Tahlequah Daily Press

January 11, 2014

Trojans trounce Seqouyah in Shrine semifinals


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— The Class 6A Jenks Trojans snuffed out any upset ideas of the 3A Indians by running off to a 23-5 lead after the end of the first quarter and outscored Sequoyah in every quarter after that to gain the finals of the Bedouin Shrine Classic.

"It was good to come out and get started early because those guys are giant killers and have been since I’ve been around,” Jenks coach Clay Martin said. “A lot of credit to our seniors for setting the point and it’s always good to have Steven Parker on the floor.”

Parker led the Trojans (3-2) with 14 points, Shawn Scott had 10.

For Sequoyah (7-2) Caisen Green and Hunter Soap led with just six apiece.

“We got some open looks, early 3s and didn’t fall and made one of our first free throws, then kind of settled in but they’re bigger faster, stronger and played really good defense,” said Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin. “We like these opportunities. We’re not going to see anybody in 3A that’ll put you under this kind of stress so it shows us what we can handle.”



Large School Boys

Seventh-place game, Hilldale vs. McAlester, Hilldale HS, 1:30 p.m.

Consolation final, Tulsa Hale vs. Checotah, Muskogee HS, 1:30 p.m.

Third-place game, Coweta vs. Sequoyah, Muskogee Civic Center, 1:30 p.m.

Finals, Muskogee vs. Jenks, CC, 9 p.m.

Sequoyah (girls) 68, Haskell 46



The Haskell Lady Haymakers found out the hard way what a stifling defense can do on Friday at Ron Milam Gymnasium.

The Sequoyah Lady Indians created 14 first-half turnovers to grab a 32-point lead at the half and coasted to a 68-46 win and a date with defending champion Spiro in the Large School girls final.

We didn’t want to press at first,” said Sequoyah coach Larry Callison. “But we kind of got nonchalant and had to pick up the tempo. That was the difference in the game.”

To compound Haskell’s problem, the Lady Haymakers (2-6) shot 29.4 percent (5 of 17) in the half while The Lady Indians, 7-1 and No. 5 in the Class 3A poll, connected on 50 percent (17 of 34) in the first 16 minutes.

“We’re very young and they are very talented,” said Haskell coach Rick Kirkhart. “We’ve got a ways to go but we’ll get there. It’s just going to take some time.”

Four Lady Indians finished in double figures led by Loren Young’s 15 points while Jhonett Cookson ahd 13 points and Audrey Ballou and Cenia Hayes had 11 points each. Haskell’s Denora Wheeland led all scorers with 28 points, 26 coming in the second half.

Young knew in the early going that her points were going to come off her defensive effort.

“We played together as a team,” she said. “When that happens, we all get opportunities.”

While Callison was pleased with the defensive effort, he was glad to see Young come through on the offensive end.

“She hasn’t been shooting the ball real well,” Callison said. “I was glad to see her have a good night offensively.”



Small school girls

Seventh-place game, Hilldale JV vs. Porter, Hilldale HS, 10:30 a.m.

Consolation final, Summit Christian vs. OKC Santa Fe South, Muskogee HS, 10:30 a.m.

Haskell  vs. Oktaha, Muskogee CC, 10:30 a.m.

Finals, Spiro vs. Sequoyah, CC, 6 p.m.



Spiro 82, Hulbert (boys) 45

Class 3A’s fourth-ranked Bulldogs looked like a team that should be playing in the large school division as they used full-court pressure to convert six Hulbert turnovers into points in the first two minutes before the Riders knew what hit them and jumped out to a 16-2 lead.

“They’re just good all-around and they’ve got speed that we just haven’t seen,” said Hulbert head coach Dustin Gist. “We adjusted somewhat in the second half and played better, but they didn’t press us as much either.”

Leading 29-10, the undefeated Bulldogs (8-0) went on a 14-0 run to really break things open early in the second quarter. The much quicker and stronger Bulldogs got 24 points from 6-foot-4 junior forward McKinley Whitfield while Timothy Perry with 14 and Tyquan Seymour with 10 joined McKinley in double figures.

The Riders (5-3) had two players in double digits with Parker Taylor knocking down 15 points on the night and Mason Fielden adding 14.