PRYOR — Miami’s suddenly hot Lady Wardogs set season bests for points in a game and most points in a quarter during Tuesday night’s 58-43 victory over Pryor.
But most importantly, they got a big shot of confidence.
The Lady Wardogs led by as many as 22 points in the first half of the Verdigris Valley Conference clash at the Burdick Center.
But Pryor cut it back to 12 at the half and even pulled to within seven points with 4:03 remaining on a layup by Mason Goforth.
But instead of folding, the Lady Wardogs finished with a flourish, outscoring the hosts 12-4 down the stretch.
They were 8-of-8 at the free throw line in the last 2:18 and were 24-of-33 on the night. .
“I saw some girls step up and make some big free throws,” Busby said. Bekah Stewart and Nikki Mullin each converted on each of their four free throw chances. Ashlynn Waltz and Mullin each had a field goal during the late surge.
“Bekah and Nikki got under control there towards the end,” Busby said. “We ran our delay offense — and weren’t scared of it. I was very proud of the way we handled the last four minutes of the game.”
The win was the third in four games for Miami.
The 58 points total and an 18-point second quarter each were superlatives. The previous high for points in a game was 57 in an early-season win over Barnsdall (which has lost just twice since).
Pressure tactics and a trapping defense wreaked havoc for Pryor, which had beaten the Lady Wardogs 50-41 when the teams played in Miami two weeks ago.
“They fell right into our hands,” Busby said. “That’s the way we needed it to be. But you have to give Pryor credit. They were down 22 points and cut it down to eight. They just ran out of gas.”
Miami led 13-5 after the first quarter then went on a 17-3 tear to balloon the lead to 30-8 with 2:45 left in the half.
Following a time out, the Tigerettes scored 11 of the final 12 points in the half to make it 31-19 at the break.
A 13-11 advantage in the third quarter gave MHS a 14-point cushion heading into the final stanza.
Three players reached double figures for Miami. Haiden Rowland had a team-high 14, followed by Stewart with 13 and Waltz with 11.
Goforth’s 20 points headed up the scoring for Pryor. Britany Stapleton chipped in with 12.
Weather permitting, the Lady Wardogs mark homecoming Friday night, hosting Coffeyville, Kan.
Miami 13 18 13 14 — 58
Pryor 5 14 11 11 — 43
Miami — Rowland 14, Stewart 13, Waltz 11, Mullin 9, Young 8, Carder 2, Hicks 1.
Pryor — Goforth 20, Stapleton 12, Morgan 3, Poe 2, Gwynn 2, Montoya 2.
3-point goals — Miami, none; Pryor, Goforth 4.