Tahlequah Daily Press

February 9, 2014

Strong 2nd half sends Sequoyah past Henryetta

Local hoops briefs

From Staff reports

— HENRYETTA — Caisen Green scored 17 points to lead Class 3A No. 5 Sequoyah to a 58-51 win at Henryetta on Saturday night.

"It was definitely a gut-check tonight after losing last night," said Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin, whose club lost to Jay, 65-61, on Friday night.

After already handing Henryetta an 81-64 defeat earlier in the year, Sequoyah's rematch with the Knights was chippy from the start. Herrin was slapped with a technical foul after pleading his case that one of his players — Kris Collins — was punched in the mouth in the first quarter.

"That woke us up," Herrin said after Collins returned to the bench to be treated for blood coming out of his mouth.

The Indians (16-3) trailed at the end of the first quarter (13-12) and at halftime (23-21), but they rallied in full force in the second half. Sequoyah outscored 3A No. 10 Henryetta (13-5) 14-10 in the third quarter and 23-18 in the final period.

"It was a very physical ball game," Herrin said. "We had to go deep into our bench tonight."

Providing help on offense for Sequoyah was Elijah Tucker with 11 points. B.J. Leach chipped in with 10 points, and Kyle Sanders added nine points.

"Kyle Sanders had an excellent game," Herrin said. "He defended their best player when Zach (Parish) wasn't."

Sanders and Parish limited Chet Caywood to 10 points until the Henryetta guard added 12 to his total late in the contest.

In the girls game, fifth-ranked Sequoyah used a 18-point performance from Audrey Ballou to post a 63-46 win over Henryetta. Cenia Hayes tossed in 11 points for the Lady Indians (18-1), who won their 16th straight game.

"it's a win and we'll take it," Sequoyah coach Larry Callison said.

Both Sequoyah teams will return home Thursday to host Broken Arrow's junior varsity teams.

Hulbert teams split on the road

VIAN — Mason Fielden and Parker Taylor were too much for Vian to handle in Hulbert's 55-27 trouncing of the Wolverines on Saturday night.

Fielden scored a game-high 17 points, while Taylor (11) and Rico Wynn (10) also scored in double figures for the Riders (13-6). Fielden and Taylor also cleaned up the glass with 11 and 18 rebounds, respectively.

Hulbert was able to take full control by racing out to a 28-14 lead at intermission.

In the girls game, Hulbert shot 21 percent (10-of-46) from the field as the Lady Riders lost 57-23 to Vian.

The Lady Riders were outscored 19-0 in the first quarter and the game was never in doubt from there.

Rematches between Vian and Hulbert will be on tap when the two schools will square off again on Tuesday night at Rider Fieldhouse.