Sequoyah 68, Haskell 46
The Haskell Lady Haymakers found out the hard way what a stifling defense can do on Friday at Ron Milam Gymnasium.
The Sequoyah Lady Indians created 14 first-half turnovers to grab a 32-point lead at the half and coasted to a 68-46 win and a date with defending champion Spiro in the Large School girls final.
We didn’t want to press at first,” said Sequoyah coach Larry Callison. “But we kind of got nonchalant and had to pick up the tempo. That was the difference in the game.”
To compound Haskell’s problem, the Lady Haymakers (2-6) shot 29.4 percent (5 of 17) in the half while The Lady Indians, 7-1 and No. 5 in the Class 3A poll, connected on 50 percent (17 of 34) in the first 16 minutes.
“We’re very young and they are very talented,” said Haskell coach Rick Kirkhart. “We’ve got a ways to go but we’ll get there. It’s just going to take some time.”
Four Lady Indians finished in double figures led by Loren Young’s 15 points while Jhonett Cookson ahd 13 points and Audrey Ballou and Cenia Hayes had 11 points each. Haskell’s Denora Wheeland led all scorers with 28 points, 26 coming in the second half.
Young knew in the early going that her points were going to come off her defensive effort.
“We played together as a team,” she said. “When that happens, we all get opportunities.”
While Callison was pleased with the defensive effort, he was glad to see Young come through on the offensive end.
“She hasn’t been shooting the ball real well,” Callison said. “I was glad to see her have a good night offensively.”
— Ronn Rowland
Small school girls
Seventh-place game, Hilldale JV vs. Porter, Hilldale HS, 10:30 a.m.
Consolation final, Summit Christian vs. OKC Santa Fe South, Muskogee HS, 10:30 a.m.
Hulbert vs. Oktaha, Muskogee CC, 10:30 a.m.
Finals, Spiro vs. Haskell, CC, 6 p.m