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High School Sports

December 11, 2013

Sequoyah teams lose Inola tournament openers

INOLA — Class 3A No. 5 Sequoyah Indians’ fourth quarter rally came up short Tuesday night, dropping a 75-71 decision to the Class 4A No. 7 Fort Gibson Tigers in the opening round of the Jerry Oquin tournament.

With three ties and three lead changes in the fourth quarter alone, neither team was able to build a double-digit cushion all night. With the game tied at 71 with 45 seconds to play, Fort Gibson senior Stephen Edwards banked in a chip shot over a Sequoyah defender that would put the Tigers ahead for good.

Playing for the last shot, Sequoyah senior Caisen Green missed a deep two-point attempt with six seconds left. Two late free throws gave Fort Gibson the win.

“We missed some easy shots in the second half and that’s what I’m disappointed with,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said. “We missed some free throws, missed some layups and missed some open threes. You just can’t do that against a good team like Fort Gibson.”

Sequoyah connected on its first five shots of the game, including four three-point attempts and ended the first quarter with a flourish when Green connected on a three-quarter court shot as the period ended. Green led all Sequoyah scorers with 24, including seven in the final period. Green also had back-to-back steals in the fourth quarter to help spark the Indians’ comeback attempt.

Connecting on all seven three-point attempts in the first quarter, Fort Gibson junior Coleman Crawley led all scorers with 34 points.

“We knew about him coming in,” Herrin said. “We knew that we had to hang on him. In the heat of the moment, you can get lost and he just lit it up. We played him pretty closely after that, though.”

When the Indians (2-1) retake the court at 5:30 p.m. Friday in a consolation game against either Catoosa or Inola, they will probably be without B.J. Leach. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, the junior injured his left ankle and had to be helped off of the court. He did not return to the game and had to be carried into the locker room after the game.

The Tigers (1-0) will play Thursday at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s late game between Catoosa and Inola.

In the opening game of the tournament for the Sequoyah girls, the host Inola Lady Longhorns held third-ranked Sequoyah scoreless over the final 5:40 to seal a 51-41 opening round victory.

After trailing all of the second and third quarters, the Lady Indians opened the fourth quarter with an eight-point run, capped with a steal, layup and free throw for senior Kelsey Leach, to pull ahead 41-40. However, Inola forced six turnovers and used five straight points from junior Kylie Rue to put the game out of reach.

“We’re not very good,” Sequoyah girls coach Larry Callison said. “We’re not as a good a team as I thought we were. Tonight, we looked like we had never stepped on a basketball court before. We can’t score. We can’t handle the ball. I know I’m being negative right now, but that’s really how it’s been over the first three games.

“My biggest concern is the little things. We don’t work hard. We don’t block out. We’ve just got a long ways to go.”

Despite only making one of its 11 three-point attempts on the night, the Lady Indians stayed within striking distance by forcing 26 turnovers and shooting 73 percent from the free-throw line.

Inola seniors Kristen Mootry and Lexi Williams led all scorers with 17 points each. No Sequoyah players reached double digits.

With the loss, Sequoyah (2-1) falls into the consolation bracket. The Lady Indians will play Class 5A’s Pryor Lady Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday. The Mayes County team lost its opening round game 68-31 Tuesday to Class 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson. Inola (2-0) will play Fort Gibson Thursday at 7 p.m.

 

Fort Gibson 75, Sequoyah 71 (boys)

Sequoyah            29            18            10            16            71

Fort Gibson            29            17            15            14            75

Sequoyah: Green 23, Tucker 14, Leach 9, Johnston 8, Sanders 3, Kingfisher 2

Fort Gibson: Crawley 34, London 19, Edwards 10, Lashley 6, Simpson 2

 

Inola 51, Sequoyah 41 (girls)

Sequoyah            9            14            10            8            41

Inola                        10            19            11            11            51

Sequoyah: Hayes 7, Leach 7, A. Tiger 7, Cookson 6, Polk 6, Pacheco 2, Young 2, Wright 1

Inola: Mootry 17, Williams 17, Byfield 8, Rue 7, C. Williamson 2

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