The Sequoyah Lady Chiefs and Chiefs got back to district play on Tuesday night making the trek along Highway 411 to Benton to take on the Polk County Wildcats. This district rivalry always seems to provide excitement and controversy and Tuesday night was no exception. The Lady Chiefs rebounded from a loss at Tellico with a sound and solid win over the Wildkittens in which they may have played their most complete game of the season. The Chiefs, however, had everyone sitting on the edge of their bleacher while going into overtime to unfortunately come out on the short side of a terribly exciting contest with the Wildcats.
SEQUOYAH LADY CHIEFS 47,
POLK COUNTY WILDKITTENS 32
The Lady Chiefs had 15 steals and held the Wildkittens to 28 percent shooting to cruise to a 47-32 win. Sequoyah only shot 37% themselves but played as good a team basketball as they’ve played all season to control the play of the game the whole way.
Macy Miner provided a huge spark off the Lady Chief bench with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and only one turnover filling in for big sister Madison, who was dealing with foul trouble the entire game.
Mallorie Harrell led the team in scoring with 14 points and tied with fellow senior, Lauren Belcher, in rebounding for the game with 7. Hannah Carroll was the only other Lady Chief in double figures in scoring with 11 points. Belcher played a solid point guard game with eight assists and only one turnover.
Lady Chief stats: Harrell- 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists; Carroll- 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Abbey Borden- 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Macy Miner- 6 points, 3 rebounds; Grace Wiggins- 4 points; Madison Miner- 3 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists; Belcher- 1 point, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, Jessee Weese played but did not score.
POLK COUNTY WILDCATS 76,
SEQUOYAH CHIEFS 75
The Chiefs and Wildcats played about as even a game as there could have been played. The lead changed several times the entire game and each team had chances to win in regulation but needed overtime to settle the contest. In the end, a controversial foul call with 3.8 seconds left in OT put Polk on the foul line and two free throws later they escaped with a 76-75 win.
Leading 75-74, Gavin McKee looked appeared to make a solid defensive play causing a held ball but instead the officials chose to call a foul to the displeasure of the Sequoyah faithful.
The game boiled down to missed opportunities for the Chiefs as they only made 2 of 7 free throws and missed some timely lay ups near the end of the game and at the start of overtime.
Joe Grant was the hot hand for the Chiefs netting 31 points, 21 of which were made from seven makes from behind the 3-point arc. McKee also provided some hot shooting from long range by making five 3’s and scoring 16 points. John Douglas Wiggins was the only other Chief in double figure scoring but led the team with 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Chiefs stats: Grant- 31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists; McKee- 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist; Wiggins- 13 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists; Cade Fritts- 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists; Cade Self- 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists; Dillon Stakely- 3 points, 1 rebound; Trevor Stakely- 1 point, 7 rebounds, 4 assists; Ethan Bledsoe- 1 rebound, 1 assist.
The Lady Chiefs and Chiefs are at home in the Chop House Friday as they host district rival McMinn Central. Varsity starts at 6 p.m.