PRYOR - Falling behind 17-4 at the outset, Miami's girls were unable to recover and suffered a 52-29 loss to Pryor here Tuesday night in a Verdigris Valley Conference basketball game.

Katie Rice, a 5-11 senior post, was the primary thorn in the Lady Wardogs' side, scoring a game-high 21 points, all coming in the paint.

Other than a 2-2 tie, Miami (2-12) was playing catch-up all night.

Rice staked the Tigerettes to a 2-0 lead, then Rachel Acuna tied the game with a pair of free throws 30 seconds later.

A layup by Rachel Soerdahl started the hosts on a 15-2 run that set the tone for the night.

Faith Wilkins had a layup off a steal with 62 seconds left in the opening quarter to narrow the gap to 17-6.

The Tigerettes (6-7) outscored MHS 12-2 in the second quarter before Miami put together its only sustained rally of the night, a 6-0 burst that included a layup and shot from outside by Emily Cline and a pair of free throws from Chelsey Edmondson.

Pryor countered with two free throws each from Soerdahl and Ashley Cox then the teams battled on even terms for the rest of the quarter, leaving the Tigerettes with a 21-point lead (37-16) at the break.

Miami held a 7-4 edge in the third quarter then were outscored 11-6 over the final eight minutes by the hosts

Cline headed up the Lady Wardogs' scoring with eight points. Acuna added five points and Edmondson and Wilkins chipped in with four each.

Rice was the only player for Pryor to reach double figures. She had 10 field goals and only one free throw.

Miami continues a busy week Thursday by hosting Jay for homecoming.

The boys will play first, with coronation ceremonies between games.