SEQUOYAH – Three-point shots can be either a blessing or a curse. Sometimes both. Sequoyah found it to be true against Fort Gibson Tuesday night at Olan Graham Field House.
The Eagles made 15 of 35 attempts from beyond the shooting arc, but it still wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers from taking a 64-53 victory in Class 4A basketball.
Sequoyah took only five two-point shots, making two, and was outrebounded 37-19 in dropping to 6-12 for the season. When the Eagles were hot from long range, they contended. When they went cold, Fort Gibson took advantage, building a dominating 43-27 lead late in the third period.
Coach Larry Grigg saw his team open the second quarter by making four consecutive treys and grabbing a 21-16 advantage at the 5:23 mark. Then the Tigers said no more, pressuring Sequoyah out front and using a trapping defense to frustrate the home team shooters.
The Eagles gave up 14 points in a row and did not score again in the first half. They missed 10 straight three-point tries and trailed 30-21 at intermission.
A pair of three balls pulled Sequoyah to within 32-27 two minutes into the second half before Fort Gibson again clamped down defensively and reeled off 11 straight points. The Eagles’ deficit remained in double digits until Drake Olari’s trey cut it 56-47 with 2:34 left. It proved to be too late for a rally.
Connor Calavan, a 6-3 junior, poured in 26 points for Fort Gibson, making half of the team’s 10 three-pointers that required 25 attempts. Blake Bedsworth and Zach Perry each scored 12 points for the Eagles.
FORT GIBSON 65, SEQUOYAH 29
(girls): One and done. Sequoyah could not locate an offensive rebound and it proved disastrous in a loss to the No. 4 Fort Gibson Lady Tigers. The massive visitors, led by 6-2 tank girl Danielle Johnson, outrebounded the Lady Eagles 46-26 and cruised to their 17th victory in 18 games.
— Johnson scored 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting and gathered nine rebounds in mugging Sequoyah inside. Freshmen Kyra Crenshaw and Sidney Roland each scored nine point to pace the Eagles.
— After falling behind 11-0 early, coach Richie Burks watched as his home team ran off eight consecutive points to trail 11-8 after the first period. Down 17-10 Sequoyah saw the Tigers go on a 10-0 spree and lead 27-12 at halftime.
— Fort Gibson shot 50 percent from three-point range in the second half as the Eagles never got closer than 14 points.