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January 16, 2013

The day after: Quick thoughts following Tuesday night hoops

Tahlequah
— Boys: Beat Claremore 54-47.
The Tigers got 21 points from Dalton Cunningham while managing to hold off a winless Claremore club.
Quick take: Getting 21 points from Cunningham is a huge plus, and if Lain Wright and Jake Vader can score in bunches, too, Tahlequah could be somewhat dangerous going forward. A win over Skiatook on Friday could help Tahlequah build some confidence with a month left to go in regular-season play.
 
— Girls: Lost to Claremore 48-46.
Tahlequah trailed 17 at the half before dominating the second half. However, the Lady Tigers could never get over the hump and lost their fourth straight game.
Quick take: The funk Tahlequah is in is a bit baffling. The Lady Tigers have state-tournament talent, and yet they continue to slide toward a .500 record. The game Friday at Skiatook should be an easy win before entering a tough tournament field in Moore next week.
 
Sequoyah
— Boys: Beat Cascia Hall 59-54.
The Indians finally won a game at Cascia Hall, snapping a five-year losing streak to the private school in Tulsa.
Quick take: Sequoyah is starting to play "Sequoyah basketball." Running wild, forcing turnovers, playing lots of players all fit the Indians' calling card. Wins over Henryetta on Friday and Keys Saturday would even further validate the Indians' raise up the 3A charts.
 
— Girls: Lost to Cascia Hall 55-43.
A 24-2 first quarter sank Sequoyah in its second loss to Cascia Hall this season.
Quick take: The Lady Indians have talent. Courtney Jones, Feather Pacheco and Kelsey Leach provide a solid backcourt, and Loren Young and Audrey Ballou are a solid high-low front-court combination. Hopefully this team can gel with coach Ron Cox and get things figured out before February rolls around.
 
Keys
— Boys: Beat Catoosa 66-47.
Twenty-five points from Keys' Trevor Eubanks was enough for Keys to get some easy revenge following an early-season loss to Catoosa.
Quick take: This is about the time of year that Keys rounds into playoff form. Looks like the pattern is in full effect this season.
 
— Girls: Beat Catoosa 62-46.
Sydni Rainbolt and Mylee Hewitt scored for Keys — that's pretty typical. But Morgan Drywater chipped in with 10 points. That's a huge plus for the Lady Cougars.
Quick take: If Morgan Drywater can continue to fill up the state sheet, and Kandace Haulmark can provide seven to eight points a game, then Keys could become a legitimate state-tournament qualifier. We'll see if that plays out over time.
 
Hulbert
— Boys: Lost to Chouteau 63-47.
A loss to Chouteau trampled any momentum Hulbert took from a third-place showing in the Bedouin Shrine Classic.
Quick take: This team continues to be impossible to figure out. One day, Hulbert plays like world beaters; the next, the Riders lose to a team like Chouteau. If Hulbert wants to assert its stature of a respectable club come playoff time, a win over teams like Chouteau should be mandatory right now.
 
— Girls: Beat Chouteau 49-24.
The Lady Riders snap a two-game skid to get back on track, with 19 points from Tiffany Thompson.
Quick take: Not much to be gained from beating a lowly Chouteau team, but hopefully some of Hulbert's players that don't play much got some valuable court time. Come postseason time, the Lady Riders need more than just Allison Arnall, Thompson and Lindsay Krueger to provide offense.

 

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Ben Johnson has been the sports editor at the Tahlequah Daily Press since 2009. He's a Broken Arrow native and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He's also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

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