Claremore Sequoyah’s girls got even. The Inola boys didn’t even have to.
Megan Fuller shouldered the load from start to finish Tuesday night and carried the Sequoyah Lady Eagles past Inola, 36-27, in the first game of a high school basketball doubleheader at Olan Graham Fieldhouse on the Sequoyah campus.
Then, the Inola Longhorns spread their offense around pretty evenly and made it look easy as they whipped the Eagles, 79-56.
Sequoyah broke away from the Lady Longhorns during a stretch that overlapped the second and third quarters and extracted a measure of revenge for a 47-36 loss at Inola in December.
The lead wobbled back and forth five times in the first quarter, and Fuller knotted the score for the second time 3 1/2 minutes into the second.
From there until the six-minute mark of the third period, Fuller and Stevey Conger strung together 13 straight points to build a 24-13 lead.
Fuller tied it at 13, Conger contributed back-to-back baskets for five points, and Fuller closed the half with another two-pointer and a 20-13 lead.
They teamed up for the first two baskets of the third quarter and Inola could not recover.
Fuller, the 6-foot junior who has season averages in double digits for rebounds and points, finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Besides leading both teams in those categories, Fuller was the only player in the game to score in every quarter.
“Megan did a fantastic job, offensively and defensively,” Sequoyah coach Russell Morgan said.
Defensively, Fuller helped limit 6-2 Kelsey Sears to eight points and six rebounds.
That was a key to the Lady Eagles’ success. As was their defensive work.
Inola managed only nine of 33 field goals, and committed 15 turnovers.
“We didn’t really shoot the ball well tonight,” Morgan said, pointing to his numbers of 13 of 36 shots.
“But defensively, we were amazing.”
By quarters, Sequoyah limited Inola’s shooting figures to: 3 of 7; 1 of 7; 3 of 11; 2 of 8.
With Sears making all six of her free throws, Inola finished with eight of eight.
In December, the Lady Eagles were standing at 4-4. When they lost at Inola, they were in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
Tuesday night’s win was their third in a row and their 10th win in 11 games.
“We’re really peaking at the right time now,” Morgan said. “We’re playing our best basketball.”
The Longhorns put on a team clinic. Their scoring was balanced. Their rebounding was balanced. Their shooting was spectacular.
All five starters scored in double figures, and all five hit at least 50 percent from the field.
As a unit, Jared Cotton, Zach Elseman, Eric Feemster, Tyler Stone and Alex Weaver connected on 27 of 46 field-goal attempts — 59 percent. They ranged from Cotton’s 7 of 11 to Stone’s 4 of 8.
Weaver hit four of four from 3-point range, and Cotton was good on two of four.
And then there was the rebounding numbers. Stone collected nine, Feemster had eight and Elseman and Jackson Lahmeyer had five apiece. No one on Sequoyah’s team had more than five.
All five Longhorn starters scored in the first quarter and they moved in front by 17-9. With Cotton and Stone totaling six points each in the second period, the Longhorns put things on ice with a 20-9 run.
The lead hit 30 for the first time — 53-23 — when Feemster scored on a follow shot midway of the third period.
In their December meeting at Inola, the Longhorns posted a 76-47 decision.
For Sequoyah, Joe Dorsey led the way with 18 points, hitting four treys. David Golden added 15 points, all but two in the second half.
INOLA 79, SEQUOYAH 56
Inola 17 20 20 22 — 79
Sequoyah 9 9 15 23 — 56
Inola — Cotton 17, Alex Weaver 16, Elseman 13, Feemster 12, Stone 10, Combs 5, Hall 4, Wadkins 2.
Claremore Sequoyah — Dorsey 18, Golden 15, Cole 6, Perry 4, Smith 4, Wangsgard 4, Turman 3, Radley 2.
SEQUOYAH 36, INOLA 27
Inola 9 4 8 6 — 27
Sequoyah 8 12 8 8 — 36
Inola — Sears 8, M.Houck 8, Gins 6, Swanson 3, Davis 2, Sanders 0.
Claremore Sequoyah — Fuller 14, May 7, Conger 7, Morris 5, Weast 3, Goad 0, Harrison 0.