Tahlequah Daily Press

March 4, 2014

Sequoyah teams roll to regional crowns

From Staff reports

— WILBURTON — Antlers’ boys basketball roster features six players. That’s all Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin needed to see.

“We came out and pressed them hard,” Herrin said. “We didn’t think they could play at our speed.”

He could not have been more on the money. Antlers stood no chance and ended up falling, 70-28, to Class 3A No. 5 Sequoyah on Saturday night in the 3A regional finals at Wilburton High School.

The Indians (22-3) scored the first 15 points of the game and never looked back. Sequoyah led 39-8 at halftime and were already making plans for an Area IV showdown with No. 4 Verdigris on Friday.

Leading the way for Sequoyah against Antlers was Zach Parish with 12 points. Caisen Green and B.J. Leach also recorded 10 points apiece.

The Indians’ game against Verdigris will be at Checotah High School.

The Sequoyah girls didn’t manhandle their opponent like the Sequoyah boys, but a 61-45 victory over Holdenville still meant ticket to the area finals for the fifth-ranked Lady Indians (24-1).

“We played one of our better games, especially for three quarters. I thought we played with a lot of intensity and came to play on both sides of the ball,” Sequoyah coach Larry Callison said. “(Jhonett) Cookson, I thought, played really well for us on the inside.”

Cookson led the Lady Indians with 15 points. Cenia Hayes added 11 points in the winning effort, and Feather Pacheco and Loren Young both added 10 points for the Lady Indians.

Much like the Sequoyah boys, the Lady Indians will take on Verdigris, ranked fourth in 3A, on Friday night in Checotah. The game — with a berth into the state tournament up for grabs — will tip at 6:30 p.m.