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January 8, 2014

Sequoyah girls rip apart overmatched foe

The best way to describe the start of the Sequoyah-Cookson Hills Small School Girls game of the 34th Bedouin Shrine Classic was the role players for the Lady Indians were going to get plenty of playing time.

With the shortest starter for the Lady Indians being two inches taller than the Lady Crusaders’ tallest starter, Sequoyah established its dominance inside early on en route to a 97-19 win at Ron Milam Gymnasium on Tuesday.

“I didn’t know what to expect tonight,” said Sequoyah coach Larry Callison. “You feel bad about leaving your starters in but they’ve got to play. So we decided we have 15 kids and we were going to go pretty equal with all of them.”

Six players for the Lady Indians ended the night in double figures – three starters and three subs. Audrey Ballou, Cenia Hayes and Jhonett Cookson led the starters with 14, 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Merissa Smith, Julia Spottedbird and Courtney Tiger paced the subs with 12, 12 and 10 points, respectively.

“I just wanted to score and prove to the coaches that I can score,” Smith said. “It felt really good to get out there and score. I didn’t know how much playing time I would get so I wanted to make the most of it.”

When the Lady Indians, 7-1 and No. 5 in Class 3A, opened the game by scoring the first 27 points of the game, Callison called off the dogs with 2:19 left in the first quarter. It was one minute later when Madison Watts put Cookson on the board with a mid-range jumper, the only points the Lady Crusaders scored as Sequoyah led 31-2 after the first eight minutes.

The first round of subs stretched the lead to 45-6 midway through the second period, mostly on the strength of Smith’s three straight buckets on breakaway layups. The Lady Indians cooled off by only scoring two more points the remainder of the second quarter to take a 47-10 advantage at halftime.

“Coach told us to keep going hard and keep the mistakes down,” Tiger said. ”Less mistakes meant more points.”

The third quarter began like the first with the starters on the floor as a group for the first 2:13 of the quarter before the musical chairs began. By that time, officials agree to have a running clock for the remainder of the contest as the Lady Indians led 74-12 after three quarters.

Sequoyah advances to play Haskell at 7:30 p.m. Friday at MHS while Cookson meets Summit Christian at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.

“I really don’t know that much about Haskell, but you can’t take anybody lightly,” Callison said. “We did that at the Fort Gibson tournament, took somebody lightly that we shouldn’t have and we got beat.”

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