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January 9, 2013

Cinch for Sequoyah

Sequoyah girls face little resistence in rout of Graham; Indians advance with win over Webster.

MUSKOGEE — Former Northeastern State women’s tennis coach Ron Cox is in his second week as the new coach of the Sequoyah girl’s basketball team, and the Lady Indians are beginning to adapt to his style.

“I’ve had them seven days to this point. They’re trying to do what I’m asking them, but they’re very mechanical because of it,” said Cox, who took over the helm from now-assistant Larry Shade. “We’re not really a basketball team that’s looking to score yet. As soon as they find out what I’m wanting them to do, then we’re going to be a really good ball club.”

Cox got a great look at the team’s potential as the Lady Indians blew away Graham 88-16 in the first round of the small school girl’s portion of the 2013 Bedouin Shrine Classic Tuesday evening at the Muskogee Civic Center.

The majority of scoring for the Lady Indians came off transition points and second-chance efforts, as the overmatched Lady Chieftains simply could not run with Sequoyah.

“I’m really happy with how we played, but we have to do better on the defensive end of the floor once we get deeper into our schedule,” Cox said. “Our offense is going to come, but our defense and rebounding have to be solid.”

Senior Courtney Jones led the Lady Indians with 24 points. Junior Feather Pacheco added 12, and both junior Audrey Ballou and sophomore Sierra Polk scored 10.

The Lady Indians jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the game’s first five minutes and never looked back. Sequoyah held a 15-6 edge after the first quarter and led 39-10 at intermission.

The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Chieftains 25-4 in the third quarter and 22-2 in the fourth. The only basket in the fourth quarter for Graham was at the buzzer.

Sequoyah will face Spiro in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Muskogee High School. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Porter 54-17 in the first round.

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