TUTTLE — The second meeting between the Tuttle Tigers and Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks turned out to be much closer than the first.
After losing by 32 points in the first meeting, Chickasha cut a double-digit deficit to just seven points in the fourth quarter Friday. The Tigers were able to hold on and ended up with a 54-43 victory in Tuttle.
Chickasha outscored Tuttle 23-17 in the second half.
The Tigers built their double-digit lead in the first quarter. Levi Houck buried a triple to give Tuttle a 13-3 advantage, and the Tigers went to the second quarter with a 21-9 lead over the Fightin’ Chicks.
After Tuttle scored the first six points of the second quarter to go up by 18 points, Chickasha’s Xavier Copeland-McFadden helped Chickasha respond by scoring five points in a 7-0 run to get the team within 11. He had 13 points in the game.
Tuttle ended up going to the second half with a 37-20 lead and pushed its lead past 20 points in the third quarter. Houck scored four of his game-high 16 points and gave the Tigers a 41-20 lead early in the second half.
Tuttle built a 22-point lead over the Fightin’ Chicks in the third quarter, but Chickasha continued to fight and eventually clawed its way back to a single-digit deficit.
A Deonte Wash 3-pointer helped the Fightin’ Chicks finish the third quarter on a 5-0 run to get back within 17 heading to the final period. Chickasha extended that scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Wash continued his strong play with another 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 13 in the fourth quarter, completing a 9-0 run from Chickasha. Wash’s third triple of the game cut the deficit to 12.
Eleven of Wash’s 15 points came in the second half, and eight of his points came in the final quarter. Wash’s final points brought the Fightin’ Chicks within nine points of the Tigers.
Chickasha got within seven points but could not get any closer than that. Malik Doss, Ronald Givens and Ma'lek Murphy rounded out the scoring for Chickasha.
Along with Houck, Isaac McDoulett was the only other Tiger player to score in double figures. He had 14 points in the win.
Chickasha remained at two wins on the season with the loss.
Tuttle entered the game ranked 10th in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's Class 4A poll and picked up its 14th win of the season. The Tigers moved up to No. 9 in the OSSAA poll this week.