ALCOA LADY TORNADOES 58, SEQUOYAH LADY CHIEFS 40
The Lady Chiefs won the tip but couldn’t capitalize on their first possession and a wide open look inside for the Tornadoes gave them the first points of the game. Alcoa added five points to the board with a 3-pointer, and a basket inside.
Abbey Borden put the first points on the board for Sequoyah after Grace Wiggins tapped an offensive rebound out to Mallorie Harrell. The Lady Chiefs made a push late in the first quarter to cut the lead to three, but Alcoa responded with a 7-0 run to give them an 18-8 lead with one minute remaining in the first. The Lady Chiefs scored just before the buzzer, to cut the lead to eight after one quarter of play. Alcoa went on a 12-6 scoring run in the remaining five minutes of the first half to take a 30-16 lead going into halftime.
The Lady Chiefs opened the second half with a trey, which was quickly followed by an Alcoa trey in response. The Lady Chiefs found some scoring opportunities and capitalized, putting up 6 points to cut the Alcoa lead to eight again as they trailed 25-33. The Lady Tornadoes ended the run with a free throw and back to back 3-pointers.
Wiggins fought off a defender in the paint to score for the Lady Chiefs, and found Borden on the next trip down the floor for a layup. An Alcoa trey at the buzzer had the Lady Tornadoes out front 50-29 after three quarters of play.
Harrell opened the fourth quarter going 2-2 from the free throw line. Alcoa answered with an inside look for an easy basket. Harrell would later knock down a shot inside, and one from 3-point range. Carroll added 2 points, as did Borden. However, the Lady Tornadoes seemed to always have an answer as they went on to win 58-40.
The Lady Tornadoes knocked down 9 treys in the matchup, while the Lady Chiefs knocked down 5.
Harrell led the Lady Chiefs in scoring with 12, followed by Carroll with 10.
ALCOA TORNADOES 81, SEQUOYAH CHIEFS 58
Seventeen 3-pointers pushed Alcoa to a 81-58 win over Sequoyah on Monday night.
The Chiefs won the tip-off but it was a scoreless two minutes to start the game on both ends. The Tornadoes finally put the first points on the board at the six-minute mark to take a 2-0 lead, followed by an open trey. Sequoyah was finding the open looks but just could not knock them down. The Tornadoes jumped out to a 10-0 lead with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter. Joe Grant put an end to the shutout with an open 3-pointer. However, Alcoa knocked down a pair of treys and a a shot inside to take an 18-5 lead with two minutes remaining in the first. A turn around jumper from John-Douglas Wiggins and a trey from Grant would keep the Chiefs in the game, but Alcoa continued to knock down nearly everything they put up.
Alcoa opened the second quarter with another 3-pointer. A pass inside to Ethan Bledsoe from Cade Fritts aided a Chiefs offensive push. Grant, Gavin McKee, Bledsoe, and Dillon Stakely all put points on the board for the Chiefs in the second quarter, but strong shooting from Alcoa kept the Tornadoes out front. At the half, it was Alcoa leading, 46-27.
Both teams scored early in the second half. Sequoyah again made a run to cut into the lead with help from the Stakely brothers, Wiggins, and Grant. Alcoa’s 3-point shootout helped them keep the pace. The score after three quarters was 64-44. Grant scored the first six points of the fourth quarter for the Chiefs with a few Tornadoes baskets in between. Wiggins found himself at the free throw line quite often, going 7-9. The Chiefs never quit, despite the Tornadoes being in control from start to finish. In the end, however, it was offensive boards and 47 percent shooting for the Tornadoes that led to an 81-58 win.
Wiggins finished with 23 points for the Chiefs, while Grant followed with 20. Wiggins also reeled in 10 rebounds, five offensive and five defensive, giving him a double-double.