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.”
And Herrin knows his club will be in for a test when Keys arrives.
“Whoever Keys has out there,” Herrin said, “it’s always a tough game. We’ll have to play well to win.”
Tahlequah opens season at Coweta
Both Tahlequah basketball teams will enter new eras on Tuesday night at Coweta. Both clubs will debut under new leadership on their respective benches.
In the girls game, Johnny Dyson will call the shots for the Tahlequah girls, who enter the season ranked 10th in Class 5A.
Tahlequah and 18th-ranked Coweta will tip off at 6:30 p.m.
In the boys game, Tahlequah will be under the guidance of Pat Dotson, who was an assistant last year for Mike Leafgreen. Tigers will challenge No. 14 Coweta at 8 p.m.
Hulbert starts tournament play
The Hulbert girls will begin in the Greenleaf Invitational today in Porum.
The Lady Riders (1-0) will take on Kinta today at 4:30 p.m. in the first round.