2009-10  BASKETBALL
County Showdown
BEN JOHNSON ~ Tlq-Press ~ Dec. 15, 2009

    TAHLEQUAH--- For the second time this season - and second time in nine days - Keys and Sequoyah will square off in a battle of two Cherokee County foes.

    However, tonight's matchup at Sequoyah High School is the only regular-season game on the 2009-2010 season slate.

    With tipoff scheduled for 8 at the Place Where They Play, Class 3A No. 1 Sequoyah will look to repeat what it did in a 68-50 triumph over the Cougars in the Jerry Quin Invitational in Inola on Dec. 7. 

Only with a few minor adjustments, according to Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg.

    "We are going to have to run our sets better because they play real good defense," Grigg said. "Real good defense."

    The top-ranked Indians were led by Travis Sanders, who scored a game-high 18 points against Keys in first meeting. Terran Pettit chipped in 17 points while Ramsey Butler poured in 12. 

    After opening the Inola tournament with a win over Keys, Sequoyah (3-1) followed it up with a 64-56 loss to 3A No. 10 Verdigris and an 82-74 victory over 4A No. 7 Fort Gibson in overtime.

    "Against Fort Gibson we shot real well, but couldn't shoot free throws very well," Grigg said. "(We shot) 7-of-21 from the free-throw line, but hit 19 3s. So I don't know how you can do that when you are shooting free throws with no one guarding you."
One thing Grigg specifically addressed in terms of improving was rebounding - on both ends of the floor.

"We're going to have to always be better on the boards," he said. "Offensively and defensively."

    For Keys (1-4) and coach Duane Jones, handling the Indians' defensive pressure will be the key to a potential upset.

    "I would say we have to handle their pressure a little bit better," Jones said. "I thought we played real good defense against them, but we gave them a lot of points through turnovers. And hopefully we can handle their pressure a little bit better and take care of the ball."

    Against Sequoyah last week, Jacky Walker scored a team-high 16 points for the Cougars while Taylor Swanson also finished in double figures with 10. And Jones is confident that his team will carry momentum into tonight's game after pulling off a 52-46 win over Inola Saturday.

    "We got better all week long (in the tournament)," he said. "Every game was close. The game Saturday was close and we made some big shots down the end and some guys were starting to step up.

"We'll get better every time we step on the floor." 

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Sequoyah sweep
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press ~ Dec.16, 2009





    TAHLEQUAH - In another renewal of their fierce crross-county rivalry, the Sequoyah basketball teams took both games from Keys in a basketball doubleheader Tuesday night at The Place Where They Play. 

SHS 69, Keys 55 (boys)

    Though they won by nearly the exact same margin, the fourth-ranked Indians had a much easier time in a game in which neither team shot well from the field or the free throw line. 

    The Indians jumped out to an early lead and looked to put the game away early, getting seven points from senior guard Cody Fourkiller in the opening period to take an early 13-4 lead. 

    However, the Cougars, behind six points from big man Taylor Swanson, managed to pull within four, trailing 15-11 at the end of the first quarter despite going 0-for-6 from the free-throw line. 

In the second period, both teams traded scoring droughts, plagued by shooting woes and turnovers. 

    First, the Indians built a 22-13 lead halfway through the quarter as the Cougars went nearly seven minutes with just two points. Then, the Indians went scoreless for nearly four minutes and the Cougars rallied to within four at 22-18 with just under two minutes left before the half. But a late scoring burst from the Indians (4-1) built a 29-22 halftime lead. 

    In the third quarter, the Indians put the game away with a decisive 19-7 run keyed by Jarrett Travis and Ramsey Nofire, who had six points each in the period. 

"They gave us the spark we needed in the third quarter,"Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg said. 

    The Indians built a 48-29 lead by the end of the quarter and the Cougars would not get closer than 12 the rest of the way. 

    "We turned the ball over too much," Keys head coach Duane Jones said. "You combo that with poor free throw shooting and you're not going to win a lot of ball games."

     The Cougars (1-5) finished the game with 21 turnovers and 9-of-22 from the line, helping the Indians survive a night in which they hit just 5-of-21 three point attempts and shot less than 40 percent from the field. 

"Give Keys credit," Grigg said. "Their defense played really well." 

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Sequoyah storms past Frontier with smokin' third quarter

    TAHLEQUAH Dec.19th 2009 - Nikki Lewis and Taylor Johnson both had 23 points Saturday as Sequoyah defeated Frontier 69-47 at The Place Where They Play on Saturday.

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Sequoyah boys 80  ~  Frontier 41

    Terran Pettit scored a team-high 16 points as 3A's fourth-ranked team routed Frontie at The Place Where They Play.

    Pettit and company built to a comfortable 41-20 advantage thanks to a 17-2 run in the second quarter. The deciding factor in the scoring run was Sequoyah's depth over a nine-game Mustangs' squad.

    “You could see it was wearing them out,” said Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg, whose team improved to 5-1 with the win. “(Frontier) played last night, also.”

    One area Grigg wasn't so pleased with was his team's shooting performance. The Indians shot 37 percent (31-of-84) from the field and 32 percent (13-of-41) from behind the 3-point line.

“We've got to shoot the ball better,” Grigg said. “That's one of our weaknesses.”

Frontier's Michael Bennett scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting.

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Sequoyah teams maul Mustangs
BEN JOHNSON ~ Tlq-Press ~ Dec. 21, 2009

    She may have been the smallest player on the floor, but Sequoyah's Nikki Lewis came up big when her team needed her Saturday afternoon.

    The 5-foot senior guard scored 23 points as the Class 3A No. 7 Lady Indians used a big third-quarter run to cruise to a 69-47 win over Frontier at The Place Where They Play.

Sequoyah 80, Frontier 41 (boys)

    Terran Pettit scored a team-high 16 points as 3A's fourth-ranked team, Sequoyah, routed Frontier, 80-41 at The Place Where They Play.

    Pettit and company built to a comfortable 41-20 advantage thanks to a 17-2 run in the second quarter. The deciding factor in the scoring run was Sequoyah's depth over a nine-game Mustangs' squad.

    "You could see it was wearing them out," said Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg, whose team improved to 5-1 with the win. "(Frontier) played last night, also."

    One area Grigg wasn't so pleased with was his team's shooting performance. The Indians shot 37 percent (31-of-84) from the field and 32 percent (13-of-41) from behind the 3-point line.

"We've got to shoot the ball better," Grigg said. "That's one of our weaknesses."

Frontier's Michael Bennett scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting. 

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Tournament of Champions

Sequoyah stuns Muskogee
Kenton Brooks ~ Musk-Phoenix ~ Dec. 29, 2009

TULSA -- Undersized for the task, Travis Sanders wasn’t intimidated.

    Against a taller Muskogee inside game, the 6-foot-2 senior Sequoyah guard grabbed a rebound and made the putback with 8.6 seconds left to push the Indians, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A by Okrankings.com, to a somewhat surprising 65-63 victory against the 6A No. 4 Roughers in the first day of the Tournament of Champions at the Expo Square Pavilion on Monday.

    “That was pretty exciting. I was glad to get the last shot,” Sanders, who had a team-high seven assists, said as his teammates patted him on the back. “It was pretty cool.”

     Finishing with 10 points, Sanders rebounded a missed shot by teammate Ramsey Butler for the game-winner.

    Muskogee, which lost for the second straight game after starting the season 4-0, had a chance to tie at the end but Jerome Beasley’s shot with two seconds left hit off the rim and the Indians (6-1) advance to the 8:30 semifinal tonight against Tulsa Washington.

The Roughers play Pawnee at 3:30 p.m. The tournament continues until Wednesday.

The game boiled down to Sequoyah’s better ball handling and guard play.

    “We knew they were going to pressure and we handled that pretty decent,” Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg said. “At times, we didn’t. But our guards played pretty well.”

    Muskogee coach Terry Scott was frustrated, especially with the ball handling and perimeter play of his team.

    “We need someone out there to orchestrate to the other four players what we’re doing,” Scott said. “I don’t want to criticize our guards too hard but we need some of them to grow up in a hurry. They’re playing hard but they’re not doing enough of the little things. We’ve got to play smart from the start and have the savvy and the grit to finish.”

    The Roughers tied the game at 63-63 with 25.5 seconds left when Oren Faulk stole the ball and made a layup. Faulk finished with 23 points, making 11 of 12 shots from the field despite getting his second personal foul with 5:21 left in the first period.

Dante Wartson, getting his fifth foul with 1:23 left in the game, added 14 points.

Beating a bigger school is nothing new to the Indians.

    Back in 2003-04, coach Grigg’s team beat Tulsa Central, then coached by Scott, in the T of C. That left Scott a bit encouraged as he recalled it.
“We went on and won state that year,” Scott said. “So I’m not going to panic.”

    Terran Pettit had 17 and Butler added 16 points for Sequoyah, which extended its record to 5-0 when leading at halftime and 6-0 when on top after three periods. The Indians led 48-44 at the end of the third quarter.

    Sequoyah outscored Muskogee 24-14 in the second quarter to take a 33-26 lead against the Roughers at halftime.

    Pettit and Ramsey Nofire scored nine points each to boost the Indians to the lead. Travis Sanders’ rebound off a Butler miss put Sequoyah ahead to stay at 28-26 with 2:27 left in the half. A 3-pointer by Cody Fourkiller with nine seconds left pushed Sequoyah to the seven-point halftime lead.

Muskogee led 15-12 on Eugene Timmons’ 3-point basket with 7:40 left in the half. 

