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Lady Chiefs get into 5-AA title round

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Published: 4:07 PM, 02/19/2013 Last updated: 4:22 PM, 02/19/2013
 

Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

ATHENS - The Sequoyah girls returned to their brand of basketball in resounding fashion against the same opponent who routed them by 30 a week ago.

With their 58-39 win over No. 2 seed Meigs on Friday in the District 5-AA tournament semifinals at McMinn County High School in Athens, the third-seeded Lady Chiefs earned a place in Tuesday's District 5-AA title game.

"We worked all week to basically just regroup, especially defensively, and we knew that defensively we were a better basketball team than what we did last Friday," said Sequoyah coach Eddie Gambrell, whose team will play top-seeded McMinn Central for the district title at 6 p.m. Tuesday at McMinn County High School.

Savanna Atchley scored the first six points for the Lady Chiefs, who staked out an 18-6 first-quarter lead before the Lady Tigers' leading scorer Emileigh Swafford's two quick treys brought her team to within six at the end of the first eight minutes.

But the Lady Chiefs punched right back in the second quarter, with Hunter Simpson's steal and assist to Jasee Weese sparking a 9-0 run.

Sequoyah finished the first half up 33-16 and kept attacking in transition all game. Swafford tried her best to keep the Lady Tigers in the game with her game-high 28 points, but 39-30 late in the third quarter was as close as Meigs ever got.

Simpson finished with six steals to go with her 16 points. Atchley also finished with 16, doing most of her damage in the first half. Kassidi Freeman shut down Meigs in the paint with five blocks.

SEQUOYAH 58, MEIGS 39

S    18    15    9    16    -    58
M    12    4    14    9    -    39

SEQUOYAH: Danielle Slack 6, Kassidi Freeman 6, Hunter Simpson 16, Savanna Atchley 16, Jasee Weese 10, Laura Whited 4
MEIGS: Taylor Boggess 9, Emileigh Swafford 28, Brandi Kilpatrick 2


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