, Muskogee, OK


January 19, 2013

Oktaha Tigers end mini-skid with win over Okay Mustangs



Oktaha 69 , Okay 45

The fourth-ranked Lady Tigers (14-1) dashed off the first seven points of the game and never looked back  in breezing to the win.

Junior forward Jaylie Roper scored 14 of her team-high 20 points in the first half. Oktaha took advantage of 10 Okay turnovers in the half and to own a 38-20 lead at halftime.

The Lady Mustangs (5-8) fought hard in the second half, trimming the Oktaha lead to just 11 at one point early in the fourth quarter. But the Lady Tigers bounced back with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to put the game away.

Even though Oktaha had a fairly easy time of it, both coaches acknowledged the big improvement by the Lady Mustangs since Oktaha drubbed them 82-23 the first time they played.

“Tonight, Okay played like I thought they were capable of playing,” Oktaha coach Chester Pittman said. “I think sometimes when you beat an opponent like we did the first time, it makes it more difficult to get your kids ready to play. But overall, I’m pretty pleased with where we are right now.”

Perhaps Okay’s biggest improvement has been the much more aggressive inside play of center Bristen Graves who had a game high 23 points, much to the pleasure of coach Charlie McMahan.

“Bristen has really taken over for us and helped out a lot and Courtney (Smith) is starting to bounce back from her ankle injury too,” McMahan said.

Besides Roper, the only other Lady Tiger in double figures was Lanessa Grayson with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Oktaha hosts Savanna next Tuesday while Okay travels to Vian.

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