    In the other tournament games, 5A Tulsa Memorial (7-1) beat Class A Garber (2-1) 47-33, 6A Putnam City (6-1) downed B Roff (12-1) 72-50 and 5A Tulsa Booker T. Washington (4-1) stopped 2A Pawnee (2-1) 57-39.

Sports editor Mike Kays contributed to this story. 

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Sequoyah upsets Muskogee in first
round of Tournament of Champions.
 
 

TOC takedown
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press ~ Dec 29, 2009





    TULSA - In a clash between two of the top bassketball teams in the area, Travis Sanders’ last-second put-back gave the Sequoyah Indians a 65-63 win over the Muskogee Roughers in the first round of the Tournament of Champions at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa Monday night.

    In a game that featured the quick guards of Sequoyah versus Muskogee’s inside strengths, it was Sanders who muscled inside to put back Terran Pettit’s missed 3 with eight seconds left for the winning margin. 

    The basket spoiled a furious last-minute rally by the Roughers (4-2), who went into the matchup as the fourth-ranked team in Class 6A. Muskogee trailed 61-54 with just over three minutes to play, but a steal and bucket by Rougher big man Oren Faulk tied the game with 24 seconds to play. 

    “The play was designed for us to get that weakside rebound if we missed the shot,” Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg said. “It worked just the way we wanted.”

    Offensive rebounding and inside scoring got the Roughers back into the game after trailing 33-26 at the half. Faulk had 15 of his game-high 23 points in the final two quarters while also grabbing six of his nine rebounds. Overall the Roughers outrebounded the Indians 16-8 in the second half. 

    The Indians countered with pressure defense and three point shooting. Sequoyah (6-1) drained nine threes on the night while forcing 22 Rougher turnovers. “The main thing for us was effort,” Grigg said. “We haven’t played that well so far this season but tonight our kids played hard and it showed.”

    The guard duo of Pettit and Ramsey Butler combined for 33 points for the Indians, including five three pointers. Finding themselves trailing 15-9 early in the second quarter, it was Pettit and Butler who came up with seven straight points as the Indians surged into the lead on a 10-0 run. After the Roughers tied the game at 26 the Indians closed the half with a 7-0 run capped by a three from Cody Fourkiller with less than 10 seconds left in the half .

    The Indians stretched their lead to as much as 10 halfway through the third quarter, but the Roughers, led by Faulk, stormed back to tie the game at 44. Faulk had nine points in the quarter, but two late Sequoyah baskets gave the Indians a 48-44 lead heading into the final frame. 

    After Muskogee briefly surged back into the lead for the first time since the second quarter, the Indians launched a 9-2 run as Butler and Pettit knocked down back-to-back threes to take a 57-51 lead. 

    But Faulk refused to quit, eventually tying the game before Sanders’ heroics. “It’s a pretty exciting win for us,” said Sanders, who finished with 10 points and three rebounds. “We’re not intimidated by anybody.”

    The Indians advance to Tuesday night’s semifinals where they will take on the Booker T Washington Hornets, who easily defeated two-time defending Class 2A state champions Pawnee 57-39. The Indians and Hornets will tip off at 8:30. 

Sequoyah comes up short against Booker T. in TofC semis
Kenton Brooks Musk-Phoenix ~ Dec. 30, 2009





TULSA - The math is quite simple.

    Sequoyah had 25 turnovers to Tulsa Booker T. Washington’s 12 in the Tournament of Champions semifinal at Expo Square Pavilion on Tuesday night.

    That doesn’t add up too well for the Indians and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the Hornets took advantage of those turnovers in dumping the Indians 72-55.

The loss snapped the Indians’ winning streak at four games and puts their record at 6-2 for the season.

    Sequoyah, ranked No. 4 in the Okrankings.com Class 3A poll, plays Tulsa Memorial (7-2) tonight at 7 p.m. for third place. Memorial lost 63-62 to Putnam City on a shot at the buzzer in the other semifinal.

Washington (5-1) plays Putnam City (7-1) at 8:30 p.m. for the championship.

    Sequoyah started strongly, jumping out to an 8-0 lead with 5:41 left in the first quarter. Jarrett Travis had made two 3-pointers while Sequoyah forced 
Washington into four turnovers.

    Sequoyah eventually led 16-14 at period's end. Korey Billbury’s 3-pointer at the buzzer helped the Hornets cut the Indians lead to two.

    But 5A No. 3 Washington turned up the intensity on defense in the second period and pushed Sequoyah into 19 turnovers by halftime and led 36-26. It was tied at 22 with 3:30 left in the first half and the Hornets took control with a 14-4 run to finish out the second quarter. Billbury had seven of Washington’s points in that run to lead the way.

   “Coming in, I was worried about being leg weary because they had a little easier first round game than we did,” Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg said. “But they’ve got a really good team. The turnovers were the biggest difference in the game.”

Sequoyah was coming off a 65-63 win against Muskogee in the first round on Monday night.

    The trio of Billbury, Tharone Clifton and Juwan Parker were too much for the Indians. They combined for 51 points as Billbury led the way with 19.
Sanders led the Indians with 20 points and Ramsey Butler added 11.

    “Travis played a heck of a game,” Grigg said. “I know he got knocked to the floor one time and beats all of our guys on defense.”

    Sequoyah is making its sixth appearance in the Tof C in the last seven seasons. The Indians finished third in 2006 after reaching the 2003 finals.

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Indians finish fourth in Tournament of
 Champions after loss to Tulsa Memorial
Mike Kays ~ Muskogee-Phoenix ~ Dec. 31, 2009

TULSA - It didn’t finish like it started.

    But Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg found it hard to complain much about the 57-51 loss to Tulsa Memorial in the Tournament of Champions third-place game at Expo Pavilion on Wednesday night

    For the most part, the Indians found a way to deal with a taller and sometimes more physical Memorial team and didn’t have the turnover bug it had in the semifinal spanking at the hands of Tulsa Washington.

They just simply ran out of gas.

    “The hard part about this tournament is at this level, that they let you play more physical,” Grigg said. “Now it looked like, on the physical part, that sometimes we would go in and, sometimes, not get that call. 

    "But that’s not what beat us, and overall I thought we played well. If you win your first one in this thing, like we did, you’re in for a hard road in this thing.”

    Sequoyah, 6-2 and ranked fourth in Class 3A by Okrankings.com, went 1-2, handing Muskogee its only loss before the Roughers went back through the consolation bracket to claim fifth place. Sequoyah settled for fourth after the loss to Memorial, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A and now 8-2 on the year.

    The Indians’ major task physically was dealing with the inside presence of the Chargers’ 6-foot-9 center, Cameron Downing, with no one bigger than 6-3 on their roster. The senior had eight points as the Chargers opened up an 11-point advantage (18-7) going under the two-minute mark of the first quarter.

    It was about that time that Grigg inserted 6-foot-2 senior Ramsey Nofire, who combined with 6-3 senior Jarrett Travis to double down low on Downing. 

    The move paid off on both ends of the court as Sequoyah charged back to take the lead on Nofire’s 3-pointer with 4:30 left. Travis then fed Nofire just over a minute later, making it 25-20. Downing was held scoreless in the second quarter with just one field goal attempt.

    “That was the plan all along, to get some backside help and knock the ball away from him but we didn’t get it early because it seemed like we were scared of him,” Grigg said. “Nofire’s a little more physical so yeah, that made a big difference.”

    But the Indians, leading 29-27, would be outscored 5-0 to close the half, including a three-point play by Jon Powell in the final seconds.

    Sequoyah had just four more field goals, though, in what became a relatively low-scoring second half. Terran Pettit scored three of those, including a pair of 3-point baskets, in the first 1:29 of the third to give the Indians a 37-32 lead. That was it except for a 3-pointer from Nofire at the outset of the fourth quarter.

    Sequoyah stayed in it by shooting 10-of-14 from the free-throw line in the final period of play. Jarrett Travis hit one with 5:16 left for a 42-39 advantage before Memorial take the lead for good with a 9-3 run.

    Ramsey Butler’s pair of free throws got the Indians within one, 48-47, with 1:52 left. Sequoyah forced a turnover after the inbounds pass when Sanders deflected the ball away from Memorial’s Da’Quan Royal and into the hands of Butler. Moments later, the Chargers would get the ball back when Nofire’s pass to Cody Fourkiller sailed behind him and out of bounds, drawing a reaction from the crowd seated near the point of the pass when it appeared the ball grazed the fingertips of Memorial’s C.J. Wells before going out.

“I saw the reaction but I couldn’t see it happen,” Grigg said.

    Draper Sturdivant inbounded at midcourt for Memorial with a lob to Downing underneath the basket for a 50-47 lead with 1:22 to play. Travis missed a pair of free throws with 1:14 to play and the Indians never threatened again.

    Sanders and Pettit finished with 14 points each for Sequoyah. Butler had 12. Wells had 16 for Memorial, followed by Downing with 14 and David McIntye with 13.

Tulsa Wash. 72, Sequoyah HS 55

The math is quite simple.

    Sequoyah had 25 turnovers to Tulsa Booker T. Washington’s 12 in the Tournament of Champions semifinal at Expo Square Pavilion on Tuesday night.

    That doesn’t add up too well for the Indians and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the Hornets took advantage of those turnovers in dumping the Indians 72-55.

The loss snapped the Indians’ winning streak at four games and puts their record at 6-2 for the season.

Sequoyah started strongly, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

    When the Indians had that advantage with 5:41 left in the period, Jarrett Travis had made two 3-pointers while Sequoyah forced Washington into four turnovers.

    Sequoyah eventually led 16-14 after the first period. Korey Billbury’s 3-pointer at the buzzer helped the Hornets cut the Indians lead to two at the end of the period.

