SEQUOYAH LADY CHIEFS 56, LOUDON LADY REDSKINS 24
Sequoyah controlled the pace early on and never looked back in downing the Redskins on Friday night on the road.
Abbey Borden opened with a layup and though a 3-point play by Amy Harrison briefly put Loudon on top, it would prove to be their only lead. Mallorie Harrell banished the Loudon lead with a 3-pointer and Borden and Grace Wiggins added to the lead. A Lauren Belcher trey as time expired gave Sequoyah a 12-6 lead through one quarter.
Harrison opened the second quarter with a layup, but Harrell answered back and Wiggins added a jumper to maintain the lead. Harrell then went on a tear with two layups and a trey and Julianne Brackett added a free throw to grow the lead to 24-12 at halftime.
Loudon made a run to start the third with a 3-pointer from Summer Parnell and a layup by Grace Oody. Another layup by Carrie Pittman and a second trey by Parnell pulled the Lady Redskins within 5. From there, Sequoyah mounted a 10-0 run behind Harrell and a Belcher 3-pointer to take a 37-22 lead after three.
The Sequoyah run carried over into the fourth quarter. Harrell made back to back treys and Borden made back to back jumpers to put the game away. The Lady Chiefs only gave up two points in the final stanza- on a Harrison layup- and Olivia Underwood put the exclamation mark on the win with a 3-pointer late to set the final margin.
Harrell was the only player in double figures for either side with 23.
NO. 4 LOUDON REDSKINS 76, SEQUOYAH CHIEFS 41
The Chiefs got off to a hot start against one of the state’s best teams on Friday night but lost their composure as Loudon poured on steam and ended up falling in the district contest.
Joe Grant, Gavin McKee and Cade Self each drilled a 3-pointer to open the game and another Grant trey moments later after a Mason Small layup helped Sequoyah to gain the early advantage. After a John Douglas Wiggins dunk, the Chiefs led 16-6. From there, JD Thaxton took over for Loudon, sinking a layup and back-to-back treys. A Small layup at the buzzer tied the game at 16 headed to the second quarter.
Thaxton and Small proved to be a two-man wrecking ball for Loudon in the second quarter. The pair combined for 15 points in the second stanza as Sequoyah struggled to score. The Chiefs did get two 3-pointers from Dillon Stakely and layups from Self and Wiggins to stay close, but the Redskins held the lead 33-26 at halftime.
The Redskins only built onto the lead to start the second half with a 13-2 run. Donovan Blankenship got it started with back-to-back layups and Small repeated the feat moments later. Another layup by Blankenship keyed another run by Loudon which featured a layup by Jamison Harig and three straight buckets by Small to go up 56-31 after three.
In the fourth, it was Hayden Ferguson that did the damage for Loudon. Sequoyah did score on a Dillon Stakely 3-pointer and a 3-point play by Grant, but three layups and a 3-pointer from Ferguson was enough to doom the Chiefs’ comeback hopes.
Joe Grant led Sequoyah with 13 while Dillon Stakely added 11.