TAHLEQUAH – The Tahlequah Sequoyah girls basketball team jumped out of the gate in the 2005-2006 season.

Off to a 7-1 start, the Lady Indians have beaten the likes of many top teams. The only loss of the season came to East Central, ranked no. 1 in Class 5A and considered by most to be the best team in the state.

The Lady Indians have played four games against top five teams and are 3-1 in those games.

A concern at the beginning of the year was that the Lady Indians were going to have to play their home games away from home due to the fact that their new facility is still under construction.

“My girls are used to it, it’s not a big deal. All of the girls returning got playing time last year and they are ready for what is going to be thrown their way,” said Coach Bill Nobles.

Nobles’ team is being led by sophomore guard Angel Goodrich, who is averaging more points per game than she did last year.

The young team is really starting to gel as a whole and are looking to repeat as state champions. The Lady Indians next challenge will be against the Wagoner Lady Bulldogs, who defeated Tahlequah 37-34 Wednesday night.

The no. 1 ranked Lady Indians will battle Wagoner on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Muskogee Civic Center in the semi-finals of the 26th annual Bedouin Shrine Classic.

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