Both Sequoyah basketball teams will have their hands full on Friday night. Both Indian clubs travel to Oktaha to close out the road portion of the regular-season slate.

For the Lady Indians (14-6), a trip to Oktaha means taking on a team that has only lost one time this season – and that was to Hulbert (56-54) in the title game of the Shriners’ Classic in Muskogee.

Luckily for Sequoyah, the Lady Indians have Laci Marsden and Nikki Lewis, who becoming a formidable duo in the backcourt. Marsden and Lewis have top the Lady Indians in scoring since the they returned from the Nike Interstate Shootout in Oregon over Christmas break.

For the Sequoyah boys, who are 14-5 and ranked fourth in Class 3A, the Indians will square off against an Oktaha team that has only four losses to its credit this season.

Behind senior guard Cale Elam, the Tigers (17-4) are primed for another run at the 2A state tournament this season. In 2009, Oktaha was beat out by Pawnee (65-57) in the 2A state semifinals.

The Indians, also semifinalists in the 3A state tournament last year, enter tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak, which includes victories over Victory Christian, Jay and Wagoner.

Following tonight’s game at Oktaha, Sequoyah closes out the regular season at The Place Where They Play against Wagoner on Saturday.



Sequoyah at Oktaha (preview capsules)

When: Tonight with the girls tipping off at 6:30 p.m. and the boys to follow at approximately 8.

Where: Oktaha High School (531 East Prairie, Oktaha).

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Oktaha Tigers.



Girls

Records: Sequoyah 14-6; Oktaha 19-1.

Rankings: Sequoyah is No. 7 in Class 3A, according to okrankings.com; Oktaha is No. 5 in 2A.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Bill Nobles); Oktaha (Chester Pittman).

News To Know: Sequoyah is on a three-game winning streak. ... Tonight's game is Sequoyah's last road game of the regular season. ... Oktaha's only loss of the season was to Hulbert (56-54) in the championship of the Bedouin Shrine Classic in Muskogee.

Players To Watch:

Sequoyah: Laci Marsden, Nikki Lewis, Lynsey Dry – Marsden and Lewis are quickly becoming Sequoyah's dominate 1-2 punch. Marsden and Lewis – both senior guards – scored 25 and 20, respectively, against Wagoner on Tuesday. Dry was the Lady Indians' other double-digit scorer with 10 points against Wagoner.

Oktaha: Chloe Nichols, Haley Logan, Whitney Brown.

Last Games Played: Sequoyah dominated Wagoner in a 63-47 victory on Tuesday night. The Lady Indians' pressure defense caused Wagoner to turn the ball over more than 20 times. Oktaha beat Weleetka, 68-25, on Tuesday night for Pittman's 501st career win.

Looking Ahead: Sequoyah will play at home against Wagoner on Saturday while Oktaha will host Warner in the District 8 of the Class 2A playoffs on Feb 19.



Boys

Records: Sequoyah 14-5; Oktaha 17-4.

Rankings: Sequoyah is No. 4 in Class 3A, according to okrankings.com; Oktaha is No. 11 in 2A.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Larry Grigg); Oktaha (Jim Glover).

News To Know: Sequoyah has won three games in a row and six of its last seven. ... Sequoyah’s is 4-1 on the road this season. ... Oktaha is currently riding a 10-game winning streak, which includes winning the title of the Mounds tournament in late January.

Players To Watch:

Sequoyah: Travis Sanders, Ramsey Nofire, Terran Pettit – Sanders and Nofire registered 10 points apiece against Wagoner on Tuesday night while Pettit is always a constant threat to score at will.

Oktaha: Cale Elam, Brett Douglas, Daniel Hayes.

Last Games Played: Sequoyah made easy work of Wagoner in a 80-43 win Tuesday night. Oktaha barely got past Weleetka with a 56-55 triumph on Tuesday.

Looking Ahead: Sequoyah will conclude its regular season schedule with a home game against Wagoner on Saturday afternoon while Oktaha will begin postseason play with a matchup against Warner on Feb. 19.

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Ben Johnson

Press Sports Editor

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