Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

November 30, 2012

Time to tip off

Tahlequah and Sequoyah gets hoops seasons started.

Chad Walker has had two months to conjure up a starting lineup for his basketball team. Yet, Tahlequah will take on Skiatook tonight at the TMAC and Walker still hasn’t settled on a solid starting five.

It’s not his fault, though. He’s been battling with Mother Nature.

For instance, his likely starting shooting guard, Desiree Phipps, will sit out against Skiatook after dealing with a serious illness recently.

“Without one of our best players,” Walker said, “it’s hard to know what to expect.”

In Phipps’ spot will likely be Maegan Blevins, one of Tahlequah’s long-range sharp shooters that came off the bench last season.

“I’m still trying to decide [on the lineup],” Walker said. “It could be Casey (Beaston), Jhonett (Cookson), Randee (O’Donnell), Marisa (Girdner) and Maegan Blevins.

“There are several girls that we could go with (at the fifth starting spot). We have a number of girls we can put in, and we feel comfortable putting any of them in.”

If it is Blevins, Walker said it’ll be like having a coach out on the court.

“Maegan is very intelligent,” Walker said, “and you can’t go wrong with intelligent.”

Against Skiatook, Tahlequah is taking on a team that it lost to twice last season. However, Skiatook (1-0) is under the direction of a new coach (Tatum Beer) with almost an entirely new roster.

“I don’t know much about them; I know the mom had success running the 2-3 zone last year,” Walker said of Skiatook’s former coach Leah Beer, Tatum Beer’s mother. “Without Moyer, I don’t know what they’ll have.”

Skiatook ended last season with junior forward Correy Moyer set to return, but the now Texas State signee is at Verdigris after transferring. Instead, Skiatook will lean heavily on a pair of seniors, Eden Henderson and Jessie Henderson, and freshman Mikayla Schulanberger, who led Skiatook with 11 points in a 25-19 win over Claremore-Sequoyah on Tuesday.

Text Only
Sports
Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Stocks