From Staff reports
KETCHUM — The Class 3A No. 5 Sequoyah boys posted a 62-42 thrashing of Ketchum on Tuesday night on the road. The Indians are now 19-3 before the playoffs start Saturday in district-tournament play against Keys.
After trailing Ketchum 8-7 after the first period, Sequoyah went ahead by outscoring Ketchum 15-11 in the second quarter to claim a 22-19 halftime lead.
Then the Indians blew the game open with a 24-15 third quarter.
Elijah Tucker paced Sequoyah with 14 points. B.J. Leach chipped in with 12 points, and Caisen Green added 11 points in the winning effort.
“We wore them down and spread the ball around,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said.
Spencer Shephard had 23 points for the Warriors, but Tanner Mouse — Ketchum’s leading scorer — was limited to 11 points.
“I was pleased with our defensive effort on (Mouse),” Herrin said.
In the girls game, the 3A No. 5 Sequoyah girls made a late charge to get past 2A No. 6 Ketchum. The Lady Indians, after trailing 35-28 at halftime, bombarded Ketchum with a 24-8 third quarter.
“We were in shock a little bit,” Sequoyah coach Larry Callison said about his team’s early deficit. “But we came out in the second half and turned it on real quick.”
Jhonett Cookson led Sequoyah (21-1) with 21 points. Audrey Ballou (15) and Cenia Hayes (12) also scored in double figures for the Lady Indians, who will take on Keys Saturday in 3A district tournament play.
Hulbert teams fall to Kansas
HULBERT — Mason Fielden had 23 points, but he was the only Hulbert player with more than five points in a 49-46 loss to Kansas on Tuesday night.
Hulbert fell behind early after Kansas raced out to a 10-2 lead after the first quarter. The Riders, though, only trailed 20-15 at halftime.
Hulbert led 29-27 after three periods, but Kansas escaped with a win after a 22-17 advantage in the fourth quarter.
The Riders are now 15-8. Kansas is 15-7.
In the girls game, Hulbert was within 25-23 at halftime, but 3A No. 14 Kansas outscored Hulbert 19-8 in the third quarter and 16-5 in the final period.
Tiffany Thompson was the only Hulbert player to score in double figures with 21 points.
The Hulbert girls are now 14-9 and will host Porter in district tournament play on Friday night at Rider Fieldhouse.
Klinck leaving East Central to join BA staff
Bobby Klinck is leaving his post as East Central’s head coach to become the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, a source told the Tahlequah Daily Press on Tuesday.
Klinck will join David Alexander’s coaching staff at Broken Arrow. Alexander was named the Tigers’ new head coach in late January after Steve Spavital retired at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Klinck was the Cardinals’ head coach for two seasons, leading East Central to the Class 5A championship game in 2012. Klinck’s record at East Central was 13-12.
In 2013, Klinck and the Cardinals went 4-7 overall and 4-3 in District 5A-4. Despite the sub-.500 record, East Central made the playoffs and lost to McAlester in the first round.
The vacancy at East Central will be the third this offseason in District 5A-4. Coweta’s Bubba Burcham retired and was replaced by Jay Wilkinson, while Grove recently appointed Mike Loyd as the Ridgerunners’ new head coach.