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Sequoyah Tahlequah downs Comanche for title

Sequoyah Tahlequah celebrates with the trophy after their win over Comanche in the girls Class 3A state tournament championship basketball game inside Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman]
Sequoyah Tahlequah celebrates with the trophy after their win over Comanche in the girls Class 3A state tournament championship basketball game inside Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman]

One team was unbeaten but the other looked unbeatable.

No. 2 Sequoyah-Tahlequah captured its second state championship in three years and fifth overall by smashing previously unbeaten and No. 4 Comanche, 67-40, in the Class 3A girls' state championship game Saturday night at State Fair Arena.

“I thought we could win the ball game but I didn't think it would be like that,” Sequoyah-Tahlequah coach Larry Callison said.

But it's been like that all through the playoffs for Sequoyah-Tahlequah (27-3), whose lowest margin of victory was 19 points.

During the regular season, Sequoyah-Tahlequah lost to Collinsville and twice to Adair, a team that Comanche defeated in the state tournament semifinal. But they played their best basketball in the playoffs.

“I don't know why,” Callison said of his club's playoff dominance. “We kind of peaked at the right time in the playoffs. I think a lot of that is the girls play a lot of other sports. It takes us awhile to get it going, but once we do, it usually is the right time.”

Callison also thinks Comanche may have been fatigued from Friday night's semifinal win over Adair.

“We have a lot more depth than Comanche, and it showed up tonight,” he said.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah had the game under control at halftime, building a commanding 34-14 lead with a 19-1 second quarter run.

After 6-4 junior Misty Dossey scored with 1:12 left in the first period, Comanche (27-1) did not score a field goal again until 3:44 left in the third.

Dossey finished with 15 points but no other Comanche player scored in double figures.

“We just doubled her all night long and they couldn't get the ball in to her,” Callison said. “We took our chance with the outside shots.”

Senior Cenia Hayes scored 15 points and freshman Alexys Keys added 14 for Sequoyah-Tahlequah. For Hayes, the victory was made sweeter by the fact she had to miss last year's state tournament with a torn ACL.

“Sitting on that bench that whole year… it just made me hungrier for this season,” she said.

Sequoyah-Tahlequah's relentless defensive pressure produced 14 steals in the game, 11 in the first half, and forced 17 Comanche turnovers.

Comanche shot just 5 of 19 from the field, 0 of 6 from behind the 3-point line, in the first half and finished the game shooting just 26.2 percent from the field.

Meanwhile, Sequoyah-Tahlequah shot 60 percent overall (12 of 20) and from the 3-point line (6 of 10) in the first half. Sequoyah-Tahlequah finished the game 10 of 19 from behind the 3-point line and 56 percent overall.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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