Sequoyah-Tahlequah hit 10 of its first 16 field goals and held Jones at bay in the fourth quarter of a 56-46 win over the Lady Longhorns Friday night in the semifinals of the 43rd Annual Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.
The semifinal showdown featured a battle of two of the top teams in Class 3A in the top-ranked Lady Indians (8-1) and No. 4 Jones (5-1).
Sequoyah-Tahlequah led 20-12 after the hot start, but Jones got a 3-pointer from sharpshooter Bailey Ely and a fast-break basket by Caley Young in the first 90 seconds of the second quarter to get the Lady Longhorns within 20-17.
The Lady Indians finished the second period on a 10-5 run and led 30-22 at halftime.
Young scored nine of her 11 points in a big 14-11 third-quarter spurt by the Lady Longhorns and her old-fashioned three-point play at the 1:18 mark gave her team a 36-35 advantage. She registered a double-double with 11 rebounds.
The Lady Indians responded with an 8-0 run — including a three-point play and a putback by Bailey Davis — that put Sequoyah-Tahlequah back on top 43-36 with 6:11 left in the fourth quarter.
Jones got within six on a putback and three-point pay by Tirzah Moore with 2:21 left that made it 48-42, but the Lady Longhorns couldn’t get closer.
Small Goudeau scored 13 points and had six steals and four rebounds for Sequoyah Tahlequah. Jordan Gann hit 6-of-7 field goal and also finished with 13 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds for the winner. Lexy Keys chipped in eight points.
Bailey Ely hit four 3-pointers and helped Jones stay close with 14 points. Tirzah Moore also hit double digits with 11 points and had five blocked shots.
Sequoyah-Tahlequah will play for the Mid-America championship at 8 p.m. Saturday, while Jones slides into the 6:30 p.m. third-place contest.
Canute held Kingston to 21 percent shooting in the first and waltzed to a 47-32 victory over the Lady Redskins in consolation play Friday at the 43rd Annual Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic, sponsored by Vision Bank.
The Trojanettes, No. 2 in Class A, improved to 12-2 on the season, while Kingston — No. 13 in Class 3A — slipped to 2-5.
Kingston, which trailed 28-17 at the break, made just 3-of-15 shots in the first quarter and went 3-of-13 in the second period for a combined 6-of-28 (21.4) by halftime.
Canute outscored Kingston 10-6 in the third quarter to stretch its lead to 38-23 and led by 20 — at 47-27 — after a 3-point basket by Haley Schreck with 3:51 remaining in the game. The CHS senior led a balanced Trojanette offense with 12 points.
Madison Faylor followed with 10 points for Canute, while teammate Kirstyn Strain just missed double figures with nine points. Strain drained seven 3-pointers in Canute’s first-round loss to Christian Heritage Academy but was just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc against Kingston. As a team, Canute hit just 3-of-21 3-point attempts.
Kylie Savage and Kylee Smith both scored seven points for the Trojanettes and combined for 18 rebounds — 11 for Smith and seven for Savage.
Kingston got nine points from Brit Henderson and seven points and eight boards from Danna Wagnon.
It will be an All-Class A battle in Saturday’s fifth-place game when Canute battles Hydro-Eakly. Kingston is set to play Hartshorne to tip things off in the 3 p.m. seventh-place contest.
Hydro-Eakly and Hartshorne went blow for blow during a back and forth first quarter during their consolation matchup Friday afternoon at the 2019 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.
Then, the bottom fell out for the Lady Miners.
The Lady Bobcats started the second quarter on a 17-1 run, repeatedly turning Hartshorne turnovers into points on the way to a 59-35 victory.
Hydro-Eakly, No. 2 in Class A, improved to 9-1 on the year, while Harthorne stumbled to 8-2.
The Lady Miners led 9-8 after the first quarter and it could have been more, but Hartshorne missed six free throws in the period.
Hydro-Eakly then ramped up the defensive pressure in the second frame. The Lady Bobcats forced 20 first-half HHS turnovers and 13 came in the second half. Hydro-Eakly had nine steals in the second period, including three by Kira Berkey.
Hydro-Eakly outscored Hartshorne 21-6 in the second period to turn a close game into a 29-15 halftime lead.
The Lady Miners got within 12 at 37-25 after a free throw Ashton Hackler at the 3:10 mark of the third quarter, but after a late Hyrdo-Eakly flurry extended the Lady Bobcats’ lead to 43-25 heading in the final period.
The Lady Bobcats scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and watched their lead swell to 51-25.
The two teams ended up with a combined 65 turnovers — 39 for Hartshorne and 26 for the Lady Bobcats.
Rachel Berry led the way for Hyrdo-Eakly with 16 points and a team-high five steals. Kira Berekey was next with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Macey Buss added seven for the winners.
Courtnee Sensibaugh scored a game-high 19 points for the Lady Miners, including a 13-of-20 performance from the free-throw line. She also ended up with six rebounds and five steals.
Taylor Stufflebean just missed double figures for Hartshorne with nine points. She went 6-of-6 from the charity stripe and had five rebounds.
Hydro-Eakly will play for 5th place at 4:30 p.m., while Hartshorne will start things off in the 3 p.m. seventh-place contest.