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High schools: Tahlequah Sequoyah advances in Class 3A girls state tournament
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High schools: Tahlequah Sequoyah advances in Class 3A girls state tournament

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EDMOND — Tahlequah Sequoyah’s inside-outside combination of Jonia Walker and Alexys Keys proved too much for Kansas to handle on Thursday afternoon in the Class 3A girls quarterfinals.

Keys, a sophomore guard, had 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Walker, a junior center, pounded away inside with 19 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots to lift the second-ranked Indians to a 59-48 victory at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Sequoyah (26-3), the defending 3A champion, will take a 17-game winning streak into its semifinal Friday against either Hartshorne or Comanche at State Fair Arena.

“Jonia played big for us early, for sure,” Sequoyah coach Larry Callison said. “She’s just a big force in there to block shots and rebound and score well. Lexi has really played well for us all year … she’s a good one.”

No. 7 Kansas (23-6) was frigid in the first quarter, missing its first eight shots and managing only two points. Meanwhile, Keys — last year’s tournament most valuable player — went 3-of-3 from 3-point range in the quarter as Sequoyah built a 12-2 lead.

The Comets came no closer than six points after that. Sequoyah led 27-18 at halftime and had an answer every time Kansas threatened. The Comets pulled within 40-34 on a 3-pointer by Aydin Tucker with 1:08 left in the third quarter, but Sequoyah responded with a 11-3 run, capped by two 3-pointers by Calesa Murdock, who scored 14 points.

“We’ve been here enough with our kids, if you get past those first few minutes — we came out more relaxed than I thought,” Callison said. “We just felt like we should have won the ball game and we did some smart things.”

Tucker led Kansas with 20 points, going 4-of-12 from 3-point range, and fellow guard Kaylee Armbrister added 15 points, going 3-of-9 from behind the arc.

Kingston 61, Prague 52

Senior Kes Reeves deferred much of the afternoon to Kingston’s hot hand, sophomore Kassie Bailey. But when Bailey fouled out in the fourth quarter, Reeves took over the basketball game for the Redskins.

Playing with what her coach thought was a broken pinky finger, Reeves scored 10 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, making eight straight free throws in the final 3:31 to help No. 11 Kingston pull away late against No. 3 Prague.

Prague’s freshman star, Chantae Embry, fouled out with 6:10 left with nine points and 11 rebounds, but the Red Devils still led 49-48 after a layup by Adisyn Auld with 2:54 left. But Prague (24-4) managed only two points after that.

Brit Henderson made two free throws with 2:01 left to put Kingston ahead for good at 50-49 and kept hitting free throws while Prague came up empty on the other end. Reeves’ three-point play with 27.8 seconds left — on a length-of-the-court pass from Danna Wagnon — gave Kingston a 57-49 lead and sealed the win.

Bailey scored 16 points for Kingston.

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