    But 5A No. 3 Washington turned up the intensity on defense in the second period and pushed Sequoyah into 19 turnovers at the half. The Hornets led 36-26.

    “Coming in, I was worried about being leg weary as they had a little easier first round game than we did,” Grigg said. “But they’ve got a really good team. The turnovers were the biggest difference in the game.”

Travis Sanders led the Indians with 20 points and Ramsey Butler added 11. 

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Tulsa two-step
Tlq-Press Jan. 13, 2010

Sequoyah 55, Victory Christian 52 (boys)

    Travis Sanders’ layup with 12 seconds remaining helped lift Sequoyah to a 55-52 win over Victory Christian Tuesday night.

    Victory Christian (3-8) took a 52-51 lead with 30 seconds left in the contest, but Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg drew up a play that was executed flawlessly by the Indians.

“It was a set play and it worked,” Sequoyah assistant coach Jay Herrin said.

    Jarrett Travis, who led all Sequoyah scorers with 11, stole the ensuing inbounds pass by Victory and converted the turnover into a layup for the final three-point margin.

    Herrin said the Indians (7-3) were hitting shots in the first half and that caused Sequoyah to trail by four at intermission.

“We were sluggish and didn’t shoot the ball real well in the first half,” he said.

    Travis was the lone Indians’ player in double figures, but Ramsey Butler and Terran Pettit both chipped in with nine points apiece.

LJ Ross lead Victory Christian with 16 points while Luke Lober added 15.

    “They (Victory Christian) are a much better team than their record indicated,” Herrin said talking about the Conquerors’ mere three wins on the season.

Sequoyah 55, victory chr. 52 (boys)

SHS 12 12 17 14 - 55

VC 17 11 12 12 - 52

Sequoyah (7-3): Jarrett Travis 11, Ramsey Butler 9, Terran Pettit 9, Travis Sanders 8, Ramsey Nofire 7, Kialo Vann 3, Trent Johnston 2, Stewart Polk 2, BJ Ketcher 2, Kiwah Gilbert 2.

Victory Christian (3-8): LJ Ross 16, Luke Lober 15, M. Bowen 8, McKenzie 5, K. Bowen 5, Wood 3.

Sequoyah squads begin busy weekend by hosting Jay
BEN JOHNSON   Tlq-Press Jan. 15, 2010





TAHLEQUAH-- At first glance, Jay’s record of 4-6 might not scare anyone on its schedule. But Sequoyah coach Bill Nobles knows his team will still have to its lunch pail against the Lady Bulldogs.

    “(Jay) is a blue-collar team,” said Nobles, whose team enters tonight’s game at The Place Where They Play with a record of 7-4. “They are a well-coached team, and they will be prepared for us..”

    The Lady Indians will tip off tonight at 6:30 in their first of back-to-back days with home contests. Sequoyah will also host Class 6A Muskogee, who has won seven games in a row entering tonight’s game at Owasso, on Saturday at 2 p.m. And before the Lady Indians can worry about the Rougherettes, who also just won the 30th annual Shriners Classic in Muskogee, they must first take care of business with Jay.

    “We’re worrying about Jay right now,” said Nobles, whose team is coming off a 58-46 win over Victory Christian on Tuesday.

    And Nobles knows that Jay is certainly a threat after the Lady Bulldogs knocked off 12th-ranked Wagoner, 62-42, recently.

    “They just work hard and that’s how they beat Wagoner,” Nobles said. “And they come here and play hard, I can promise you that.”

    As for the Sequoyah boys, who will tip off tonight at 8, they will look to build on Tuesday night’s last-second win over Victory Christian.

    The Indians needed a layup from Travis Sanders with 12 seconds remaining to pull off a victory on the road after enduring a 1-2 stretch in the Tournament of Champions over Christmas break.

Sequoyah will take on a Jay team that returns four starters from last year and is currently 6-3 this season.

“It should be a contest,” boys coach Larry Grigg said. “There are no cupcakes on our schedule.”

    And if the Sequoyah girls have it difficult not looking past Jay to Muskogee on Saturday, then it will be even more difficult for the boys, who upset Muskogee, 65-63, in the TofC.

    But Grigg doesn’t think his time will cheat and look ahead on the calendar.
“I don’t think so, but you never know what high school kids are thinking,” he said.

But Grigg knows his team will benefit from being at home.

“That’s a plus,” said Grigg, whose team is unbeaten in two games at home this season.

Jay at Sequoyah (preview capsules)
When: Tonight with girls at 6:30 and boys at 8.
Where: The Place Where They Play at Sequoyah High School.
Nicknames: Jay Bulldogs; Sequoyah Indians.

Girls
Records: Jay 4-6; Sequoyah 7-4.
Rankings: Jay is not ranked in Class 4A; Sequoyah is ranked No. 8 in 3A, according to okrankings.com.
Coaches: Jay (Terry Sweeney); Sequoyah (Bill Nobles).

News to know: After opening the season 3-2, Jay has lost four of its last five games. ... Jay is 0-3 in true road games this season. ... Sequoyah is 2-0 at home this season with the last home game occurring on Dec. 19 against Frontier.

Players to watch

Jay: Hannah Ritter, Lauren Wilson, Carrie Kirby - Ritter (10.5 ppg) and Wilson (10) are the only two girls who have scoring averages in double figures for Jay. ... Kirby, who averages 7.8 points a game, pulls down an average of 9.5 rebounds a game.

Sequoyah: Nikki Lewis - Lewis scored a team-high 21 points Tuesday night in a win over Victory Christian. The senior point guard could also get help in the scoring department from Taylor Johnson, Candace Maldonado or Courtney Jones.

Boys
Records: Jay 6-3; Sequoyah 7-3.
Rankings: Jay is not ranked in Class 4A; Sequoyah is No. 3 in Class 3A, according to okrankings.com.
Coaches: Jay (Carl Scott); Sequoyah (Larry Grigg).
News to know: Jay is 4-2 away from home this season, but the Bulldogs are 1-2 in true road games. ... Sequoyah is 2-0 at home.

Players to watch

Jay: Josh Ramsey, Chas Wiliams, Parker Warner.

Sequoyah: Jarrett Travis, Travis Sanders, Terran Pettit - Sanders scored the game-winning basket in the Indians’ win at Victory Christian Tuesday night. Travis scored a team-high 11 points while Pettit had nine and Sanders had eight. 

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Roughers avenge loss to Sequoyah HS
Mike Kays ~ Msg-Phoenix ~ Jan.17, 2010

    TAHLEQUAH - It didn’t look like panic time when MMuskogee’s Oren Faulk exited with his fifth foul, taking his 19 points to the bench with 1:51 remaining Saturday afternoon.

    But Muskogee did, allowing Sequoyah an 11-0 run in a minute’s time before righting itself for the 59-50 victory at the Indians’ The Place Where They Play.
Travis Sanders converted a three-point play on Faulk’s fifth foul, cutting Muskogee’s lead to 54-42. On the inbounds, Sequoyah’s Terran Pettit snatched Kiki Smith’s pass for a quick layup to make it a 10-point affair. Still double-digits, but game on. 

    The Indians kept up the pressure and got within four at 54-50 before Devante Wilson sank a pair of free throws with 57.6 showing. It was Wilson’s assist on a feed to Dante Wartson that had the Roughers up 54-39 with just over two minutes to play.

    “Truth is, I wasn’t prepared for Oren to foul out,” MHS coach Terry Scott said. “We had to make some quick adjustments and we were caught off guard. Like we should have had a center throwing the ball in, somebody that could see the floor better than Kiki. That wasn’t his fault. That was just wrong people in the wrong place and we kind of lost our composure in that minute.”

    Wartson’s free throw with 2:24 left in the first gave the Roughers a 9-8 advantage, one they wouldn’t relinquish until Sequoyah’s Jarrett Travis canned a 3 after grabbing the deflection off Faulk’s block on a shot by Ramsey Butler. That made it 26-23 with 4:31 left in the third.

    Down 31-27, Muskogee closed on a 7-2 run that ended with Wilson’s putback to take a 34-33 lead into the fourth. That’s when Faulk took over. 

    He scored nine of his points in the first four minutes-plus of the fourth, including a dunk off an assist from Eugene Timmons for a 51-39 lead with 3:39 to play that ultimately was enough to atone for the first-round loss the Indians handed MHS in the first round of the Tournament of Champions.

“This wasn’t about atonement,” Faulk said. “This was about getting to 12-2.”

    Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg, his third-ranked Class 3A team falling to 10-4, thought the 6-foot-7 Faulk was the major difference against his squad that doesn’t start anyone taller than 6-3.

    “But we also didn’t shoot as well as we did against them in Tulsa,” Grigg said. “Against them, you have to stick your 3s. The bad thing about it is we got the looks. It wasn’t like we were forcing them.”

    Missed free throws also hurt Sequoyah, specifically off the hand of Ramsey Nofire. He was 2-of-11 for the game, 1-of-8 in the first half.

    “He’s at least 60 percent for the season but like I told him, we lose as a team,” Grigg said. “Coaches do their part too,”

Wilson had 15 points for Muskogee and Wartson 10. Sanders had 16 and Travis 14 for Sequoyah.

    MHS takes an eight-game win streak and its No. 5 spot in Class 6A into a sizable break at an opportune time. The Roughers don’t play again until traveling to Jenks Jan. 29. Wilson is nursing a shoulder problem and Breon Powell, Dante Wartson and Erick Johnson are all nursing minor ankle injuries.

    “It can’t come at a better time,” Scott said. “This was a tough place to play. We got out of here with a win and we need to heal up and fix some things.”

