Keys hosting tourney
The Keys girls may be 0-3 to this point, but coach Mickey Duncan is focused on the silver lining.
Following the Lady Cougars’ last-second, 56-54 loss to Sequoyah on Saturday, “I told them in the locker room that ‘we haven’t played well as a team yet,’” Duncan said. “We really grew as a team against Sequoyah. We have to build off that and we’ll be just fine.”
Helping Keys move toward its first win of the season has been forward Sydni Rainbolt, who totaled 14 points and 13 rebounds against Sequoyah.
“She had a double-double the other night, and we need that from her,” Duncan said. “It helps our guards when she does that.”
Keys will take on Fort Gibson JV today at 6 p.m. in search of that elusive first win. Other teams in the Cougars Invitational field include: Muldrow, Holland Hall, Oklahoma City Centennial, Poteau, Hale and Tahlequah JV. Muldrow and Holland Hall both advanced to the winner’s bracket on Monday night.
“It’s a good field,” Duncan said. “It’ll be good for us.”
In the boys field, Class 3A No. 7 Keys (2-1) will take on Poteau tonight at 7:20. Muldrow and Holland Hall advanced to the winner’s bracket on Monday, and Vinita awaits the winner of Keys-Poteau in the tournament semifinals on Thursday.
Sequoyah squads head to Inola
Both Sequoyah teams will begin play in the Jerry O’Quin Tournament in Inola today.
The Lady Indians (2-0) are coming off a last-second win over Keys Saturday and will take on Inola in the first round at 4 p.m.
“We’ve been in the tournament the last three years and we’ve kind of been forming a rivalry with Inola,” Sequoyah coach Larry Shade said. “Seems like we’ve played them the last couple of years in the first round.”
The winner of the Sequoyah-Inola game will draw 3A No. 4 Verdigris on Thursday.
“If we get past Inola, we’ll get a great team in Verdigris,” Shade said. “It’s just a good tournament.”
The Sequoyah boys will take on Catoosa in the first round today at 5:30 p.m.
“Scouting report is they’re not that big,” Sequoyah boys coach Jay Herrin said of Catoosa. “They’re quick and like to penetrate; they mostly try to do stuff off the dribble.”
The winner of the Sequoyah-Catoosa game will take on the winner of Inola-Oologah in the second round. The other side of the bracket includes Verdigris, Pryor, Fort Gibson and Siloam Springs JV.
“Should be a very competitive tournament,” Herrin said. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve only won it one time.”