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January 28, 2014

Fresh off tourney titles, Sequoyah teams enter crucial week

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Broken Bow delivered the punches. Sequoyah brought home the trophy.

That was the scene on Saturday night at Bulldog Arena in Jay when Sequoyah dominated Broken Bow, 57-46, in the Tri-State Classic championship game.

“That was a really good win on Saturday against a ranked (Class) 4A team,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said on Monday. “It was a very hard-fought, physical game.”

To say the least.

One Broken Bow player was seen by some in attendance throwing at least two punches during a brief altercation. But the Indians shrugged off the Savages to claim a tournament crown in Jay for the second year in a row.

“Our kids kept their composure,” Herrin said. “And we had that team down 20, and that shows our potential.”

Leading the way for Sequoyah against Broken Bow was Caisen Green, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Sequoyah’s senior standout finished with 17 points in the tournament finale.

Another key for the 3A No. 5 Indians (12-2) was getting Zach Parish back in the lineup after battling a nagging back injury.

“Getting Zach back for that game was big,” Herrin said. “He gave us what we needed.”

Add in B.J. Leach, Quinton Johnston and Elijah Tucker, and Sequoyah was too much for Broken Bow to handle.

“B.J. played solid defense, and Quinton Johnston made some big shots,” Herrin said. “Elijah Tucker didn’t score a point in the championship but still made the all-tournament team.”

Before the Indians capped off the tournament with a title, the Sequoyah girls put on a defensive clinic in a 33-18 win over Tulsa Memorial.

“It was a defensive mess,” Sequoyah girls coach Larry Callison said after the game. “We played well, defensively. They gave us some fits. But they had trouble scoring against our 3-2 zone.”

Jhonett Cookson nearly outscored Memorial on her own with 15 points, and Audrey Ballou chipped in with 10 points for Sequoyah.

“I just think that our size is a big positive for us,” said Callison, whose team improved to 14-1. “Our height makes it hard for other teams to shoot over us.”

While Cookson, Ballou and Loren Young protect the paint, Kelsey Leach has taken over as Sequoyah’s floor general.

“The one that doesn’t get enough credit is Kelsey Leach,” Callison said. “She gets us into our sets and does a great job on defense.”

Now both Sequoyah teams will enter the final week of games that count toward playoff seeding. Sequoyah will be at Keys tonight before returning home to take on Cascia Hall on Friday and Riverside on Saturday.

“We need to stay where we’re at,” said Callison, whose team is ranked fourth in 3A. “It’s a big week for us. We need to win three games this week. Sometimes, coming off a tournament, you can have a letdown and we can’t afford to do that.”

Same goes for Herrin and Co.

“You sure don’t want to drop a game right now to someone you should take care of,” Herrin said. “Winning on the road is important, too.

“We’re fifth now and we sure don’t want to lose any ground.”

Tuesday’s schedule

Basketball


- Skiatook at Tahlequah

- Sequoyah at Keys

- Hulbert at Warner

Wrestling

- Tahlequah at Sallisaw

- Keys at Poteau

- Stilwell/Checotah at Sequoyah

- Talihina/Quinton at Hulbert

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