Sequoyah 63,
MHS girls 51
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Sequoyah boys stomp Colcord in Tri-State Classic
Tlq-Press ~ January 21, 2010

    JAY - Sequoyah High School Indians scored 332 points, its highest point total in one quarter, in the first period Tuesday night and coasted to a 79-31 win over Colcord in the Tri-State Classic in Jay.

“It was basically over in the first quarter,” Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg said.

    Stewart Polk scored a team-high 12 points for Sequoyah while Travis Sanders added 10 more as the Indians improved to 9-4 and advanced to the semifinals where they will face Broken Arrow JV at 5:50 p.m. on Thursday.

    Sequoyah, who bounced back following a 59-50 home loss to Muskogee on Saturday, had 13 players score in the blowout.

“The game was good because we got to play a lot of people,” Grigg said.

    By the time the two teams reached the midway point of the third quarter, Sequoyah was well in control and the two squads agreed to a continuous clock for the final 11 minutes..

Sherrill Connors, who scored more than half of his team’s points, scored 16 points for Colcord.

As for Sequoyah’s semifinal opponent, Broken Arrow JV, Grigg knows it will still be a stern test.

“They’ll be better than most JV teams just because it’s Broken Arrow,” Grigg said.

    Grigg added that if the Indians beat Broken Arrow JV, they are likely to face Jay - a team they beat 70-53 on Friday night - in the tournament finals.

SEQUOYAH 79, COLCORD 31 (boys)

SHS 32 14 17 16 - 79
CHS 12 6 8 5 - 31
Tahlequah (9-4):: Stewart Polk 12, Travis Sanders 10, Riley Sevenstar 8, Ramsey Butler 7, Terran Pettit 7, Kialo Vann 6, Ramsey Nofire 6, Trent Johnston 5, Cody Fourkiller 5, Kiwah Gilbert 4, Sonny O’Field 4, Jarrett Travis 3, B.J. Ketcher 2.
Colcord: Sherrill Connors 16, Place 6, Sanders 4, James 2, Keenum 2, Shelley 1. 

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Both Indian teams in Tri-State Classic finals on Saturday night.
Tlq-Press staff reports  Jan.21, 2010

Sequoyah HS squads reach finals

    JAY - Nikki Lewis scored 18 points and Tayllor Johnson chipped in 14 as the Sequoyah Lady Indians beat McDonald County (Mo.), 60-54, in the semifinals of the Tri-State Classic in Jay on Thursday afternoon.
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Sequoyah 75, Broken Arrow JV 59 (boys)

    Terran Pettit scored 17 points as the Indians beat Broken Arrow JV to advance to the tournament finals at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

Ramsey Butler added 12 more for the Indians, who improved to 10-4 with the victory.

    "We played really well early," said Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg, whose team opened the game up with a 27-13 first quarter.

Taylor Reed scored a game-high 25 points for BAJV while Aaron Kirkpatrick scored 10.

"They have some kids that will be good players," Grigg said.

Sequoyah stumbles
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press ~ Jan.27, 2010

    JENKS - Both Sequoyah basketball teams saw thheir recent winning surges thwarted by abysmal offensive performances in losses at Jenks Tuesday night.

    The 3A fourth-ranked Indians, fresh off a championship in the Tri-State Invitational over the weekend, saw a promising first half go up in smoke in a scoreless third quarter as they succumbed to the Trojans, 44-32.

    With the score tied at 24 after the break, the Indians managed just eight second half points, including just one lone field goal, as they committed 23 turnovers in the loss.

    "We just couldn't get one to go in," Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg said. "That's basketball sometimes. Our shots just rolled around the rim and stayed out."

    The Trojans (9-7) surged into the lead in the opening frame, outscoring the Indians 11-4 over the last half of the first quarter to take a 16-10 lead.

    But the Indians (11-5) would battle back, using several Trojan turnovers to go on an 11-1 run and take a 21-19 lead with three minutes left in the half.

    However, the Indians couldn't buy a basket in the final two quarters, scoring six of their eight second half points from the free-throw line.

    The Trojans could do little better in the third quarter, managing just nine points in the third for a 33-24 lead. 

    "I can't remember the last time we were shut out in a quarter," Grigg said. "But on the bright side, our defense was really good the whole game."

    The Indians would get as close as six at 34-28 with five minutes to play, but Jenks senior CJ Sidorakis, who led all scorers with 15 points, led a Trojan surge that put the game away.

"Our kids came out and competed," Grigg said. "But it's hard to win on the road in these big places."

Travis Sanders and Cody Fourkiller led the Indians with seven points apiece.

Jenks 44, Sequoyah 32 (boys)
Sequoyah 10 14 0 8 - 32
Jenks 16 8 9 11 - 44

Sequoyah: Travis Sanders 7, Cody Fourkiller 7, Terran Pettit 4, Stuart Polk 4, Ramsey Butler 3, Kialo Vann 3, Jarrett Travis 2, Ramsey Nofire 2.
Jenks: CJ Sidorakis 15, John Leonard 9, Nick Schelbar 8, Tyler Ott 6, Tony Hodnett 4, Tanner Bushyhead 2. 

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Sequoyah squads hold off Victory Christian
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press ~ Feb. 03, 2010

The Sequoyah Indians found their offense just in time. 

    Trailing Victory Christian by 11 going into the fourth quarter, the Indians put on a furious rally capped by Terran Pettit's desperation heave at the buzzer that gave Sequoyah a 45-42 win over the Conquerers. 

    After LJ Ross's three at the end of the third quarter gave VC a 35-24 lead, the Indians went on a 15-2 run over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to seize their first lead of the game at 39-37. 

    The Indians continued to lead 42-40 with just under 12.5 seconds left when Ramsey Butler missed two free throws to give the Conquerers a chance to tie. 

    Caleb Bowen did just that for Victory Christian, scoring on a driving layup to knot the score at 42 with 5.2 seconds to play. 

    But that left just enough time for Pettit to pull his magic trick, dribbling the ball up the middle of the court before almost losing it off his own foot. Regaining possession, he threw the ball over his shoulder as the horn sounded, hitting nothing but net. 

    The last-second heroics hid a night when the Indians struggled to find any offense. Sequoyah mustered just four points in the first quarter as the Conquerers took a 15-4 lead. "We had some good shots in the first half," Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg said. "They just didn't go in."
The Indians attempted to use their defense to get themselves back in the game, forcing 9 VC turnovers in the second quarter alone. But offensive rebounding by the Conquerers, combined with Sequoyah's inability to score, left Victory Christian with a 20-13 halftime lead. 

    "Offensive rebounding just killed us in the first half," Grigg said. "That's where most of their points came from."

    In the third quarter Ross took over for Victory, scoring 11 of his game-high 20 points in the frame, capped off by his own buzzer-beating three that gave Victory Christian (5-13) an 11 point cushion heading into the final frame.

    But Pettit and the Indians (12-5) refused to die. A three by Pettit was followed by three-point plays by Jarrett Travis and Travis Sanders, the last one to tie the game at 35 with four and a half minutes to go. "We found just enough offense at the end of the game," Grigg said. "I was afraid we would play poorly. We didn't practice well today. We weren't serious. But our defense won it for us."

    Travis Sanders and Pettit were the two Indians in double figures with 15 and 10, respectively. Caleb Bowen finished with 11 points for the Conquerers while Mason Bowen led a dominant VC effort on the glass with 16 rebounds. 

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For the Lady Indians, defense also ruled the day in their 57-48 win over Victory Christian. 

Sequoyah sweeps Jay
Tlq-Press ~ Feb. 06, 2010

    JAY - Fourteen Sequoyah players scored as tthe Indians pulled off a season sweep of Jay with a 79-57 win Friday night.

    The Class 3A No. 4 Indians (13-5) were able to put the game away early on with a 24-10 first quarter and a 21-9 second quarter.

    “The first half we played real well,” Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg said. “And for three quarters, we played defense real well.”

Travis Sanders led all Sequoyah scorers with 16 points. Cody Fourkiller chipped in with 14 of his own.

    “I was glad to see Cody Fourkiller score since he didn’t the other night [against Victory Christian],” Grigg said. “And Travis only scored two points in the first half, and but he answered with 14 in the second half.”

Grigg also was pleased with his production off the bench.

    “I thought Kialo Vann played well off the bench,” Grigg said of Vann, who finished with seven points. “Stewart Polk played well in the first half.”

Polk also finshed with seven points.

Jay’s leading scorer in the game was Chucky Larravee, who poured in 15 points.

    Up next for both Sequoyah teams will be a road contest at Wagoner on
Tuesday. The Seqouyah girls will face the 4A No. 12 Lady Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. before the boys game starts at 8. 

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Sequoyah sweeps Jay

Not even a 10-point deficit to begin the game could deter the Sequoyah Lady Indians from beating Jay Friday night.

Class 3A No. 8 Sequoyah recovered from a sluggish start and knocked off Jay, 63-53, to up its winning streak to two games.

Playoff Preparation
BEN JOHNSON ~ Tlq-Press Feb. 09, 2010

TAHLEQUAH- He might not admit it, but at this point, taking on Colcord in the district tournament might seem like a cake walk to Sequoyah girls basketball coach Bill Nobles. Especially with what the Lady Indians, No.8 in Class 3A, have on tap prior to postseason play, which gets underway next week.

Sequoyah will take on 4A No. 12 Wagoner -- twice -- and 2A No. 5 Oktaha.

"We will be very well tested in getting ready for the playoffs," said Nobles, whose team is 13-6.

    First up for the Lady Indians' will be tonight's game at Wagoner, which tips off at 6:30. The two teams will meet again on Saturday at The Place Where They Play.

