OKLAHOMA CITY - Mission accomplished!

For the second year in a row the Gold Ball that represents the Class 3A girls State Championship is headed to Cherokee County. The Sequoyah Lady Indians dominated the Verdigris Lady Cardinals 60-45 Saturday night at “The Big House” at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds to complete their mission of a repeat of their championship season of a year ago.

All season long the Lady Indians had been the favorites, holding the No. 1 ranking from start to finish for the first time in school history. Losses to Class 5A State Champion Tulsa and Class A Semi-Finalist Frontier were the only teams to blemish the Sequoyah schedule as 27 other teams fell by the wayside in the wake of Head Coach Bill Nobles’ Lady Indian juggernaut.

The final record of 27-2 is a new school record.

Sophomore Angel Goodrich and All-Stater Shawna Singleterry led Sequoyah to the championship victory over Verdigris (24-6) with 21 and 12 points respectively.

Things started off slow for the Lady Indians with Verdigris holding a 4-3 lead with a three by Cassie Moore being the only Sequoyah points.

Singleterry would hit a pair of free throws to give the Lady Indians a brief 5-4 lead, but the Lady Cardinals battled back with a field goal and a three to put Sequoyah in a 9-5 hole.

That’s when the Lady Indians took control and started playing like the champions they are.

Brea Brewer came off the bench and sank a basket to draw Sequoyah to within two at 9-7. A steal by Goodrich resulted in a basket to tie the contest. Sequoyah would take the lead on a Goodrich free throw. The Lady Indians led 10-9 and with the Gold Ball in their sight, never looked back.

Brewer hit a three with 30 seconds left to give Sequoyah a 13-9 lead at the end of one.

Singleterry hit a jumper to begin the second period to cap a 10-0 Lady Indian run, putting Sequoyah up 15-9.

Verdigris would hit a pair of free throws, but those points would only rile the Lady Indians up, with the maroon and silver chalking up another 10-0 that clinched the second straight title for Sequoyah.

Lorin Hammer scored two straight baskets, giving Sequoyah a 19-11 advantage.

Singleterry hit a jumper and Tiffany Teehee chipped in with a field goal to increase the lead to 23-11.

Goodrich came up with a basket and immediately followed up with a steal and a dish off to Hammer to up the total to 27-11.

Sequoyah remained hot in the late stages of the half with Goodrich nailing a three to double-up the score at 30-15.

A pair of baskets by Goodrich and Hammer sent the Lady Indians into intermission with a 34-18 advantage.

Sequoyah would increase their lead to 20 in the third.

A pair of free throws by Moore got things going and a field goal by Goodrich and a three by Brewer kept things rolling as the Lady Indians took firm control at 41-20.

A free throw by Goodrich and a pair of field goals by Singleterry kept Sequoyah on the path to victory, though the Lady Cardinals chipped away at the lead and trailed by a 46-30 margin heading into the final stanza of the season.

The fourth period was a slow-paced affair with Sequoyah only managing four points and Verdigris six through the first four minutes.

Goodrich had all of the early scoring, hitting a free throw to increase the advantage to 47-30.

The Lady Cardinals managed to get the score down to within 13 at 47-34 with all of Verdigris points coming from the line.

Sequoyah answered the Verdigris challenge the same way they usually do, with a 3-pointer from Goodrich that took away any doubt that the Lady Indians mission was going to end successfully.

Jaime Loy and Goodrich put together back-to-back field goals to make the score 54-36 and a basket by Sade HorseChief added two more to that total.

Fittingly the Lady Indians top two scorers during the season scored the final points of the season.

Singleterry hit a field goal to make the score 58-41 and Goodrich scored the Lady Indians’ last points of their championship season off a steal from Hammer.

Nobles called two time-outs in the final minute to allow the entire team to take part in the special night.

The Lady Indians four seniors, Singleterry, Loy, HorseChief and Teehee all scored in their final game.

Sequoyah 60, Verdigris 45

Verdigris 9 9 12 15 - 45

Sequoyah 13 21 12 14 - 60

Verdigris - Kait Heskett 11, Mallory Stanley 10, Cassie Clarke 10, Tiffani Nelms 7, Meg Heskett 3, Emily Ford 2, Jessica Pitts 2

Sequoyah - Angel Goodrich 21, Shawna Singleterry 12, Lorin Hammer 8, Brea Brewer 8, Cassie Moore 5, Tiffany Teehee 2, Jaime Loy 2, Sade HorseChief 2

SEQUOYAH 62 MARIETTA 59

Marietta jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on baskets by Tanica Anderson and Heather Bassinger.

