INOLA — Timely turnovers helped Sequoyah blow by Catoosa, 71-45, Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Jerry O’Quin tournament at Longhorn Fieldhouse.
“I was pleased with the first half, except we didn’t finish all of our shots or finish the half well and let them (Catoosa) get within two,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said. “I was really pleased with the defensive effort in the second half. Holding them to only 15 points was really big.”
After leading 31-29 at the half, Sequoyah relied on seven Catoosa turnovers in the third quarter alone, along with eight points from senior T.J. Jones to turn a tight game into a rout.
Sequoyah had three seniors reach double-digits in scoring, as Ryan Helsley led all scorers with 18 points. Jones and Mahli McNac scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Sequoyah (2-1) will play either Inola Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
Senior Dalton Gillespie led Catoosa (1-2) with 16 points and four rebounds. The Rogers County school drops to the consolation bracket and will play Oologah Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Sequoyah 57, Inola 34 (girls)
The Sequoyah Lady Indians built an early lead and never looked back en route to a 57-34 win over the host Inola Lady Longhorns.
Despite pressuring the Lady Longhorns in to committing 14 turnovers, Sequoyah also had ball security trouble, turning the ball over 11 times, including six in the second quarter alone.
“The way our offense runs, we try to push the ball a little more,” Sequoyah coach Larry Shade said. “We know we’re going to have turnovers, but we’re going to try to cut down on them some so good things can come our way.”
The Lady Indians (3-0) will meet Class 3A No. 4 Verdigris in the semifinals Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“They have five players who are hard to guard,” Shade said of Verdigris, which beat Pryor, 62-37, on Monday night. “They’ve got a good post girl and a good guard who are pretty good at what they do. We played them at the end of the season last year and won, but this will be a good matchup for us.”
Inola drops to the consolation bracket and will face the Pryor Lady Tigers Friday at 7 p.m.