SEQUOYAH — Friday night was homecoming for the Sequoyah Eagles, and senior forward Halle Tathum took home the crown.
Because she was a nominee for the homecoming ceremony, the boys team had the honors of playing their game first.
The boys squad dominated its match against the Chouteau Wildcats with Drake Olari and Dakota Page leading the charge, scoring a combined 26 points.
Their method of full-court press on defense overwhelmed Chouteau’s offense, creating multiple turnovers throughout the game on the way to a huge 83-41 win.
The Lady Eagles were fighting from behind the entire game and didn’t have the lead at any point, but they kept the game close.
Poor ball movement and defense were the two biggest culprits for the Lady Eagles' struggles, though Tathum and Sidney Roland accounted for a combined 22 points in their 40-32 loss to the Lady Wildcats.
Both the girls and boys Eagles squads will play again on Tuesday at Adair with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
BOYS | SEQUOYAH 83, CHOUTEAU 41: When both teams got set for tipoff, it was easy to see that the players on Chouteau’s team were vastly undersized compared to the Eagles.
This only meant that Eagles center Page was going to have a great game, and that is exactly what happened.
He scored 10 points and racked up 9 rebounds while shutting down the paint, not allowing the Wildcats to drive to the basket as long as he was in the game.
Olari also had himself a game, scoring 16 points and recording 7 rebounds.
Sequoyah’s backcourt trio of Drake Olari, Braxton Bulman and Blake Bedsworth were outstanding defensively.
They used the full-court press method the entire game and stole the ball several times and also passed for six assists combined.
Bench scoring was very prominent for the Eagles as well, with the reserves hitting a combined 11 3-pointers.
GIRLS | CHOUTEAU 40, SEQUOYAH 32: With Tathum winning homecoming, it was almost certain that the Lady Eagles would leave with a victory.
However, that was not so, as Sequoyah had a difficult time defending Chouteau’s dynamic duo of Ashlee Pierce and Loribeth Miller.
The two scored almost all the Lady Wildcats’ points, combining for a total of 34 points.
Tathum and Roland tried to carry their team to the finish line with their shooting abilities, combining for 22 points, but it wasn’t enough.
The Lady Eagles’ ball movement on offense was questionable at times.
Sequoyah’s backcourt would stall at the perimeter and could not pass to the inside for many parts of the game.
The Lady Eagles tried making a late run in the fourth quarter, but Chouteau’s offense prevented that from happening.