COWETA - Sequoyah Lady Indians head coach Bill Nobles called the Coweta Lady Tigers “a State Tournament-caliber team,” after his No. 1-ranked team had to battle for their lives in a home game against the Tulsa county team two weeks ago. The Tahlequah girls would certainly agree after Coweta handed them a 67-42 Metro Lakes Conference loss Tuesday night.

Tahlequah (7-7) stayed close to Coweta in the first period, despite getting into early foul trouble. Senior Cakie Lenard, one of the key components of the Lady Tigers’ offense, had to sit down quickly with three fouls.

Ana Poteete looked like she was on her way to one of the top games of her career with 6 easy points in the first, but three fouls limited her action in the second period.

Nikki Girdner hit a 3-pointer and Shelbi Bowin added a free throw in the first, but 3-pointers by Coweta gave the home standing Lady Tigers 12 of their 17 first-period points.

Coweta scored the first 8 points of the second period. Two more 3-pointers and a field goal sparked the run that gave Coweta a 13 point lead at 25-10.

Tavarie Hamilton hit a layup to stop the streak momentarily, but Coweta rolled off 5 more unanswered points to claim a 30-12 lead.

Junior Amanda Lewallen hit a 3-pointer to get head coach Mindy Madewell-Moseley’s Lady Tigers back within 15.

Despite the efforts of Katie Atkins, Poteete and Lewallen, Coweta led 37-20 at the half.

Coweta scored the first 5 points of the third, increasing their lead to 42-20, and played excellent defense. Poteete’s field goal at 4:34 was the first THS score of the half.

Poteete would come right back with a basket on a third chance rebound, and Bowin added one more free throw. But Coweta kept the long distance bombs falling, hitting three to give them 10 for the game.

Coweta led 54-24 heading into the fourth period, and would hit only one more 3, but the damage had been done.

The referees let Lenard and Poteete play without calling things so tight in the fourth. Lenard came through with a 3-pointer and a layup off of a steal by Atkins, to score 5 points within a span of 20 seconds. Atkins hit a 3 of her own to give Tahlequah an 8-0 run with 5:43 left in the game, cutting the deficit to 20.

Coweta answered the Tahlequah run, but Lenard wasn’t finished, hitting her second 3 of the period and scoring 4 more points on a pair of field goals.

Bowin hit a field goal to end the Tahlequah scoring.

The Lady Tigers will be back in action at home Friday night against Bixby. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.

Tahlequah vs. Coweta

Tahlequah 10 10 5 17 - 42

Coweta 17 20 17 13 - 67

Tahlequah - Cakie Lenard 12, Ana Poteete 11, Katie Atkins 5, Amanda Lewallen 5, Shelbi Bowin 4, Nikki Girdner 3, Tavarie Hamilton 2

Coweta - Kailan Decamp 23, Andrea Bryan 12, Aly Howard 8, Courtney Hilderbrand 6, Destiny Morgan 6, Ashley Smith 6, Alicia Graham 4, Anna Tilman 2.

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