SEQUOYAH LADY CHIEFS 62, GREENBACK LADY CHEROKEES 45
The game started off close between the visiting Lady Cherokees and the Lady Chiefs, but Sequoyah pulled away for a big win thanks to a dominant second quarter.
Greenback connected on all three of their first three shots from behind the 3-point arc- one by Kianna Bishop and two by Madison Powers, but Sequoyah had a response from Hanna Carroll, who sank three treys of her own in the first quarter to keep the Lady Chiefs close. In the end, it was a free throw by Mahogany Presnell that gave the Lady Cherokees the 12-11 lead after one stanza.
After trading buckets to start the second, Sequoyah still found itself trailing by 1. A surge by the Lady Chiefs quickly changed that, however. A Grace Wiggins layup ignited a 16-2 run to close out the second quarter, as Mallorie Harrell came alive. The senior nabbed a steal and turned it into a score on the other end before sinking a 3-pointer, a layup, and two free throws. Carroll added her fourth 3-pointer and Wiggins capped the run with a jumper before a Presnell layup stopped the run cold. Carroll had a response, though, swishing her fifth 3-pointer just before halftime to give the Lady Chiefs a 34-20 lead.
Sequoyah got layups from Abbey Borden and Harrell to start the second half, but from there, the Lady Chiefs went quiet. Bishop and Presnell answered with three baskets on the other end, and baskets by Anna Morris and Powers cut the lead down to 9.
Sequoyah responded with their sharpshooting, as Carroll knocked down her sixth and seventh treys of the night- a new record for Sequoyah- and Harrell added two layups to balloon the lead back to 20 at the end of the third quarter.
Fouls continued to mount for Sequoyah in the fourth quarter, and it sent the Lady Cherokees to the free throw line again and again. Powers and Bishop combined to make 8 free throws and combined them with a Morris layup to create a fourth-quarter run. Sequoyah responded with the starters on the bench, however, and ended the game on a 6-0 run to take the win over Greenback on Senior Night.
Carroll led Sequoyah with 22 points, while Harrell added 15 and Borden totaled 14.
GREENBACK CHEROKEES 64, SEQUOYAH CHIEFS 59
After beating Greenback on the road early in the season, Sequoyah struggled to contain scoring threats in a late-season loss to the Cherokees on Senior Night.
Darrel Bailey and Hazen Carlton provided a spark for Greenback early, recording all of their first 14 points in the first quarter as the Cherokees worked the ball inside in the paint to great success. Joe Grant answered with a layup and Trevor Stakely added a layup and John Douglas Wiggins slammed home a dunk all in quick succession to cut the lead down to three very briefly, but a Tyler Cullen 3-pointer put an end to the momentum. Trying to get it back before the break, Grant sank a long 3-pointer for Sequoyah to cut the margin to 18-12 after one quarter.
Layups by Wiggins and Ethen Bledsoe and two free throws by Grant helped the Chiefs cut the margin down to two, but thats when Holden Willis went to work with three straight layups and a free throw.
Bailey added another layup as the lead ballooned back to 29-18.
Back to back 3-pointers by Dillon Stakely added to the Sequoyah cause, and perfect trips to the free throw line by Wiggins and Gavin McKee allowed the Chiefs to crawl back into the game at 32-28 at the end of the third quarter.
A Trevor Stakely layup to start the fourth quarter cut the lead down to just two, but that’s as close as the Chiefs would get. Cullen sank two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to give the Cherokees a cushion, and layups by Dillon Stakely and Cade Self didn’t help pull the Chiefs ahead as their comeback bid fell just short.
Joe Grant and Dillon Stakely led the way for Sequoyah with 11 each. John-Douglas Wiggins and Gavin McKee added 9.