It was a back and forth battle to start the girls’ rivalry matchup. Chloe Yearwood opened with a 3-pointer for Tellico, but Sequoyah’s Lauren Belcher had an answer with a 3-pointer of her own. Samantha Russell and Yearwood scored the next two baskets for Tellico, but Carroll knocked down behind the arc to keep it interesting. A triple from Russell for Tellico, and a triple from Belcher on the other end had the Lady Chiefs trailing by just 1 with four minutes remaining in the first.

However, Tellico would then go on a 13-0 run to finish out the first quarter, giving them a 23-9 advantage.

Four minutes passed before the first score of the second quarter, it was a triple from Tellico’s Jaden Hollinghead. Mallorie Harrell answered with a triple on the other end. The Lady Chiefs and Lady Bears traded the next few baskets, but the quick hands of the Lady Bear defense soon became too much for the Lady Chief offense.

At the half, the Lady Bears were in control of a 35-14 lead. Tellico got the ball moving and crashed the boards often to start the second half. Russell, Yearwood, Kori Hamilton and Joell Stinnett added points to the Lady Bears’ end of the scoreboard, while Abbey Borden and Harrell added points for the Lady Chiefs.

The Lady Chiefs never quit, despite the Lady Bears being in control of the game. Yearwood has the highlight of the third quarter as she put one in just before the buzzer.

The younger girls on both teams saw some quality playing time in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bears went on to win 69-34.

Tellico’s Hamilton and Yearwood led all scoring with 15 each, while Russell finished with 14.

For Sequoyah, Belcher, Harrell, and Macy Miner each had 6 points.


The first points of the men’s matchup came inside 6 minutes. It was a basket by Joe Grant after an offensive board. Piper Carter answered with 2 on the other end. After a missed opportunity for the Chiefs, Kobe Walker added 2 points to the Bears’ end of the scoreboard. A Sequoyah trey was answered with a 3-point play by Dale Rinehart of Tellico, but Gavin McKee knocked one down from behind the arc to answer right back.

After Trevor Stakely went 1-2 from the free throw line, Cade Fritts added 4 points for the Chiefs while McKee added 2 more and they took an 18-7 lead with under a minute remaining in the first quarter. A buzzer beating 3-pointer for Sequoyah gave them the 21-7 edge going into the second quarter.

Piper Carter scored on back to back trips for the Bears, but a Sequoyah 3-pointer in between helped Sequoyah maintain a 10 point lead with a score of 24-11.

A Fritts high flying offensive board and putback, and back to back treys by Dillon Stakely gave Sequoyah the momentum, but Evan Harris snuck in 2 for the Bears, while Rinehart also hit back to back treys. Cade Self scored inside with an assist from Dillon Stakely, and Seth Moser was fouled on a breakaway, going 1-2 from the line. With two minutes remaining in the half, the score was 35-19, the Chiefs out front. Grant added two more before the half to make it 37-19 at the half.

It was a quick score by John-Douglas Wiggins to start the second half, but Tellico answered with an inside look to Rinehart from Carter on an inbound play.

The next three baskets would be treys, as Tellico knocked down two, and Sequoyah knocked down a three of their own. Both teams would exchange treys, and the occasional baskets the next several trips down the floor.

Offensive boards for Tellico led to a Sequoyah foul but the single bonus free throw was no good.

Fritts knocked down another 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. Trevor Stakely later found Self on a backdoor cut for 2. Moments later, Trevor Stakely found Cade again, this time Fritts inside for 2 to give the Chiefs a 55-35 advantage.

Neither team gave up. Sequoyah continued to knock down shots, draw fouls, and score from behind the arc. Offensive boards led to a Grant 3-point play. On the other end, Piper Carter found Rinehart for 2. Dillon Stakely responded with a triple. Wiggins added 2 for the Chiefs, followed by 2 from Grant. Piper Carter knocked down a triple, and raced down the floor in an attempt to stop the Chiefs’ fastbreak. The final score came on Sequoyah’s end of the floor, by Wiggins. Major Carter was fouled on an offensive putback on the other end, but was unable to convert from the strike. The final score, 68-40, Chiefs steal the win from the Bears in Tellico.

Sequoyah’s Grant led all scoring with 24, while Fritts of Sequoyah and Piper Carter of Tellico followed behind with 14. Rinehart added 13 for the Bears.

Twelve of Grant’s 24 points came from behind the arc. Fritts and Dillon Stakely each knocked down three triples, while McKee added two triples. Rinehart of Tellico also knocked down three treys, while Piper Carter and Kobe Walker added two 3-pointers each.

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