    Nobles said the Lady Bulldogs (11-6) will present some different looks on the defensive end, thanks to their ability to fly around the court.
"They are a very athletic team," Nobles said. "They will run several different traps and bring a lot of pressure. But there will be a lot of stuff we have to work on if we want to get to Oklahoma City."

As for the Lady Indians' defensive strategy, it will centered around Wagoner's Janea McJunkins.

"She's a superstar," Nobles said of Wagoner's senior leader. "She's just a solid, solid basketball player."

    As for Sequoyah's final three games of the regular season, Nobles said it's important to keep winning to build momentum with the playoffs right around the corner.

    "Having to see them (Wagoner) twice in five days is not always fun," Nobles said. "But we certainly don't want to be going into the playoffs on a losing streak."

    In the boys' matchup, the Indians (13-5) will take on a Wagoner team that has hit the skids lately. The Bulldogs (6-11) have lost eight of their last nine games, and Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg said that's due to injuries among other things.

    "They have been having trouble with injuries and some players quitting during the season," said Grigg, whose team is ranked fourth in Class 3A.

But Grigg knows Wagoner will still pose a serious threat.

    "They are pretty athletic," Grigg said. "And we picked them because they're a pretty good basketball school."

    Led by Travis Sanders, Ramsey Butler, Terran Pettit and others, the Indians will have to concentrate on one aspect of Wagoner's game: Its speedy play.

    "Playing them will be good because they have something that a lot of teams don't have -- and that's their quickness," Grigg said.

    The Indians' coach added that there will be another good thing about playing a Bulldog team that has been struggling lately.

He said: "We'll be able to play a lot of kids."

Sequoyah at Wagoner (preview capsules)
When: Tonight with the girls' game starting at 6:30 and the boys' game to follow at approximately 8.
Where: Wagoner High School (300 Bulldog Circle, Wagoner).
Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Wagoner Bulldogs.

Boys

Records: Sequoyah 13-5; Wagoner 6-11.

Rankings (as of Monday): Sequoyah is No. 4 in Class 3A, according to okrankings.com; Wagoner is not ranked in 4A.
Coaches: Sequoyah (Larry Grigg); Wagoner (Jason Giddens).

News To Know: Sequoyah has won two straight and five of its last six games. Three of the Indian's victories occurred in the Tri-State Classic where Sequoyah won the championship against McDonald County (Mo.). .... Sequoyah is 9-4 away from home this season. ... Wagoner has lost four in a row and eight of its last nine.

Players To Watch:
Sequoyah: Travis Sanders, Terran Pettit, Cody Fourkiller - Sanders, one of the Indians' top scorers, led Sequoyah with 16 points in Friday night's win at Jay. Fourkiller added in 14 of his own and Pettit is always a threat to score in bunches for Sequoyah.

Wagoner: Jordan Lewis, Prince McJunkins.

Last Games Played: Sequoyah pulled off a season sweep of Jay with a 79-57 victory last Friday. Wagoner, however, came up short in a 89-47 against Fort Gibson.

Looking Ahead: Sequoyah will get a good tuneup game prior to postseason play with a game at Oktaha on Friday night. Wagoner will play Jay on the same night before playing the Indians for the second time in one week on Saturday.

Sequoyah stomps struggling Bulldogs
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Sports ~ Feb.10, 2010

    WAGONER - Having regained their offensive mojo somewhat in last Friday's win at Jay, the Sequoyah Indians had no problems against an overmatched Wagoner Bulldog squad in an 80-43 road win Tuesday night. 

    In winning for the eighth time in their last 10 outings, the fourth-ranked Indians used offensive rebounding and pressure defense to overwhelm the host Bulldogs. 

"We played good defense," Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg said. 

    The Indians forced 21 turnovers, including six during a third quarter in which they outscored the Bulldogs 18-8 to take a 57-34 lead after three periods.

    The first half was dominated by Sequoyah's inside duo of Travis Sanders and Ramsey Nofire. Both players finished with 10 points after two quarters of play, with Sanders getting eight of his in the first as the Indians (14-5) took a 21-11 lead. Six of those points came on offensive rebounds on consecutive possessions midway through the quarter as the Indians took a 10-point lead.

    After Wagoner (8-12) used their own offensive rebounding to pull within six early in the second, it was Nofire's turn to be the go-to scorer for the Indians. The 6-2 senior scored eight points over the final three minutes of the first half, including back-to-back buckets on long outlet passes, as the Indians stretched their lead to 13 at the break. 

    "Our rebounding on the defensive end was not good at times," Grigg said. "That's something that hurt us in the second quarter."

    Terran Pettit stole the inbounds pass to start the third quarter and turned it into a three-point play, sparking Sequoyah on an 8-2 run that put the game out of reach. The Indians would not lead by less than 17 points the rest of the game. 

    "We shot decent." Grigg said. "But we need to shoot better against teams that run zone in the playoffs.We had open looks tonight and just didn't hit them."

    Sanders and Nofire were the only Indians in double figures, but seven other Sequoyah players had at least six points. Kialo Vann also had four assists to go along with his six points. Anthony Easiley led the Bulldogs with 11 points and nine rebounds.
 

Sequoyah 80, Wagoner 43 (boys)

SHS 21 18 18 23 - 80
Wagoner 11 15 8 9 - 43
SHS: Travis Sanders 10, Ramsey Nofire 10, Geoff Little 8, Cody Fourkiller 8, Jarrett Travis 8, Terran Pettit 7, Ramsey Butler 6, Stuart Polk 6, Kialo Vann 6, Kiwah Gilbert 4, BJ Ketcher 4, Shane Brittain 3.
WHS: Anthony Easiley 11, Paul Golden 8, Trevantae Walters 7, Jordan Lewis 6, Michael Adams 4, Jimmy Carter 3, Vernon Johnson 2. 

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Marsden leads Sequoyah past Lady Bulldogs
CNHI News Service ~ Feb. 10, 2010

WAGONER  ------

Boys:
Sequoyah 80, 
Wagoner 43

Sequoyah handed Wagoner its fifth loss in a row on Tuesday night as they topped the Bulldogs 80-43. 

    Sequoyah (14-5) was led by Travis Sanders and Ramsey Nofire with 10 points each. Anthony Easiley led the Bulldogs with 12 points and nine rebounds. 

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Girls:

    WAGONER - Laci Marsden may be new to the Oklahooma high school basketball scene. But she is no stranger to the importance of playing well as postseason play nears.

    The senior move-in from Ketchikan, Alaska, scored a game-high 25 points as Class 3A No. 7 Sequoyah wore out Wagoner in a 63-47 triumph at the Hughes Event Center.

Sequoyah teams to take on Oktaha
BEN JOHNSON  ~ Tlq-Press ~ Feb.11, 2010

     Both Sequoyah basketball teams will have their hands full on Friday night. Both Indian clubs travel to Oktaha to close out the road portion of the regular-season slate.

    For the Lady Indians (14-6), a trip to Oktaha means taking on a team that has only lost one time this season - and that was to Hulbert (56-54) in the title game of the Shriners’ Classic in Muskogee. 

    Luckily for Sequoyah, the Lady Indians have Laci Marsden and Nikki Lewis, who becoming a formidable duo in the backcourt. Marsden and Lewis have top the Lady Indians in scoring since the they returned from the Nike Interstate Shootout in Oregon over Christmas break.

    For the Sequoyah boys, who are 14-5 and ranked fourth in Class 3A, the Indians will square off against an Oktaha team that has only four losses to its credit this season.

    Behind senior guard Cale Elam, the Tigers (17-4) are primed for another run at the 2A state tournament this season. In 2009, Oktaha was beat out by Pawnee (65-57) in the 2A state semifinals.

    The Indians, also semifinalists in the 3A state tournament last year, enter tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak, which includes victories over Victory Christian, Jay and Wagoner.

    Following tonight’s game at Oktaha, Sequoyah closes out the regular season at The Place Where They Play against Wagoner on Saturday.

Sequoyah at Oktaha (preview capsules)
When: Tonight (Fri. Feb. 12) with the girls tipping off at 6:30 p.m. and the boys to follow at approximately 8.
Where: Oktaha High School (531 East Prairie, Oktaha).
Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Oktaha Tigers.

Boys

Records: Sequoyah 14-5; Oktaha 17-4.

Rankings: Sequoyah is No. 4 in Class 3A, according to okrankings.com; Oktaha is No. 11 in 2A.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Larry Grigg); Oktaha (Jim Glover).

News To Know: Sequoyah has won three games in a row and six of its last seven. ... Sequoyah’s is 4-1 on the road this season. ... Oktaha is currently riding a 10-game winning streak, which includes winning the title of the Mounds tournament in late January.

Players To Watch:

    Sequoyah: Travis Sanders, Ramsey Nofire, Terran Pettit - Sanders and Nofire registered 10 poinnts apiece against Wagoner on Tuesday night while Pettit is always a constant threat to score at will.

Oktaha: Cale Elam, Brett Douglas, Daniel Hayes.

    Last Games Played: Sequoyah made easy work of Wagoner in a 80-43 win Tuesday night. Oktaha barely got past Weleetka with a 56-55 triumph on Tuesday.

    Looking Ahead: Sequoyah will conclude its regular season schedule with a home game against Wagoner on Saturday afternoon while Oktaha will begin postseason play with a matchup against Warner on Feb. 19.

Sequoyah HS boys continue winning streak; Lady Indians crushed
RICHARD STROUD ~ TLQ-PRESS Feb.13, 2010

    In their second matchup with Wagoner in a week, the Sequoyah Indians had no trouble, cruising to their fifth straight win in a 72-39 triumph Saturday night. 

