Pryor dominated Collinsville 57-35 at home Tuesday, to move to 2-3.
The Tigers decision to press from the opening tip paid dividends on defense and offense.
Head Coach Greg Arnold said the decision was based on his team looking stagnant in areas at their last outing.
“I wanted to get us in the attitude of playing hard, so I thought if we jumped out on them and got on them quick it would carry over, and it did,” Arnold said. “I thought our entire intensity level was higher.”
Pryor went on a 6-0 run to start the game and appeared to be playing more relaxed than before.
A 32-15 halftime lead turned into a 29-point blowout by the end of three.
Sophomore forward Ryan Ogg led scorers with 14, followed by sophomore Robert Ross, who had 11.
Ross sacrificed his body twice during the game by stepping in to take charges in the paint.
“We have a competition to see who wins the most charges by the end of the year,” Arnold said.
Senior point guard Zac Baumert scored nine points with six steals.
Junior Forward Daniel Frailey dropped eight on the Cardinals.
“This team is pretty good,” Arnold said after the win. “I’ve told them the problem is this team hasn’t shown up a couple of times. We have to learn to play hard on every possession.”
Pryor resumes play on the road against Skiatook Dec. 14.
The Pryor Tigerettes lost to Collinsville, 55-45, at home Tuesday.
Collinsville’s starting squad consisted of five seniors.
Pryor played competively throughout the game but shot themselves in the foot in the first half with turnovers.
“We had 20 turnovers in the first half, and we missed some easy shots that we should have made,” Head Coach Kim Barth said. “In the second half we only had eight.”
The Tigerettes trailed by only six midway through the fourth quarter, but the Lady Cardinals went on an 8-0 run to ensure the win.
Pryor senior Tishena Montoya led scoring with 14 points, and freshman Kelsie Kerns dropped nine.
Pryor’s record is 1-4, after the loss.