CHELSEA — Sequoyah boys basketball coach Larry Grigg had a specific mission for the team on Monday night.
He wanted his players to be aggressive on the boards, and they responded to those instructions in emphatic fashion.
The Eagles left Dale Wilson Memorial Gymnasium with a 46-36 victory, outrebounding Chelsea 42-22 overall with a 19-2 advantage on the offensive boards.
Drake Olari, a senior, led Sequoyah with 11 rebounds—including 7 offensive—but Grigg was especially satisfied with Dakota Page.
The 6-foot-5 senior tallied his best game of the season, finishing with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
“Sometimes when we get him the ball, he gets in too big a hurry,” Grigg said. “Tonight, I think he slowed down and met some nice offensive needs. And he got some rebounds and stuck them back in.”
Only five games remain before the playoffs, but Page seems to be peaking at the right time, which could prove troublesome for the Eagles’ opponents.
Even he said he believes he has more to offer.
“I’d say this is my top game because I scored more points,” Page said. “I’m not sure about the exact stats, but I feel like I played better overall this game. I rebounded and went after the ball and played really, really hard.
“I feel like I’m not at my full potential right now. I’m a little out of shape, but I’m going to work on that and keep improving.”
Wyatt Jacobs, a senior, experienced success on the boards as well, grabbing 7 rebounds.
Fellow senior Zach Perry contributed in a big way in both areas of the stat sheet, draining six 3-pointers in an 18-point, 8-rebound performance.
He scored 12 of his points in the second period and helped Sequoyah (10-7) cap a late 10-3 run to build a 27-20 lead going into halftime.
Perry has now hit 18 3-pointers through the last three games, knocking down six in each.
At one point, Page and Perry combined for 25-straight points, including all 18 of the Eagles’ second-quarter points.
“At Kansas, he had six 3s and 22 points,” Grigg said. “Tonight, he started regressing, and I basically chewed his butt out and said, ‘Shoot the ball.’ He probably got 15 3s and hit six, but I’ll take that (40 percent).”
Logan Quigley, Will Hampton and Tyler Evans co-led Chelsea (4-11) with 8 points apiece. Jayden Griffith (6 points) led the team on the boards with 7 rebounds, and Quigley was close behind with 6 boards.
GIRLS | CHELSEA 39, SEQUOYAH 26: After freshman Hailey McClure hit a 3-pointer to give Sequoyah a seven-point lead only moments into the second half, it appeared the game had slipped away from Chelsea.
McClure’s shot came as part of a 13-1 Sequoyah run, evaporating an early five-point deficit (13-8).
However, it also served as the Lady Eagles’ final field goal of the game.
The Lady Dragons held Sequoyah to only 8 points in the second half, outscoring it 25-5 the rest of the way for a 39-26 win.
Two of the Lady Eagles’ leading scorers this season, Sidney Roland and Abby Pennington, were held to 3 points combined. Kennedy Cloud led Sequoyah (4-13) with 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Kyra Crenshaw tallied 6 points and 4 rebounds.
“We play good defense every night; we just struggle scoring sometimes,” Chelsea coach Jamie Quigley said. “To hold a team to one field goal (in the second half), you’re never going to hear a coach complain about that. That’s a great night right there.
“Most of the time, we try to take out their best players. We face guarded No. 10 (Sidney Roland), their best shooter. We wanted to get her rattled and make them have a hard time scoring.”
Hope Plummer, a 5-11 junior, led the way for the Lady Dragons (8-9), scoring 13 of her 20 points in the second half—including 10 in the third quarter. Her other 7 points came in the first period.
She also led all rebounders with 7 boards.
“My teammates encouraged me all through the game,” Plummer said. “The guards did a great job of moving the ball and finding me in a good spot.”
Katlyn Thurman was Chelsea’s next leading scorer with 9 points and 4 rebounds.
“We’ve been preaching that all year: take what the defense gives you,” Jamie Quigley said. “We tried to wear them out, and we did that tonight.”
Sequoyah returns to the court against Chouteau on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. for a pair of Homecoming matchups.
Chelsea traveled to Oklahoma Union for a doubleheader on Tuesday night.