Sequoyah put together an 8-0 run thanks to their defense, which came up with five first period steals.

Two baskets by Shawna Singleterry and a pair of free throws and a layup by Angel Goodrich gave Sequoyah an 8-4 advantage.

The black and gold Lady Indians responded with a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 8-7 at the 3:15 mark.

A field goal by Singleterry with 1:54 to play in the first and a clutch 3-pointer by Brea Brewer with 10 seconds left gave Sequoyah a 13-8 lead after one period.

A 3-pointer by Lorin Hammer to begin the second period gave Sequoyah a lead of 16-8. But Marietta, as they would all evening, battled back as very few of the Sequoyah Lady Indians’ opponents have done this season. The black and gold went on mini-run of 4-0 to cut the lead to 16-12.

Goodrich came through, as she usually does in pressure situations, hitting a basket while drawing a foul. The three-point turn around put Head Coach Bill Nobles’ Lady Indians up by seven at 19-12.

Sequoyah dodged a bullet after Singleterry was whistled for a foul and drew a technical as well. With four free throws and possession of the ball, Marietta could have taken a lead of 22-20. Instead, the black and gold Lady Indians melted in the pressure cooker created by a capacity crowd of 5,000 mostly Sequoyah fans in the Sawyer Center, missing three of the four charity shots and throwing the ball away on the ensuing possession.

Marietta did manage to get within 20-18, but a field goal by Goodrich and a 3-pointer by Hammer sent Sequoyah into the intermission with a 25-20 advantage.

Singleterry raised the lead to 27-20 to begin the third. But Marietta stormed back with an 8-0 run to take the lead for the first time since the first minutes of the opening period.

Again it was Goodrich to the rescue as the sophomore phenom drove to the basket for an easy two, putting Sequoyah in front 29-28 at the 4:56 mark.

All-Stater Singleterry added a basket, but again Marietta refused to surrender, taking a 32-31 advantage with 3:21 left in the third.

Goodrich performed her magic one more time, draining a 3-pointer while drawing a foul. Angel hit the free throw for a four point play that put Sequoyah in front 35-32.

Singleterry and Goodrich would hit field goals before the period ended, but Marietta outscored Sequoyah 8-4 in the final minutes to take a 40-39 lead into the final stanza.

With the score tied at 41, Cassie Moore hit a three to put Sequoyah up 44-41. A basket and a free throw by Singleterry gave the maroon Lady Indians a 48-45 lead at the 4:49 mark of the fourth. A bucket by Hammer increased that advantage to 50-45.

Moore’s second three-point basket of the fourth looked like it would seal the win for Sequoyah with the score at 53-47.

The resilient Marietta five would battle back again however, hitting a clutch three and a pair of free throws to draw within one at 53-52 at the three minute mark.

Moore chipped in her eighth point of the period with a field goal to put Sequoyah up 55-52.

Marietta still had some fight left in them, hitting a three to tie the game and coming up with a steal and a score to take a 57-55 lead with 1:53 left to play.

A Bill Nobles-coached team never panics, however. Instead, adversity, however rare it may come, brings out the best in the Lady Indians.

With 1:40 left, Goodrich scored her biggest basket of the year, driving in for two, while once again drawing a foul. Goodrich completed the three-point play to put Sequoyah up 58-57.

This time Marietta had no answer. The lead was Sequoyah’s to keep.

A swarming defense created a turnover and a Singleterry basket to increase the advantage to 60-57 with 58 seconds left on the clock.

Marietta would try for the last shot, hoping to send the game into overtime, but Goodrich had other ideas, coming up with a steal and drawing an intentional foul. Angel connected on both charity shots to send Sequoyah into the championship game for the second time in as many years.

Sequoyah 62, Marietta 59

Marietta 8 12 20 19 - 59

Sequoyah 13 12 14 23 - 62

Marietta - Skye Foster 15, Jordan Thurman 14, Heather Bassinger 11, Tanica Anderson 8, Valerie Hill 7, Megan Grisham 2, Barrick 2

Sequoyah - Angel Goodrich 22, Shawna Singleterry 21, Lorin Hammer 8, Cassie Moore 8, Brea Brewer 3

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