Earning a home quarterfinal game from their amazing run in the district tournament, the Sequoyah Chiefs hosted Howard on Saturday night to open the region quarterfinals. The Hustlin’ Tigers arrived with a hot shooting hand and brought the Chiefs’ run to an unfortunate end with a 63-36 win.
The Hustlin’ Tigers shot 54 percent from the floor and 44 percent from the 3-point line in the contest. The Chiefs struggled from the floor at 29 percent and only made 4 of 26 (15 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. That makes for a tough night when the other team was shooting lights out.
The first quarter was really exciting end-to-end action with each team trading the lead but neither were able to pull away and ended up in a 10-10 knot when the quarter ended.
The second quarter, however, the Chiefs seemed to find a lid on the rim and just couldn’t muster but five points. Howard took advantage and scored 20 to take a 15-point halftime lead at 30-15. John Douglas Wiggins had nine points at half to pace the Chiefs.
Wiggins added six more in the third quarter but Gavin McKee netted the only other score for the Chiefs and the Hustlin’ Tigers just started piling on outscoring the Chiefs by 10 and taking a very commanding 25-point lead into the final quarter.
Hank Harrill came off the bench and provided a bit of a punch for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter. The Sequoyah senior made a pair of 3-pointers and scored nine in the frame but the Chiefs could only keep pace with Howard the rest of the way.
Chief Scoring: Wiggins- 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Harrill- 9 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; McKee- 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals; Joe Grant- 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals; Seth Moser- 2 points, 1 steal; Trevor Stakely- 1 point, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal;