Larry Callison has spent plenty of years coaching in northeast Oklahoma. But he admits that he hasn’t faced every team out there.
One of those clubs he’s yet to square off against is Keys. But that’ll all change tonight when his third-ranked Sequoyah girls host their Cherokee County rival at The Place Where They Play.
“It’s all new to me, because we’re playing people that I’ve never seen,” said Callison, who came out of retirement to take over at Sequoyah during the offseason.
Sequoyah enters the contest for county bragging rights after posting its first win of the season on Saturday. Led by Cenia Hayes’ 11 points, the Lady Indians cruised past Riverside, 68-33.
“Defensively, I thought that’s where we won the game against Riverside,” said Callison, whose team outscored Riverside 19-1 in the third quarter, which came after a 23-6 first period.
“I’m also proud of my freshman (Hayes) who led us in scoring.”
After hosting Keys, Sequoyah will be home again Thursday against Spiro and then the Lady Indians will play in an Inola tournament field that includes team such as Class 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson, the reigning 4A state champion.
“These next couple of weeks will be important for us,” Callison said.
Same goes for the Sequoyah boys, who will host seventh-ranked Spiro on Thursday before embarking on the Inola tournament.
First things first for the 3A No. 5 Indians, who are escaped Anadarko with a 64-62 win over Riverside on Saturday.
“I’m glad we were able to win playing as poorly as we played,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said. “I’m hoping we play much better since we had 26 turnovers.”
Another area Herrin is hoping to improve in is free throws.
“We shot the ball well; we shot 67 percent from two-point range,” Herrin said. “But we were only 18 percent at the free-throw line.”