Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

December 17, 2012

Sequoyah girls trounce Victory Christian; Indians stumble at home

Loren Young bounced back from a quiet performance vs. Oologah to score 17 points — including a run of seven straight — as the Sequoyah Lady Indians held off Metro Christian by a count of 51-36 on Friday.

The trio of Young, Courtney Jones and Baylee Ratliff combined for all but seven of Sequoyah’s points, leading SHS to multiple double-digit leads.

The Lady Indians began the contest on an 11-0 run, sparked by four consecutive buckets by Jones and Young. Victory Christian answered with a mini-spurt of its own to cut the lead to six at the end of the first frame.

And so went the primary pace of the contest.

“We started quick and then we got a little passive and a little careless with the ball,” said Sequoyah coach Larry Shade. “We had a few turnovers and not covering the shooter, which put them back in the ball game. But once we settled down it turned around. We kind of stayed neck and neck for a while, until we started looking for our inside game.”

For Young, the performance was arguably her best of the young season; a stirring level of play considering the fact that she is just eight months removed from a serious knee injury.

“Loren did a good job,” said Shade. “She’s coming around. She’s been out of action off and on since April when she tore her ACL. She’s supposed to be limited in time, but we’re using her as much as she’ll let us know. It’s entirely up to her. She looked really good tonight.”

As for Jones, the senior overcame a tough shooting night to post 12 of her 14 points in the first half, pushing the Lady Indians to a four-point advantage at the break.

“Courtney is our lone senior, and she is our leader,” said Shade. “We ask her at times to make sure she leads us. Her leadership and her experience help out a lot. There’s time when she puts somebody in position and I can’t see it.”

Ratliff found herself in foul trouble early, but exploded in the second half, pacing Sequoyah with tenacious defense and a high energy level.

“Baylee can go,” said Shade. “She can be a little feisty. Baylee’s the fastest one on the court. When she slows down and lets the game come to her, she can play.”

The Lady Indians will host Metro Christian at The Place Where They Play on Dec. 18, followed by a two-week lay-off over the winter break.”

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