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January 19, 2014

Sequoyah wins at BOK

TULSA – Audrey Ballou scored 25 points to lead Sequoyah to a 57-38 win over Jay on Saturday in the inaugural High School Hoops Showcase at the BOK Center.

Changing defenses in the second half also made a defense for the Lady Indians.

Ballou, scored 20 of her points in the second half, 15 in the fourth quarter, led the charge in the Indians’ rally from a 27-20 halftime deficit.

“She’s our leading scorer,” Sequoyah coach Larry Callison said. “She shoots the ball well. We tried to go to her a lot in the second half and she finally found her stroke.”

Sequoyah’s defense limited the Lady Bulldogs (5-6) to 11 points in the second half.

“The halftime talk probably helped them a little bit,” Callison said. “But we did switch defenses. We went to the 1-3-1, kind of full-court and half-court, and it gave Jay a little of a problem there.”

The Lady Indians, 11-1 and No. 4 in Class 3A, were in a 3-2 zone defense during the first half.

“We finally decided to pick it up,“ Callison said. “We just didn’t play real hard in the first half. We came out in the second half and hooked a little bit better.”

Sierra Polk also finished in double-figures for Sequoyah with 10 points.

A 3-pointer from Julia Spottedbird gave the Lady Indians a 10-9 lead in the first period.

Jay answered back surging to a 23-14 lead after a 3 from Rebekah Reno.

Sequoyah trailed 27-20 at halftime, but rallied to take the lead after storming back with a 13-3 run. A free throw by Sierra Polk knotted the score at with 2:30 left in the third quarter and a 3-pointer by Jhonett Cookson 23 seconds later, which gave the Indians a 33-30 advantage.

A pair of free throws from Jay’s Mason Jeffries brought the Lady Bulldogs to within a point before the Indians closed the game with a 22-6 spurt, including a layup from Cookson to close the third.

Sequoyah dominated the boards and forced turnovers in the midst of the run.

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