Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

January 29, 2014

Sequoyah sweeps

Cherokee County rivalry ends with 2 wins for Sequoyah over Keys

PARK HILL — The Sequoyah girls defeated Keys 53-48 Tuesday night inside Cougar Fieldhouse. The Lady Indians built a lead that soared to 14 points late in the third quarter, and they were able to hold on for the five-point triumph.

Jhonnett Cookson led Sequoyah with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Cenia Hayes finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Audrey Ballou added 12 points and four blocks for the Lady Indians (15-1).

“This was a tough game from the tip. It always seems to be that way with these two teams,” Sequoyah coach Larry Callison said. “(Keys) played well, and we missed a lot of shots.”

The Lady Cougars (8-6) made things interesting late, as they fought back to cut the deficit down to three (49-46) with 1:45 to play following a 3-point basket from Taylor O’Donnell. Keys went 0-for-3 with a turnover on its next four possessions, however, as the road team was able to hold off the comeback.

“We played with a sense of urgency and we played with energy, and that’s what got us back in the game,” Keys coach Mickey Duncan said. “You have to love that as a coach. We haven’t played at home since the first of December, so it was a little bit of relief to be able to have a home game even though we weren’t able to get the win.”

Sydni Rainbolt led the Lady Cougars with 17 points. She also contributed seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks in 25 minutes. Ali Nolan chipped in 11 points for the home team. Keys shot 32.7 percent (17-for-52) from the field, 32 percent (8-for-25) from downtown and 66.7 percent (6-for-9) at the line.

Sequoyah shot 33.3 percent (16-for-48) from the field, 30 percent (3-for-10) from behind the arc and 72 percent (18-for-25) from the free-throw line. The Lady Indians held a 41-30 rebounding advantage, and they also picked up 16 offensive rebounds that led to 15 second-chance points.

“The offensive rebounds were huge. If we don’t pick those up then we would have been in trouble,” Callison said. “Jhonnett Cookson worked hard for us. She battled for those boards. That was probably the difference in the game.

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