    Jarrett Travis exploded out of his shooting slump with five first-half 3s, including three in the first four minutes of the game as the Indians raced to a 13-0 lead. 

    "Jarrett Travis was really on fire tonight," Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg said. "We finally found someone to step out and make shots against their zone."

    The Indians led 17-6 after the first period and 37-13 at the half. Travis finished with 15 points while Travis Sanders added 10 points. 

Jordan Lewis led Wagoner with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Wagoner 63, Sequoyah 42 (girls)

    After playing one of their best games of the season Friday night at Oktaha, the Class 3A No. 7 Sequoyah Lady Indians played one of their worst on Saturday against Wagoner, turning the ball over 21 times and getting outrebounded 35-24 in a 63-43 loss. 

Area teams set to begin postseason play
BEN JOHNSON ~ Tlq-Press ~ Feb.19, 2010 

    If Oklahoma high school basketball was divided into three segments - pre-Christmas break, post-Christmas break and the playoffs - well then it’s time to begin the finaal phase.

    Both Keys and Hulbert begin postseason play tonight while Sequoyah will begin district-tournament play at home on Saturday.

    The Sequoyah boys, despite owning a 16-5 record, enter postseason play with some bad recently received bad news. The Class 3A No. 4 Indians found out they would be without the services of Terran Pettit, a junior guard, for the entire postseason.

    “He dislocated his pinkie finger on his left hand,” Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg said. “We were hoping they could just pop it back in, but he’s going to end up having surgery on his hand on Monday.”

    Grigg said Pettit sustained the injury in the Indians’ 78-59 victory at Oktaha last Friday. But Grigg, in his ninth season as Indians’ head coach, is confident that other players will fill the void left by Pettit.

    “The injury will hurt us,” Grigg said. “But other will have to step up. And I challenged the players to pick up the points that Pettit usually scores.”

    On the first round matchup with Colcord, which will tip off at approximately 8 p.m. at The Place Where They Play on Saturday, Grigg said he expects  Colcord to challenge the Indians more than it did in the first meeting.

    “We had a pretty easy time with them the first time,” said Grigg, talking about his team’s 73-31 victory over Colcord on Jan. 19 in the Tri-State Classic in Jay. “But they have some pretty good players, and I’m sure they’ll come to play.”

    The Sequoyah girls, ranked No. 7 in 3A, will take Colcord (5-10) in the first game Saturday night with tip time at 6:30.

Also in Class 3A Area IV are both Keys’ basketball teams.

    The Lady Cougars (13-8) will put their five-game winning streak on the line when they take on Westville (10-12) at 6:30 tonight. The Keys boys will follow at 8 p.m.

    If both Keys’ teams win, it could potentially set up a first-round regional matchup between Keys and Sequoyah at The Place Where They Play on Feb. 25.

Sequoyah teams cruise to district titles
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press ~ Feb. 21, 2010





    The Sequoyah Indians used a big second quarter to blow open their district playoff game against the Colcord Hornets in a 77-28 win. 

    The Indians outscored the Hornets 29-4 during the second quarter, led by senior guard Cody Fourkiller. Fourkiller made four threes in the period to finish with 18 points by halftime.

    "We wanted to go inside more and then kick the ball out to our shooters," Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg said. "That opened things up for us offensively."

    Defensively, the Indians were just as impressive, using their relentless press to force 22 Hornet turnovers in the first half alone. 

    A 23-0 Sequoyah run that spanned the first and second quarters broke the game open. Leading 17-8, the Indians (17-5) held Colcord scoreless for over six minutes, until a pair of free throws by Chris Van Dyke broke the drought. 

    Meanwhile, Fourkiller was unstoppable, scoring 11 straight points as the Indians built a 40-8 lead with just under three minutes left in the half. 

    Leading 46-12 at the half, the Indians rested their starters for most of the second half. However, that did not stop Sequoyah from stretching their lead to almost 50. 

"Our young guys played really well in the second half," Grigg said. "They're a talented group."

    In addition to Fourkiller, two other Indians finished in double figures as Travis Sanders collected 10 points, while Riley Sevenstar came off the bench to score 11.

    The Indians will next get ready for a showdown with county rival the Keys Cougars in the regional semifinals next Thursday. "It's going to be a tough game, Grigg said. "It'll be a battle."
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Lady Indians
The Sequoyah Lady Indians took their first step toward a state tournament berth with an easy 65-30 win over the Colcord Lady Hornets. 

Sequoyah upset by Keys at home
Richard Stroud ~ CNHI News Service ~ Feb.26, 2010

    TAHLEQUAH - In front of a near-capacity crowd thaat made a regional semifinal feel more like a state championship game, a poised and senior-led Keys Cougars squad pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the basketball season, taking down the fourth-ranked Sequoyah Indians 48-47 on Sequoyah’s home floor. 

    At times trailing by as much as six points in the final period, the Cougars (11-7) refused to fold, continually coming up with big shots to get back into the game and eventually take the win and a berth in Saturday’s regional championship. 

    “I don't even know where to start,” Keys head coach Duane Jones said afterward. “It was a great win. They [Sequoyah] have been that hump that we can't get over, and we finally got that monkey off our back and it was a big win for us.”

     Trailing 42-36 with just under seven minutes left following a pair of free throws by Sequoyah’s Kialo Vann, the Cougars clawed their way back into the game. A layup by Taylor Swanson on a pass from Marcus Scavone made the score 47-45 in favor of the Indians with just over two minutes to play. 

     On the ensuing possession, Indians guard Cody Fourkiller was called for a charge, giving Keys the ball back. After the Cougars missed the front end of a one-and-one, Sequoyah's Jarrett Travis grabbed the rebound, only to be tied up under the basket by the Cougars, giving Keys another shot at the lead. 
This time junior guard Ross Robbins made the Indians pay, hitting a three from the wing to give Keys the lead for good. 

“The three-pointer by Ross was awesome,” Jones said. “He’s hit some big pressure shots all year long.” 

    But the Indians would have more chances to take the lead back. After an exchange of offensive fouls, the Indians had the final possession, but three shots from point-blank range went begging, and Scavone grabbed the rebound with 1.2 seconds left to seal the win. 

    For the Indians (17-6), it was a game of missed opportunities and self-inflicted wounds. Sequoyah committed 24 turnovers on the night and shot 10-of-22 from the free throw line. 

    “We deserve to lose just for that,” Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg said. “But they [Keys] just outplayed us. They hit some big shots, got the loose balls and the key rebounds at the end.”

     The game was tight the whole way, with both teams struggling to find their footing in the opening minutes. The two teams combined for 10 turnovers in the first five minutes of the game. But the Cougars found their way first, grabbing an 8-2 lead before back-to-back threes by Sequoyah's Cody Fourkiller got the Indians back into the game. 

    The lead would change hands six times in the second quarter alone, as neither team could get larger than a four-point lead. The Indians led by a single point at the break at 24-23. 

     The Cougars opened the second half by racing to a five point lead when a Swanson tip-in made the score 29-24 with 6:30 remaining in the period. 

    But the Indians charged back with a 14-2 run to give Sequoyah its biggest lead at 38-31. But Robbins hit a three to make the score 38-36 early in the fourth, a preview of things to come. 

    “The kids really believed in themselves,” Jones said. “We talked all week about how we can beat these guys and they’re one of the best teams in the state.”

    The Cougars will play the winner between Pocola and Spiro in Saturday's final at the Muskogee Civic Center, while the Indians will play the winner between Panama and Heavener in tomorrow's consolation round. 

Keys 48, Sequoyah 47 (boys)

Keys    11    12    10    15    -    48
Sequoyah  9    15    14    9    -    47

Sequoyah HS: Ramsey Nofire 11, Cody Fourkiller 9, Travis Sanders 8, Kialo Vann 7, Riley Sevenstar 5, Ramsey Butler 4, BJ Ketcher 2, Kiwah Gilbert 1. 

Keys HS: Taylor Swanson 10, Dillon Springwater 10, Ross Robbins 9, Derek Keys 6, Jacky Walker 5, Marcus Scavone 4, Christian Daugherty 3, Copper Hall 1.
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Girls: 

Sequoyah 76,
Westville 44

    With a berth in Saturday’s regional championship game on the line, the Sequoyah Lady Indians looked like a team intent on getting back to the state tournament in Thursday night's game against Westville. 

    Led by a combined 40 points from senior guards Nikki Lewis and Laci Marsden and by a defensive effort that forced 26 Lady Yellowjacket turnovers, the Lady Indians rolled to a 76-44 win. 

Sequoyah 76, Westville 44 (girls)

Westville HS    15      9    10    10    -      44
Sequoyah HS    22    25    15    14    -      76

Sequoyah HS: Nikki Lewis 23, Laci Marsden 17, Taylor Johnson 11, Lysney Dry 9, Anaweg Smith 6, Tara Comingdeer 5, Megan Larney 2, Andi Pickup 2, Dee Adair 1.

Westville HS: Christina Hammer 13, Brianna Wilson 7, Kenzie Hampton 6, Whitney Reece 4, Suzanna Shewmaker 4, Camillia Weaver 2, Elizabeth Hernandez 2, Jewel Yell 2, Felicia Manning 1.

Sequoyah beats Eufaula to advance in Area
  RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press ~ Mar.4, 2010

MUSKOGEE - The Sequoyah Indians may be in unfamiiliar territory, but they seem to be adjusting just fine.

    Faced with going through the consolation bracket to earn an eighth-straight trip to the state tournament, the Indians rolled to their third straight double-digit win, this time blowing out the Eufaula Ironheads by a score of 77-51.

