Tahlequah Daily Press


December 4, 2013

Sequoyah sails

Cherokee County bragging rights go to Sequoyah with a sweep of Keys


Sequoyah (girls) 58, Keys 37

Anytime Keys would shrink Sequoyah’s lead, Lady Indians coach Larry Callison made an easy decision: he’d call upon his starting five.

The combination of Cenia Hayes, Kelsey Leach, Loren Young, Audrey Ballou and Jhonett Cookson befuddled Keys all night long as the Lady Indians improved to 2-0 on the season. By the end of the contest, Sequoyah’s starting lineup had outscored Keys’ starters 47 to 33.

“That group is our most solid; we’ve got our most height there and that’s also where most of our experience is at,” said Callison, who is in his first year as Sequoyah’s coach. “That probably is our best five, and I feel like the other kids are very complementary coming off the bench and fill their roles.”

Audrey Ballou led the way for Class 3A No. 3 Sequoyah, scoring 16 points on a six-of-11 shooting effort from the field. Jhonett Cookson added a double-double showing for the Lady Indians, posting 13 points and 12 rebounds.

But 20 turnovers and a 39.2 percent (20 of 51) shooting performance from the field had Callison wanting more from his club.

“This is one of those times when we win by 21 and you just don’t feel good about it,” Callison said. “I thought it should have been over at halftime — and not that Keys isn’t a decent ball club — but we’re just making mistakes that we need to eliminate or we’re going to get beat.”

Keys, which trailed 28-19 at halftime, watched Sequoyah jump out to a 38-20 advantage midway through the third quarter before rallying back with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit down to single digits. That’s when Callison pulled his reserves in favor of Hayes, Leach, Ballou, Cookson and Young.

The lead quickly ballooned to 45-29 by quarter’s end.

“We know that Sequoyah has some great players, and they’re well-coached,” Keys coach Mickey Duncan said. “But our players have to do what they’re supposed to do. We’ve got to be a lot more mentally tough than what we showed tonight.”

Also keeping Keys (0-1) from staying close in the end was its inability to make shots from the field. The Lady Cougars — who missed their first nine shots from the field — finished 14 of 45 (31.1 percent) from the floor.

“Way too many missed shots — easy shots, layups,” said Duncan, whose team was led by Sydni Rainbolt’s 11 points before she fouled out in the fourth quarter.

“We have to be willing to take a chance and attack the basket, instead of settling for whatever is easy. And that’s where we’re at right now.”

Sequoyah (boys) 64, Keys 31

Keys    5    4    9    11    -    31

Seq    15    23    19    7    -    64

Keys (0-1): Cox 9, Weir 5, Stayathome 3, Hix 3, Hall 2, Patrick 2, Foreman 2, Littrell 2, Rogers 1.

Tah. Sequoyah (2-0): C.Green 13, Z.Parish 11, Leach 9, Kingfisher 6, Wear 6, Sanders 4, Tucker 4, Kabeah 3, Collins 3, Soap 3, Johnston 2.

Sequoyah (girls) 58, Keys 37

Keys    5    14    10    8    -    37

Seq    12    16    17    13    -    58

Sequoyah: Ballou 16, Cookson 13, Hayes 8, Tiger 8, Leach 6, Young 4, Polk 3,

Keys: Rainbolt 11, Young 9, Nolan 7, Haulmark 5, C.Nolan 4, O'Donnell 1.

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