By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor
OKLAHOMA CITY – It took five years, but Adair finally got even with Sequoyah.
After losing to the Lady Indians in the 2007 title game and in the semifinals in 2008, the Lady Warriors administered a dominating performance in all facets, winning 61-39 in a Class 3A quarterfinal Thursday night at State Fair Arena.
“These girls weren’t around then, but I told them they owed me one,” said Adair coach Scott Winfield, whose fourth-ranked team will carry a 28-0 mark into today’s semifinal against another 28-0 team in No. 1 Sulphur. They’re two of three unbeaten teams left in 3A girls, Perkins-Tryon being the other.
Winfield’s team dominated in two categories – rebounding and turnovers. And, just for emphasis, let’s say rebounding again.
No. 11 Sequoyah (20-9) never led. Kelsey Leach’s basket tied it at 2, and the Lady Indians were within one twice at 4-3 and 6-4. Loren Young’s putback off her own rebound made it a 9-7 game with 4:36 to play in the opening quarter and that would be as close as they would get.
It would also be the only Sequoyah points off a offensive rebound – Young had 3 of Sequoyah’s 4 in the half. Adair had 16 at that end, led by Bailey Stephens, who was also quite efficient on the defensive end with seven. Overall, Adair had a 27-17 advantage on the boards at the half in building a 38-17 advantage
For the game, Adair had a 47-30 advantage, 30-6 on Sequoyah’s end of the floor. Two Adair players registered double-doubles – Molly Kerr had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Stephens 11 and 13.
“We struggle at that,” Sequoyah coach Larry Shade said about the boards battle. “We have all year. And when we’re not shooting well, it just carries over into our psychic and every aspect of our game.
“I know we have several girls on this team with three years of starting experience but we may not have the maturity that a lot of people think we do. We’ve lived and died by the 3 and tonight it was like there was a lid on the basket and we couldn’t get it off.”
And of course, the Lady Warriors’ hands were all over those misses.
Sequoyah shot 17-of-51 for 33 percent. Adair was 21-of-58 for 36.2 percent. But again, most of their misses became putbacks.
Turnovers also hurt the Lady Indians. They had eight in the first half to Adair’s three. On one of those, Raven Campos picked Courtney Jones clean in the frontcourt just outside the 3-point circle. Campos had an uncontested layup in front of her but missed it. Stephens was there to grab the miss and dropped it for a 28-12 advantage heading into a timeout with just under 5:00 to play in the half.
For the game, Sequoyah had 17 giveaways to the Lady Warriors’ 13. Adair led by as many as 26, 55-29, with 6:35 to play.
Jones, Sequoyah’s only senior, ended her career with a team-high 14 points.
“It hurts to go out like this,” she said.
It was Sequoyah’s first state appearance since 2010. The Lady Indians have now lost three consecutive games there since the 2007 title win against Adair.