    The Indians opened the game blazing, making seven of their first 11 shots and shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half. Sequoyah (20-6) opened the game with a 17-4 run and led 21-9 at the end of the first quarter.

    But the Ironheads refused to quit, outscoring the Indians 15-8 to open the second quarter and drawing to within three points at 29-26 with 2:40 left in the half.

    The Indians were able to right the ship and take a 38-28 halftime lead, but a stretch of cold shooting to start the third quarter would open the door for Eufaula (18-9) to once again get back in the game. The Indians missed 10 their first 11 shots in the third quarter, but the Ironheads could get no closer than four points halfway through the period and the Indians would answer with a 25-5 run that stretched into the fourth quarter and ended Eufaula's comeback hopes.

    In both situations Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg did not call a timeout, relying on his senior-dominated ballclub to work their way out.

    "I kind of gambled with that," Grigg said. "A lot of coaches would have taken a timeout. But we were playing well and I didn't want to give [Eufaula] a rest."

    Ramsey Butler led the Indians offensively with 17 points, most of those coming on drives to the basket and from free throws. In all, the Indians made 18 of 23 free throws, a vast improvement over previous games and outscoring Eufaula by 10 from the line. "I take that everytime," Grigg said.

Cody Fourkiller added 13 points, draining three of the Indians' five three pointers in the game.

    For the third straight game the Indians shut down their opponent, holding the Ironheads to 31 percent shooting on the night. The Indians finished with 43 percent shooting despite going 5 of 18 in the third quarter.

Tiandre Nichols had a double double for the Ironheads, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Indians will take on the winner between Valliant and Spiro at 3pm on Friday at the Muskogee Civic Center.

Sequoyah 77, Eufaula 51

Sequoyah    21    17    16    23    -       777

Eufaula          9    19    11    12    -       551

SHS: Ramsey Butler 17, Cody Fourkiller 13, Ramsey Nofire 9, Travis Sanders 8, Jarrett Travis 7, Stuart Polk 6, BJ Ketcher 6, Kiwah Gilbert 6, Trent Johnston 4, Zack Robinson 2, Kialo Vann 1. 

EHS: Tiandre Nichols 16, Jeffrey McIntosh 8, Jared Choate 6, AJ Lewis 5, Christian McIntosh 5, Jordan Houston 4, Steven Horton 3, David Brown 2, Aaron Morgan 2

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The Lady Indians, fresh off a regional-final victory over Heavener, will take on Kansas Friday night (Mar.5, 2010) at 6:30 with a berth into the state tournament on the line.

No. 10 Sequoyah girls fall to No. 1 Kansas
Jeremy Short ~ Musk-Phoenix ~ Mar.06, 2010

    MUSKOGEE- For much of Friday night’s Class 3A Area IV final at the Muskogee Civic Center, No. 10 Sequoyah looked to be the equal of top-ranked Kansas, but an 11-3 run to start the second half by the Lady Comets was the difference as SHS fell 48-41

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Boys:

Sequoyah 68,   Spiro 36

    Ramsey Butler had 18 points and Kiwah Gilbert had 10 points as the Indians (21-6) reached today’s consolation finals against Keys with their fourth straight win through the back side of the bracket.

    The game was never in doubt. Sequoyah led 19-8 after one quarter and the lead reached 30 by the end of the third quarter. Spiro post player Alonzo Releford was out for disciplinary reasons Spiro, led by Shane Hobson’s 10 points, finishes at 15-13. 

Sequoyah sinks Keys reach State
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press Mar.6, 2010

    MUSKOGEE - In a rematch of last week's regional semifinal, the Sequoyah Indians prevailed over their county rivals from Keys to win their fifth straight consolation game and earn their ninth straight trip to the state tournament.

    In a game that Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg described as a "prizefight", the Indians had just a few more punches, ending Keys' cinderella run through the postseason. "We knocked them down, but they kept getting back up," Grigg said afterward. "You can't say enough about how tough Keys played."

    The Indians came out swinging early, using their vaunted press to force early Cougar turnovers in taking a 16-7 lead after one period.

    But much like their first meeting, the Cougars refused to go away, using a late five-point flurry from guard Marcus Scavone to cut Sequoyah's lead to 25-21 with one minute left in the first half.

    Cody Fourkiller and Ramsey Butler led the way for the Indians offensively, combining for 18 points in the first half.

    The Indians would stretch their lead to nine early in the third quarter, but once again the Cougars would rally, getting within five by the end of the quarter and within four after a layup by Dillon Springwater with 2:48 to go.

But Sequoyah would clamp down defensively and make just enough free throws to put the game away.

    Butler and Fourkiller each led the Indians with 14 points apiece, while Marcus Scavone led the Cougars with 11. Derek Keys and Taylor Swanson each had 10 points for the Cougars.

    "We battled back but never could quite get over the hump," Keys coach Duane Jones said. "i'm just proud of how our guys played and what we accomplished this season."

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    The Indians advance to the championship game with their fourth-straight blow out win. This one, a 68-36 win over the Spiro Bulldogs, was their biggest one yet.

Butler once again led the way for Sequoyah, repeatedly slashing to the basket for a game-high 18 points.

Sequoyah led 19-6 after the first quarter and never trailed by less than 13 for the rest of the game.

    The Cougars lost what turned out to be their best chance to advance to the state tournament when they blew a 29-26 fourth quarter lead and lost to the Hugo Buffaloes 40-38 in the Area Championship game.

    The hard-fought defensive game was typical of Keys' run through the playoffs. Though outsized by the Buffaloes, the Cougars were able to keep Hugo in check for much of the game. "We got the type of game we wanted," Jones said. "We just couldn't get it done at the end."

    The Buffaloes used an 8-0 run over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to take their biggest lead of the night at 34-29. The Cougars committed 6 turnovers during that span.

    Keys came back with a three-point play by Marcus Scavone following a wild scramble for an offensive rebound. The Cougars would pull within one when Keys scored down low with 1:21 left. But the Cougars couls not score on two consecutive possessions and the Buffaloes  one-of two freee throws on three straight trips to the line. The final free throw by Donyele Shanklin made it 40-38 with  11.3 seconds left. A last-minute heave by Ross Robbins air balled, allowing the Buffaloes to advance to state.

GOING  TO  STATE  !

Lady Indians Big House bound

Sequoyah beats Heavener to earn berth in 3A state tournament
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press Mar.6, 2010

    MUSKOGEE - What looked to be an easy win for thee Sequoyah Lady Indians in the Area Consolation championship turned into a tight affair that the Lady Indians just squeaked out 54-45.

    Laci Marsden's knee injury at midcourt with 3:33 left in the second quarter left the Lady Indians adrift offensively, allowing Taylor Collins and Heavener to fight their way back into the game.

Matchups released for state tournament
March 08, 2010

    An interesting matchup in Class 3A girls has No. 10 Sequoyah (17-7) hooking up with No. 4 Millwood (23-5), the school that ended the Lady Indians’ quest for a record fourth straight state championship two seasons ago, in a

 3:30 p.m. tipoff at Choctaw High School. 

Sequoyah could go into the game minus Laci Marsden, the move-in from Alaska who began play in January, who injured a knee against Heavener in Saturday’s consolation final at Muskogee Civic Center. She’s scheduled to have an MRI on Monday to determine her status for the tournament.

Sequoyah’s boys, winners of five straight postseason games after a regional loss against Keys, take their No. 4 ranking and 22-6 mark against No. 18 Holdenville at

 8:30 p.m. at Moore High School.

Class 3A boys

Sequoyah-Tahlequah beats Holdenville
ED GODFREY ~ Oklahoman ~ March 11, 2010





    Sequoyah-Tahlequah opened the third period with 12 consecutive points and never trailed in the second half to defeat Holdenville, 68-57, in a Class 3A boys first round state tournament game at Moore High School.

    The Indians now meet Millwood in the semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Moore. Millwood defeated Verdigris, 54-29, in the other semifinal.

    The Indians (23-6) had six players with eight points or more in the game, led by senior Ramsey Butler's 14 points.

    Jarrett Travis added 11 points, while Travis Sanders, Kialo Vann, Cody Fourkiller and Ramsey Nofire each had 8.

    Holdenville, which ended its season at 16-10, was led by Caleb Deer with 20 points and Denzel Hughes with 17.

    Jimmy Asbury, who had 10 points for Holdenville, scored a basket with less than two minutes remaining to cut the Indians' lead to 62-56, but the Wolverines could get no closer.

The Indians are looking for their first state title since 2003.

Making a (State)ment
RICHARD STROUD ~ Tlq-Press ~ March 12, 2010

    MOORE - In a building full of good memories ffor Sequoyah head coach Larry Grigg, his Indians used a 12-2 run in the third quarter to put away a stubborn Holdenville squad 68-57 Thursday night at Moore High School.

    The Indians won two games at the Moore High School gym when they won it all in 2003 and they are now one step closer to repeating that feat after taking down the Wolverines.

    Sequoyah (23-6) used their pressure defense and deep bench to wear down the Wolverines, who were making their first state tournament appearance since 1965.

    “Our press wore them down and made them get into their bench,” said Grigg, whose team advanced to the semifinals where the Indians will take on No. 2 Millwood tonight at 7:30 at Moore High School. “We knew from watching them on tape that they only played six or seven guys.”

    Another key the Indians found from film study was a Wolverine squad that was vulnerable on drives to the basket, something the Indians took full advantage of. 

    “We thought they were susceptible to that,” Grigg said. “Once you got past the first defender they had a hard time stopping it.”

