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February 5, 2013

Bulldog bash

Sequoyah girls hang on to beat Lincoln Christian; Indians whip Bulldogs.

The Sequoyah girls basketball team earned a hard-fought, 49-47 victory over Lincoln Christian Monday night inside Sequoyah Center.

In a game that was decided by a mere two points, it was turnovers that proved costly for the visiting Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Indians (14-6) forced 22 Lincoln Christian (14-7) turnovers, while committing only 10. Sequoyah also recorded 13 steals and led in points off turnovers by a 15-2 margin.

“We knew they had a couple of ball handlers who weren’t real good fundamentally, so part of our game plan was to attack them whenever we had the chance,” Sequoyah coach Larry Shade said. “We also wanted to be able to turn those turnovers into points, and we were able to do that.”

Audrey Ballou led Sequoyah with 16 points, five rebounds and five blocks in 27 minutes. Loren Young added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and seven boards.

“I give a lot of credit to Baylee (Ratliff) and Courtney (Jones) tonight. They were penetrating and drawing defenders, so I was left wide open on the block a lot,” Ballou said. “This was a good win tonight. We needed that confidence boost.”

Shanna Vogt led Lincoln Christian with 15 points, but also turned the ball over nine times. Shelby Brown added 14 points, and Shaelyn Ward pulled down 14 rebounds. Lincoln Christian won the rebounding battle, 42-27, and both teams scored 30 points in the paint. The two squads also made 21 total baskets and three from downtown.

The Lady Indians jumped out to a 16-9 advantage after the first quarter, but the visitors found themselves down just two at 33-31 after three frames.

Lincoln Christian took its only lead of the game at 40-39 following a triple from Vogt with 3:42 remaining in the contest, but Feather Pacheco answered right back with a trey of her own on Sequoyah’s next possession. The home side used a 9-2 run to pull ahead 48-42 and, despite three missed free throws late, was able to hold on for the gritty victory.

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