, Muskogee, OK


January 20, 2013

Sequoyah sweeps ailing Keys



Sequoyah 76. Keys 38

It was a walk in the park for Sequoyah on Saturday afternoon at The Place Where They Play. It was a living nightmare for Keys.

Class 3A No. 14 Sequoyah faced little resistance in a wire-to-wire, 76-38, laugher that helped Sequoyah secure a season sweep over its Cherokee County rivals.

“My challenge to the girls was to step up and play four quarters of basketball,” Sequoyah coach Larry Shade said. “And we got to see four quarters of basketball.”

In front of a near-capacity crowd, Courtney Jones — who nearly outscored Keys on her own — scored 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the field. Audrey Ballou chipped in with 22 points and six rebounds and Loren Young was just short of perfect from the field, going 4 of 6 and finishing with 11 points.

“When those three are clicking, we’ve got three on the floor that can score, and it’s hard for defenses to collapse or double team or try a box-and-one or a triangle-and-two,” Shade said.

A night after hanging tough with 4A No. 2 Fort Gibson, Keys (9-8) fell behind early and never had a chance in this one. The Lady Cougars were behind 14-0 before Sydni Rainbolt buried a pair of free throws, and it didn’t get much better from that point.

Moments later, Keys’ Mylee Hewitt — the Lady Cougars’ leading scorer this season — was poked in the eye, sending her to the bench in pain for the rest of the first half. Without Hewitt and with Rainbolt in early foul trouble, Keys eventually headed to the halftime locker room down 41-11.

Sequoyah (9-5), after escaping Henryetta with a four-point win Friday night, racked up its easiest victory since obliterating Graham, 88-16, earlier this month.

“We haven’t played like that in a while,” Jones said. “We actually came out and played for four quarters, and kept our lead.”

Keys, led by Rainbolt’s eight points, finished the game shooting 17.4 percent (8 of 46) from the field to go along with 19 turnovers.

“When you don’t play defense, and you don’t rebound,” said Keys coach Mickey Duncan, “it’s not going to be a good day.”

— Ben Johnson

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