    Sequoyah point guard Ramsey Butler took the initiative early, driving to the basket twice as the Indians built a 6-4 lead midway through the first quarter. But Holdenville (16-10) would hang in the game, getting points from its big three of Caleb Deer, Jimmy Asbury, and Denzel Hughes, all of whom averaged in double figures on the season. 

    A three-point play by Deer brought the Wolverines within one at 20-19 with 5:20 left in the first half, but the Indians, behind eight first half points from Ramsey Nofire, pulled away for a 33-27 halftime lead.

    The Indians then used a suffocating defense to hold the Wolverines to just two points for over six minutes to open the second half. By the time Deer hit a 3 with 1:40 left in the third quarter, the Indians had built a 16 point lead. The Indians also benefited from Holdenville's switch from a man-to-man to a 2-3 zone defense, finding space for a couple of three-pointers. Butler also found room in the paint, scoring eight points in the frame. 

“When they went to the zone that hurt them,” Grigg said. “We were able to find a lot of room to score.”

    But Deer and Hughes weren't quite done, combining for five 3s over the remainder of the game and cutting the Wolverines’ deficit to single digits on several occasions. 

    Holdenville would get as close as six (60-54) with 1:40 left following an Asbury jumper. But on the ensuing possession Kialo Vann hit Travis Sanders with a length-of-the-court pass for a layup. The Wolverines missed shots on their next two possession and Sequoyah would counter with just enough free throws - 9-of-16 in the fourth quarter - to keep Holdenville at bay.

    Butler led the Indians with 14 points, while Jarrett Travis scored 11, nine in the second half, and grabbed eight rebounds. 

    Four other Indians scored eight points each, as Sequoyah's bench outscored Holdenville's 19-0. Deer led the Wolverines with 20, while Hughes finished with 17, 11 of those in the second half.

Sequoyah 68, Holdenville 57 (boys)

SHS    12    21    18    17    -     68

HHS    12    15    10    20    -     57

Sequoyah HS: Ramsey Butler 14, Jarrett Travis 11, Travis Sanders 8, Kialo Vann 8, Cody Fourkiller 8, Riley Sevenstar 6, Sonny O'Field 3, Kiwah Gilbert 2.

Holdenville HS: Caleb Deer 20, Denzel Hughes 17, Jimmy Asbury 10, DeAndre Smith 6, Cameron May 4.

Class 3A boys

Millwood advances to state final with win over Sequoyah-Tahlequah 
BRANDON CHATMON ~ Oklahoman ~ March 12, 2010

MOORE - State championship No. 14 is within ttheir sights.

    Millwood advanced to the state championship game with a 55-48 win over Sequoyah-Tahlequah in the semifinals of the Class 3A Boys State Tournament at Moore High School on Friday night.

    "We wanted to do this for Chop (Varryl Franklin)," Michael Ervin said. "We didn't make it last year so we wanted to make it this year."

    Millwood, who is tied with Tulsa Washington with 13 boys basketball state titles, will face Hugo at 12:15 p.m. today at State Fair Arena.

    It was a close, hard-fought game throughout until Millwood took a 45-39 lead early in the fourth quarter. Ervin, one of the best track athletes in the state, used his exceptional speed on the basketball court, sparking Millwood with his slashing drives to the basket.

    "My job is to penetrate and play defense," he said. "We wanted to pound it inside, so I wanted to keep penetrating and getting it inside." 

    Sequoyah-Tahlequah rallied behind three straight three-pointers by Jarrett Travis as the Indians cut Millwood's lead to 49-48. Travis' deep shooting got the Sequoyah-Tahlequah crowd involved as the Indians pulled within one point.

    "We just had to stay focused," Brandon Swindall said. "That crowd... that was the loudest crowd I've played in front of, even in football."

     Sequoyah-Tahlequah didn't score in the final 1:50 of the game as Millwood's pressure defense forced the Indians to take difficult shots down the stretch.

    "We had started out strong (defensively) but we let up," Ervin said. "Coach got on us at half and we brought it back in the second half."

    With their defense forcing Sequoyah-Tahlequah into difficult shots, the Falcons put the game out of reach in the final seconds with clutch free throws from Swindall, Dre Triplett and Josh Turner.

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Semifinal swoon
BEN JOHNSON ~ Tlq-Press ~ Mar. 13, 2010

    MOORE - At one point during the fourth quarter of Friday night's Class 3A state semifinals, Sequoyah's Ramsey Butler and Millwood's Deford Robinson had to separated following a heated exchange. The two were sent to their respective benches to allow cooler heads to prevail - like two fighters in a heavyweight prize fight.

    And that's exactly what the game at Moore High School's Douglas H. Frederick Sports Complex felt like - a bigtime slugfest between two top five teams. But it was Robinson's second-ranked Falcons that prevailed with a 55-48 victory to advance to the 3A title game.

    “Their aggressiveness hurt us a little bit,” said Sequoyah coach Larry Grigg, whose team failed to make it past the semifinal round for the second straight season. “And that’s what they did to Verdigris on (Thursday), they just shut Verdigris down. And I was worried about that because we’re not real physical, I mean athletically.”

Millwood's Michael Ervin led the Falcons (22-6) with 11 points as MHS held off a resilient Sequoyah club in the fourth quarter.

    Sequoyah, who ends the season 23-7, trailed by seven points early in the final frame, but the No. 4 Indians charged back behind senior Jarrett Travis. The 6-foot-3 forward, who finished with a team-high 11 points, took his game beyond the perimeter with three 3-pointers in the fourth - the first being a shot off the glass to get his hot streak going.

    “They (Millwood) gave me the chance to do it, so I did what I had to do,” Travis said talking about Millwood allowing him looks from the outside. “It just wasn’t enough.”

    After Travis trimmed the deficit to 49-48 with a 1:50 left, Millwood’s Brandon Swindall knocked down two free throws to bump the Falcon’s edge back to three (51-48).

    The Indians attempted to tie the game on Cody Fourkiller’s 3-point shot with 26 seconds remaining. But the senior’s good look from the left wing went astray as Millwood pulled down the rebound and made four more free throws to ice the game.

    “It was 49-48, then we had a chance to tie at 51-48,” said Grigg, whose team had won six straight postseason games since losing to Keys (48-47) in the regional-tournament opener. “And they (Millwood) made free throws down the stretch. They have a really good club.”

    The difference in the game was Millwood’s 32-17 rebounding advantage. Behind Swindall’s eight boards, the Falcons (22-6) were able to clean the offensive glass and score numerous times on second-chance putbacks.

    “I’m sure the difference in the game was offensive rebounding,” said Grigg, whose team was playing in its ninth straight state tournament. “And that’s what we were afraid of just because they are so athletic. We got beat by seven and probably a lot of those were on those putbacks that hurt us.”

    Another key in Millwood’s triumph was the Falcons’ relentless pressure on defense. The Indians had very few open looks and had to scratch out every point they could get.

    “They played the best D all year of anyone we faced,” said Travis, who was the lone Indian player with shooting success going 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-7 beyond the arc. “They just play good D.”

     As a team, Sequoyah, who dropped to 1-2 all time at Moore High School during state-tournament games, shot 15-of-42 from the field for 35.7 percent. The Indians also were 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from behind the 3-point line and 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

     The Falcons, winners of seven straight, shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 18.1 percent (2-of-11) from beyond the arc. Millwood’s Darius Gates, who scored six points, tallied both treys for the Falcons.

    The game was a back-and-forth affair through the opening quarter and the early portions of the second. Through 10 minutes of action, the two teams combined for nine lead changes and three ties.

    It was the Falcons, though, that went on a 7-0 run to break a 12-12 tie in the early stages of the second quarter. Millwood would never trail from that point on.

    Grigg, who completed his ninth season as Indians’ coach, said not having shooting guard Terran Pettit hurt against Millwood’s strong defensive pressure.

    “You have to remember that we played without one of the bullets in our gun,” Grigg said talking about his junior guard. “That makes a big difference.

     “We’ve got a kid sitting over there that might of got 15 or 16 points tonight, and he wasn’t on the floor. And that hurts because he can put the ball on the floor and go to the basket. I’m not making excuses, but when you lose a kid like that, it makes a big difference.”

    Overall, Grigg was pleased with his team’s play this season - which included a first-place finish in the Tri-State Classic, a third-place showing in the Inola Tournament and a fourth-place finish in the Tournament of Champions. And yet another trip to the state tournament.

“If somebody tells you that every year you’re going to go to the semis and have a chance to get to the finals, I’ll take it every year,” Grigg said.

    After summing up the Indians’ season, Grigg made his prediction for the 3A title game, which pitted Millwood against Hugo, who beat Cascia Hall in the other semifinal game.

    “We got beat by probably the team that’s going to win the state tournament,” he said. “I would pick Millwood to win because of their defensive pressure.”

Millwood 55, Sequoyah 48  (boys)

Sequoyah      10    17    7    14    -    48

Millwood      12    18    9    16     -    55

Sequoyah (23-7): Jarrett Travis 11, Ramsey Butler 8, Ramsey Nofire 7, Travis Sanders 7, Cody Fourkiller 6, Kialo Vann 5, Riley Sevenstar 4.

Millwood (22-6): Michael Ervin 11, Dre Triplett 9, Chavis Sledge 9, Brandon Swindall 8, Gates 6, Turner 4, Robinson 4, Sledge Jr. 4.

2010 State Playoff Brackets . . .

Millwood wins its 14th boys title 

The Falcons top Hugo for the crown.
 Associated Press ~ 3/14/2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - Delford Robinson scored 15 points to lead Oklahoma City Millwood to its 14th state boys title with a 48-40 victory over Hugo in the Class 3A boys championship game, Saturday at State Fair Arena.