Claremore Daily Progress

December 21, 2013

Verdigris sweeps Claremore Sequoyah

Special to the Progress

INOLA — The Verdigris Cardinals swept the Sequoyah Eagles Tuesday night in Will Rogers Conference play at Olan Graham Field House.

The Verdigris boys never trailed in a 96-56 victory while the Lady Cardinals won 55-32.

Both Verdigris teams, currently ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, improved to 5-1 overall. The Cardinals will return to action Friday night with home games against Berryhill.

The Lady Eagles and Eagles are now 2-3 and 1-4 overall, respectively. Sequoyah has its next games Friday at Skiatook.

Girls: Verdigris 55, Claremore Sequoyah 32

Courtney Risenhoover finished with a double-double, 18 points and 14 rebounds, to lead the charge for the Lady Cardinals.

Freshman Keara Battenfield and senior Baileigh O'Dell also reached double figures, scoring 14 and 10 points, respectively, for Verdigris.

Aubryana Matussak finished with 13 points to pace the Lady Eagles.

Verdigris was ahead 20-8 after the first quarter. The game was tied at 6-6 midway through the frame, but the Lady Cards took control with an 11-0 spurt.

Verdigris led 28-16 at the half and then stretched that advantage to 45-26 after three periods.

Boys: Verdigris 94, Claremore Sequoyah 56

The Cardinals had four double-figure scorers. Cade Upshaw led the way with 20 points, making five field goals from three point country in the process.

Tyler Monroe, Caleb Jones and Brewster Peacock finished with 18, 13, and 10 points, respectively for Verdigris. Blake Mills scored 20 points to pace the Eagles.

The Cardinals scored the first 23 points of the game and eventually were on top 27-9 after the first quarter.

Sequoyah did not get on the board until Mills converted a layup at the 2:10 mark of the first period.

Verdigris extended to a 55-13 halftime advantage. Sequoyah made just five field goals in the first half.

The Eagles shot much better in the second half but they were in too big of a hole.