SEQUOYAH – Senior Tori Wood placed the Sequoyah Lady Eagles’ offense squarely on her back and carried the home team to a 63-52 victory over Catoosa Monday night at Olan Graham Field House.
Wood scored 25 points, including 22 in the second half, as the Eagles overcame 24 turnovers and 16-of-34 foul shooting behind a 54 per cent effort from the floor. Freshman Kyra Crenshaw added 13 points.
Both teams entered the game with 2-7 records, but Sequoyah sliced a three-game losing streak, ignited by a dominating opening period. The Eagles reeled off nine consecutive points to build a 17-3 lead and used pressing defense in forcing nine turnovers.
Ahead 19-8 heading the second quarter, the Eagles saw the Lady Indians rally. Catoosa started solving the SHS defense by getting the ball inside. Emma Ray received a pass from Lunden Hecht for a layup that brought the Indians within 28-22 and they trailed 31-28 at intermission.
Wood went to work in the third period, managing 14 of her team’s 15 points. Even so, Catoosa grabbed its first lead of the game at 35-34 on Ray’s free throw and still led 41-40 late in the period. Wood and the Eagles seemed to step on the gas at that point. Wood drained a trey, giving Sequoyah a 43-41 edge and SHS never trailed again. Wood canned another three-ball, sending her in front 46-42 heading into the final frame. The Eagles converted just 4-of-17 free throws in the fourth, but it was enough.
Hecht topped Catoosa scoring with 17 points while Kathryse Parrish got10 points and Autumn Miller 10 rebounds.
CATOOSA 47, SEQUOYAH 30: Catoosa put the clamps down on the Eagles’ three-point shooting in the second half, powering the Indians to their seventh victory in 10 games.
Sequoyah maintained control early and used back-to-back triples to lead 13-10, finally mounting a 19-13 spread in period two. The Indians used two free throws by Dalton Robertson to go up 23-22 midway in the third and the Eagles took their last lead 24-23 on Page’s inside hook over J Coons.
Gavin Phillips dropped a layup to give Catoosa a 25-24 margin with 2:22 left in the third period and the Indians were ahead for good. Sequoyah’s deficit reached 37-26 with 4:34 to go and the game was decided.
SHS made 5-of-12 treys in the first half, but 1-of-12 in the second. Catoosa made 1-of-15 three=pointers and committed just six turnovers, but only one in the deciding second half. The Eagles failed to make a free throw in the game with the Indians going 12-of-12 in the fourth quarter
Phillips finished with 18 points for Catoosa, Robertson contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds and Coons grabbed 11 boards. Eaton’s 10 points paced the Eagles.