By MATT REYNOLDS
Regulation was not enough for Sequoyah and McAlester, and one overtime would not be enough either on Tuesday night.
In the end, Sequoyah outlasted McAlester 90-87 in a double-overtime thriller.
“A win like this will give us confidence going forward as we head into January,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said.
Sequoyah had the ball down 85-83 with less than two minutes left when senior Caisen Green raced down the floor to lay the ball off the backboard for two points to tie the game at 85-85 with just 1:15 left. McAlester would be stopped on their next possession leaving Green with the floor to drive again, and he accepted the challenge as he drove the length of the court to put in the go-ahead basket with 27.7 seconds on the clock. It was a fitting ending as Green dropped in 17 of his 25 points in overtime to lead Sequoyah to victory.
“Green can go off at any time,” Herrin said.
The Indians where hobbled early in the first overtime when two of their key players, B.J. Leach and Zach Parish, fouled out. With that duo out, Sequoyah needed someone to step up and lead them to victory. Green most certainly took on the challenge nearly by himself at times, as he was unstoppable in the two overtime periods. Green did have help from junior Quinton Johnston, who put up 15 points on the night and had a key three-pointer to get Sequoyah into overtime.
Sequoyah (5-1) battled back after struggling with turnovers and being down by as many as 13 points to McAlester. Sequoyah got into overtime by coming back from being down 61-48 to McAlester to start the fourth quarter.
Sequoyah would go on a 9-0 run to start the fourth. The Indians held McAlester scoreless in the quarter until the 3:23 mark in the fourth. The Indians after their 9-0 run still found themselves down 63-59 when Johnston hit an enormous three point basket. Sequoyah then capitalized on when McAlester missed free throws late in the fourth as Sequoyah took its first lead in the game 65-64 with 21.1 seconds left as Leach hit the go-ahead free throw. McAlester would drive the floor and get fouled, leading them to the free throw line where they made one of the two at the line.
Sequoyah (girls) 76, McAlester 54
The Lady Indians used tenacious defense early to lift them to a 76-54 win over McAlester.
“I’m pleased offensively how we shot the ball and executed,” said Sequoyah coach Larry Callison, whose team improved to 5-1.
The Lady Indians jumped out to a 12-2 lead as they pressured the Lady Buffaloes into turning the ball over six times in the opening two minutes of the game. Sequoyah capitalized on McAlester’s turnovers and took a big lead after the first quarter 27-10 the Lady Indians would never looked back.
Sequoyah had three players in double digits on the night. Senior Audrey Ballou lead Sequoyah with 19 points as she shot three-of-three from downtown.
“Audrey is a great shooter,” said Callison, who also had Jhonett Cookson with 18 points and Cenia Hayes with 16 points.
McAlester’s leading scorer on the night was Lacey McLain, who led all players with 20 points on the night.
“We could not put them away,” Callison said. “They shot very well from the field and seemed to hit every open shot we gave them. We need to move our feet better on defense.”