TISHOMINGO — Atoka’s Traelon Yarbrough went a perfect eight-of-eight at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter Friday — including two separate instances when he sank a pair of foul shots when the Wampus Cats led by one point — sending Tishomingo to a 65-62 loss.
Yarbrough led all scorers with 20 points.
Free throws favored Atoka. The Cats finished 22 of 33 at the charity stripe. The Indians went just 7 of 14.
Tishomingo (3-2) led by six points in the third quarter but turnovers and Atoka’s athleticism hurt the Indians’ cause.
“They’re athletic and we couldn’t stand in front of them,” Tishomingo coach Niki Walker said. “We had a hard time defending them. I don’t know how many turnovers we had. Turnovers was a big thing for us. They’re very athletic. They were all over us in the half-court.”
Alex Patton netted 18 points . Rilee Baker and Devin Dickerson had 14 points apiece.
“It was a good game,” Walker said. “It was a battle all the way. It was back and forth. They made a few more plays than we did.”
Atoka 13 18 14 20 — 65
Tishomingo 13 13 20 16 — 62
Tishomingo: Alex Patton 18, Rilee Baker 14, Devin Dickerson 14, Nathan Northcutt 7, Rylee Holmes 6, Kyle Miller 3.
Tish 7-14; Atoka 22-33
Atoka: 3; Tish 1 (Patton)