INOLA — It was a tale of two games on Friday night.
Both the Sequoyah Eagles and the Inola Longhorns received a win on Friday night, with the Lady Longhorns getting the first victory and the Eagle boys getting the second victory.
The girls matchup was an absolute nail-biter, with Inola prevailing in a 39-38 win that went down to the wire.
The Eagles would later responded by cruising to an eight-point win, 39-31.
Inola 39, Sequoyah 38 (G)
When the game tipped off, it was easy to see that the Lady Longhorns were the much taller and more experienced team, with Inola’s starting lineup consisting of four players who were either juniors or seniors.
The game was tight throughout, and it took some late-game heroics from the seniors of Inola to take the victory.
Although undersized, the Lady Eagles were able to lead for most of the game with their impressive speed on fastbreaks and lights-out shooting, including five 3-pointers from sophomore guard Sidney Roland.
With under a minute to play in the game, Inola was down by three points with Kelsie Roberts dribbling down the court.
As soon as she reached the 3-point line, she shook a defender to the ground and hit a 3-pointer to tie the game.
The Lady Longhorns got the ball back soon after, and Marley Jo Eaves notched a three-point play to make it a three-point advantage.
Sequoyah would fail to answer, and Inola was holding the ball to milk the clock until Lady Eagles guard Kennedy Cloud stole the ball and returned it for a layup to get within one point.
However, there was not enough time on the clock for Sequoyah to have one more good shot to win it.
Seniors Roberts and Jo Eaves led their team to a victory with Eaves being the motor for the Lady Longhorns’ defense, recording multiple blocks and rebounds.
Roberts was Inola’s leading scorer in the game with 18 points, including the game-tying three in the final minute of the game.
Sequoyah 39, Inola 31 (B)
The Longhorns got off to a hot start with a 7-1 run midway in the first quarter, but Sequoyah converted some big shots to tie the game at 7 by the end of the first.
The second quarter is where the Eagles pulled away, though, and would go on to hold on to the lead for a majority of the game.
Inola’s offense was having problems all night with poor shooting and subpar ball movement.
The Longhorns' leading scorer was junior guard Hank Parsons who had only eight points.
Sequoyah’s ability to shoot the ball and guard the paint was the deciding factor on the outcome of the game.
The backcourt duo of Blake Bedsworth and Braxton Bulman had a great game offensively for the Eagles, accounting for 17 points combined and five 3-pointers.
Sequoyah center Dakota Page guarded the paint nicely which led to Inola sticking to the perimeter for most of the game.
The Longhorns were unable to put together a comeback in the second half and received their first loss of the season in the home opener.