, Muskogee, OK

Prep Sports

March 11, 2014

Area teams capsules


Class 3A


Coach: Larry Callison

Best of the best: Audrey Ballou (14.2 ppg), Cenia Hayes (13.6 ppg), Jhonette Cookson (13.1 ppg, 11 rpg and 5 blocks), Loren Young (9.3 ppg).

Others: Feather Pacheco, Courtney Tiger, Kelsey Leach, Taylor Owl, Jakkie Wright, Mariah Hooper, Amy Tiger,  Sierra Pok, Felisha Hummingbird.

The bracket:

Thursday’s Games

At Southern Nazarene, Bethany

Game 1 – Adair vs. Hugo, 8:30 p.m.

Game 2 – Sequoyah vs. Heritage Hall, 7 p.m.

Game 3 – Verdigris vs. Alva, 3:30 p.m.

Game 4 – Spiro vs. Washington, 2 p.m.

Friday’s Games (at At Southern Nazarene, Bethany

Game 5 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6:30 p.m.

Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m.

Saturday’s Game (at State Fair Arena)

Game 7 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 7:30 p.m.

Against the field: Sequoyah is 0-1, its only loss coming in the Area Finals against Verdigris.

For openers: Heritage Hall is No. 9, but Callison doesn’t like the matchup. “Not sure it’s the best draw we could’ve had. Two division 1 guards and breaking them down, they may be the best team we’ve seen this year.”

Erika Wakefield is one of those guards. She’s a 5-4 senior who will play at Tulsa next year.

Sequoyah’s top guard Audrey Ballou (knee) is hurt. Cenia Hayes stepped up strong as a freshman in last week’s area tournament and she’s part of a guard mix with Leach, Pacheco and Polk. The key for Sequoyah will be the double-post play with Cookson and Young.  Young was a point guard and the team’s top scorer last year but has struggled adjusting at post. She did have 11 points in the area consolation final against Vian, and she like the core of this team, has the experience of being here last year.

Bracket size-up: No. 1 Adair’s only loss was to Norman North in the tournament of champions. Alva, unbeaten Washington and Verdigris are all area champions. and 2-4 in the rankings. No. 9 Heritage Hall and No. 11 Spiro are the darkhorses in a field that basically held strong to the rankings.

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