The Sequoyah High School girls' basketball team made sure people knew who they were in the first round of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Indians' unique pressure defense gave Ursuline Academy, out of Wilmington, Del., fits all day long as the Lady Indians routed Ursuline, 67-42. Ursuline was the No. 8 team in the nation.

"I know we don't look like much when we step out onto the court," SHS coach Bill Nobles said. "Ursuline has several 6-footers out there. They just had a difficult time with our press. In Oklahoma, everybody has seen our 1--1-2-1 press, but they've never seen it out here so it's difficult to prepare for."

The Lady Indians made 11 threes in the game including one to start the fourth quarter that increased the Lady Indians' lead from 13 to 16 points.

Sequoyah held a 16-15 lead after the first quarter, outscored Ursuline 19-9 in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead.

Sequoyah had built the lead up to 16 points in the third, but a 3-pointer by Ursuline as the quarter ended got it to within 13 at the end of the quarter.

"We made a bad decision as far as our shot selection at the end of the third quarter and they were able to get a three to end it," Nobles said. "At the beginning of that fourth quarter, [Brea] Brewer hit a three which gave us back a 16-point lead and that pretty much ended it after that."

Ursuline was without its star player, 6-foot-5 Elena Delle Donne, but Nobles said he thinks his team still would have had a good chance of winning.

"Even if she had played, they had to solve or press and our press was on today," Nobles said. "Our press picked up where it left off after the Oklahoma's Best tournament. We converted off of turnovers and we made good decisions."

Angel Goodrich, Lorin Hammer and Sukey Deere led the Lady Indians as Goodrich had 13, Hammer 12 and Deere had 11. Brewer came in just under double digits with nine.

The Lady Indians will next play Southridge of Beaverton, Ore.

Southridge beat Narbonne by four points in its first-round game.

"We're very happy with our kids," Nobles said. "We played like we were supposed to play. People will overlook us, but that's a good thing. Our kids are really playing well right now. I think any win we get out here is considered an upset."



Sequoyah girls 67, Ursuline 42

Sequoyah — Angel Goodrich 13, Lorin Hammer 12, Sukey Deere 11, Brea Brewer 9, Lindsey Hammer 7, Cassie Moore 5, Nikki Lewis 4, Mariah Norwood 4, Karen Hammer 2.

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