SWEETWATER LADY CATS 46, SEQUOYAH LADY CHIEFS 35
Sweetwater went on the road and posted a big first half Friday night, holding on in the second half to take an 11-point win over rival Sequoyah, evening the season series at one game each. Sequoyah won earlier in the season at Sweetwater.
The two teams were tight through one quarter. A layup by Lauren Belcher got Sequoyah on the board first, but Madison Robinson responded with a layup and two free throws to put Sweetwater on top. A 3-pointer by Hanna Carroll flipped the lead again and a 3-point play by Grace Wiggins added to the advantage. Kassedy McCool answered with a 3-pointer and Mari Robbins added a layup to retake the lead, but a Wiggins layup with seconds to go gave Sequoyah the 10-9 lead after one quarter.
The second period was not nearly as balanced. Sweetwater’s defense stepped up and held the Lady Chiefs without a field goal in the entire stanza, allowing just one free throw. Meanwhile, the Sweetwater offense continued to attack. McCool drained a second 3-pointer, Shea Wheeler added a jumper, and Mikalee Martin scored seven points in a 12-0 run for Sweetwater. By halftime, the Lady Cat lead had grown to 25-11.
Abbey Borden opened the second half with a 3-pointer for Sequoyah to get the Lady Chiefs some much-needed points. Robinson answered with back-to-back layups before Mallorie Harrell scored her first field goal of the game on a jumper. Wiggins added a jumper and a 3-point play as the Lady Chiefs cut into the lead. Layups by Robinson and Mari Robbins helped the Lady Cats stay ahead, but four points from Harrell to end the quarter made the lead just 10 with one quarter to play.
Robinson picked up her fourth foul to start the fourth quarter, limiting her impact for Sweetwater on offense. Harrell also poured in three straight baskets to cut the lead down to 35-31. Fouls played a big role again, however, as a technical foul was the fifth and final foul on Wiggins, who went to the Sequoyah bench as the second-leading scorer. From there, Sweetwater earned five trips to the free throw line and converted on all but one free throw to maintain the lead. A McCool layup capped off the scoring and sealed the win for Sweetwater in a heated rivalry.
Robinson led Sweetwater with 14, Martin added 13, and McCool had 12. Harrell led Sequoyah with 17 and Wiggins added 10.
No. 5 SWEETWATER WILDCATS 65, SEQUOYAH CHIEFS 44
Sweetwater got off to a hot start on Friday night on the road and never looked back in cruising to a district win over rival Sequoyah. A layup by Bryce Johnson and 3-pointers from Dominique Oggs and Austin Long gave Sweetwater the 8-0 lead early, and that was a lead that the Wildcats would never relinquish.
Ethan Bledsoe got Sequoyah on the board moments later, but Sweetwater responded with an Oggs dunk to go up 10-2. Gavin McKee answered with a 3-pointer and Joe Grant added a layup, but that was all the scoring the Chiefs could muster in the first quarter. A free throw by Matthew Kile sparked a 9-0 run for Sweetwater that was paced by two layups and a dunk from Oggs. At the end of the first, the Wildcats led 21-7.
Dillon Stakely gave Sequoyah a spark in the second with back-to-back 3-pointers, but Sweetwater continued to score. Oggs and Kolbe Billingsley put in layups before a John-Douglas Wiggins dunk rocked the gym for Sequoyah. The showmanship didn’t matter, however, as Sweetwater continued to knock down shots. Jayce Upton hit a layup, a 3-pointer, and two free throws off the bench and Kile added two baskets to give Sweetwater a 36-20 halftime lead.
Long opened the second half with a 3-pointer for Sweetwater to extend the lead and four free throws and a Kile putback made it an 8-2 run for the Wildcats. Grant and Wiggins kept scoring for Sequoyah, but the effort just kept pace with Sweetwater, which scored behind Billingsley and Oggs to maintain the advantage. After three complete, the Wildcats held a commanding 52-30 lead.
Grant got a 3-point play to start the fourth quarter, and converted on two more trips to the free throw line, but Billingsley and Oggs continued to add layups for Sweetwater. Long added another 3-pointer and Johnson got a 3-point play as the Wildcats extended their advantage over the Chiefs. Sequoyah got the final say of the game with a 3-pointer from Grant and a layup from Trevor Stakely, but it didn’t stop Sweetwater from coasting to a big rivalry win.