside with our bigs and kept scoring, that opened up the lanes for the guards to take it to the basket. They did a good job.”
Vinita has won six straight since suffering a 43-42 loss to Muldrow last month.
The Lady Hornets, who had been ranked No. 1 part of the season, won 12 straight before falling to Muldrow.
“They will have Tosha back,” Morgan said, referring to senior Tosha Tyler, who was held out of the January game with a foot injury. “They always play well and shoot well at home. They are good. It will be tough.”
The Lady Wardogs have two games left in the regular season. They mark homecoming Friday against Locust Grove then bring the curtain down on their stay at the Dogdome on Monday against Grove.
Miami’s boys look to snap a two-game losing streak. They suffered a 61-56 loss to Wagoner on Friday, then dropped a 63-47 decision to Pryor in a make-up game Saturday.
“It’s like we’re waiting for something positive to happen,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said following the game. “We’re just in a hole. We can’t wait around. We have to have people who go out and make it happen — get us out of this funk. We lack a little confidence, no question.”