The Sequoyah Lady Indians were put to the test Friday but responded well late and notched a spot in the Bedouin Shrine Classic large school championship with a 68-60 win over the Jenks Lady Trojans Friday evening in the Bedouin Shrine Classic at the Muskogee Civic Center.
Sequoyah head coach Larry Callison was proud of his top-ranked team in Class 3A’s performance against a 6A squad.
“I was proud of them. We boarded well because we knew we had to, you know with them being a 6A team and so physical,” said Callison. “They play that way every night.”
Mackenley Church’s 3-pointer to open the fourth got the Trojans to within 47-45, but after that Sequoyah responded with a 7-0 run to make it 54-45 with 5:18 left in the game. The Lady Indians shared the wealth around and used five different scorers to keep the cushion in place.
Sequoyah’s Alexys Keys said her team came wanting to prove their toughness.
“In previous times we have been called soft,” said Keys. “We came out with it in our mind that we were going to be physical. We had to come out physical.”
The Lady Indians needed that physicality, especially in the paint as they struggled heavily from beyond the arc as they went 3-for-14 with two coming from Aubrey Brown and another from Keys. The ultimate difference came at the line where they knocked down 20 free throws to only nine from Jenks.
Keys helped with that as she was 10-for-11. She finished with a game-high 25 points. Brown finished with 14 for the Lady Indians. Jonia Walker had 13.
Jenks’ Haley Meeley finished with 18 and Church had 14.
Sequoyah will face HCAA Dallas at 7:30 tonight at the Civic Center. Jenks faces Carl Albert for third place at 11:30 a.m., also at the Civic Center.
HSAA Dallas 63,
Carl Albert 38
The HSAA Dallas Blue Angels pressed hard and quick against the Carl Albert Lady Titans and used a dominant 35-12 first to cruise to a Bedouin Shrine Classic semifinal victory.
“I am very proud of the girls. They came out with good intensity,” said HSAA head coach Josh Burton. “It can be difficult to keep an edge like that when you have a big lead, but I felt like our girls did a great job keeping it consistent throughout the game”
Starting at the 4:02 mark trailing 10-7 in the first, Carl Albert went on a scoring drought that lasted almost ten minutes. They scored again at the 2:45 mark in the second on a Dava Guy 3-pointer which made the game 29-10, ending a 19-0 HSAA run.
For the Blue Angels, the win sets up a Bedouin Shrine classic championship matchup against defending 3A state champions Tahlequah Sequoyah.
“We will have our have our hands full against Tahlequah Sequoyah,” said Burton. “I got the chance to watch them and they are fantastic.”
Burton hopes his depth can make the difference against a team known for depth of its own. “We are primarily a nine-man roster and each one of those girls from one to nine can be a starter on every team.”
Blue Angel Gabby Mureeba finished with a game-high 23 points. Gracen Williams had 14 and Grace Dillingham had 12. Carl Albert’s Dava Guy had 14.
Tripped up in a quest for a seventh straight Shrine title on Thursday, Muskogee notched its second win of the year and moved into the consolation final with a 51-43 victory over Santa Fe South.
“It was an ugly win but I’ll take it,” said Muskogee coach Shonika Breedlove. “And we needed a confidence-builder if nothing else. We still have a ways to go as far as finishing and such but we’re just trying to get it together.”
Bre’Aunee Virgin led MHS (2-6) with 16 points. Madison Maxwell had 9. Grace Whitaker had 7. The Lady Roughers used a 14-4 second quarter to run out to a 25-14 halftime lead, then had to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Saints (7-6), led by Keirra Allen with 13 points.
Muskogee will play Providence Academy (Ark.) at 1 p.m. today at Alice Robertson Middle School rather than Bacone College. Santa Fe gets the Green Country Defenders at 10 a.m., also at AR.
— Mike Kays, sports editor