Claremore Sequoyah was on the brink of knocking off 13th-ranked Inola, then ran out of magic in the final minute of a 59-52 Will Rogers Conference loss Friday night at Olan Graham Field House.
Darrek Devore drilled a three-point shot to bring the Eagles within 53-52 with 1:20 remaining, but the home team could not score again. George Longhorn missed a pair of treys for Sequoyah in the final minute and Inola converted 6-of-8 from the foul line to clinch the victory.
The major difference in the outcome was the Longhorns’ rugged rebounding performance. Casey Gill collected 10 boards in pacing a 38-23 recovery advantage. The Horns built an early 21-10 lead with several put back shots and kept the Eagles away from the basket.
Sequoyah shot nearly 50 percent from the field, but Inola made 13 more free throws in 16 more attempts than the Eagles. Senior Travis Hall led Inola (13-5) with 20 points, including 8-of-10 free throws, while Garrett Glass got 12 points and Taylor Mootry 10. Longhorn managed 10 points and 10 boards in topping Sequoyah.
The Eagles (3-15) trailed just 25-21 midway in the second quarter and 30-23 at intermission. The Longhorns appeared ready to set sail with a 37-27 bulge midway in the third. Sequoyah finally found warmth from beyond the arc and decided to rally.
Devore’s three-ball with 5:47 left to play gave the Eagles a 45-43 lead and the fight to the finish was on. Longhorn’s layup following a pass from Blake Mills kept Sequoyah ahead 47-45, but Hall‘s put back again knotted the game.
Hall cashed two foul shots with 3:18 left and Inola grabbed the lead for keeps at 49-47. The Longhorns meshed 11-of-14 free throws in the final period to make sure of victory.
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Girls: Inola 41, Sequoyah 26
Just when it seemed as though Claremore Sequoyah could be on the verge of pulling an upset, the Lady Eagles went almost nine minutes without a point and succumbed to 20th-ranked Inola 41-26 Friday night at Olan Graham Field House.
The Will Rogers Conference game saw Sequoyah force a 21-21 tie on Lynsey Moniz's follow shot with over three minutes left in the third period. Suddenly, the home team forgot how to score and allowed the Lady Longhorns to reel off 17 consecutive points to take command.
Sequoyah (9-10) did not score again until Aubryana Matussak's bucket with 2:17 remaining in the game and by then it was far too late for one more rally.
Moniz led Eagle scoring with nine points while 5-foot-11 junior Savannah Mathews vacuumed 11 rebounds. Kristen Mootry pitched in 13 points and Lexi Williams 12 for Inola (12-6).
Neither team appeared sharp in the first half and the Longhorns required twice as many shots as Sequoyah in securing a 16-12 lead. Mootry's three-point hoop gave Inola a 19-12 advantage 12 seconds into the second half before the Eagles ripped off seven points for their first tie.
Williams gunned one from the lane in giving Inola a 21-19 edge, then the follow by Moniz produced one last deadlock. Mootry scored again for the Horns to make it 23-21 and the streak didn't end until Mootry's shot gave Inola a 38-21 cushion with 2:34 to go.