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December 1, 2012

‘Twice As Nice’

Verdigris sweeps Claremore Sequoyah

VERDIGRIS — The Verdigris Cardinals opened the home portion of their basketball schedule with a sweep against the Claremore Sequoyah Eagles Friday night at the Jack Collins Field House.

The Verdigris boys won a 61-59 nailbiter while the Lady Cardinals posted a 58-31 victory. Both Verdigris teams are now 3-0 on the season. The Sequoyah boys are 1-2 and the Lady Eagles are 0-3.

Both schools will be participating in tournaments this week. Verdigris will be at Inola while Sequoyah travels to Adair.

BOYS

VERDIGRIS 61, SEQUOYAH 59

Chase Bryant finished with a team high 19 points for the Cardinals. Brad Combs and Cade Upshaw added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

 Alex McGoffin scored a game high 27 points for the Eagles. Blake Mills finished with 20 points.

Verdigris built a double digit halftime lead but Sequoyah battled back and had a chance to win at the end.

The Eagles cut their deficit to 60-59 with 16.9 seconds remaining after a steal and layup from Mills. Tyler Monroe then it 1-of-2 free throw shots with 7.5 seconds left. Sequoyah got the ball to Daniel Devore on the final possession. Leonard Brockup came up big though, as he blocked Devore's three point attempt as time expired.

The Cardinals built a 39-27 halftime lead. The Eagles fought back, however, and closed within 47-45 after three periods.

Mills left after he picked up his fourth foul at 3:06 mark of the third quarter with Verdigris ahead 43-39. He returned and hit a pair of technical free throws tries that cut Sequoyah's deficit to 52-49 with 5:59 to play.

The Eagles got within one point on several ocassions in the final stanza but could never quite get over the hump.

The Cardinals were ahead 19-10 after the first period thanks in large part to making 4-of-6 from three point country.

Bryant had 13 points in the second quarter to push Verdigris to its halftime advantage. Mills had 10 points in the second period to try and keep Sequoyah close.

GIRLS

VERDIGRIS 58, SEQUOYAH 31

The Lady Cardinals used a balanced scoring attack in cruising past the Lady Eagles.

Verdigris had four players in double figures. Stacia Payne scored a game-high 12 points. Courtney Risenhoover finished with 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Savannah Mathews scored nine points and had a game-high nine rebounds for Sequoyah.

The Cardinals were ahead 16-2 after the first period and 30-8 at halftime.

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