Sequoyah forward Matthew Traynor grabbed 10 offensive rebounds as the Chiefs won their third straight game Tuesday.

Sequoyah picked up its third straight win Tuesday night with a 92-71 victory at Riverwood.

The Chiefs improved to 12-4 overall and 4-2 in Region 7AAAAAA with the victory, also marking their second straight game scoring more than 90 points.

Though the offense put up some eye-popping numbers, it was Sequoyah’s defensive effort that powered it to the 21-point win. The Chiefs have been on a tear over the last few weeks, winning nine of their last 10 games.

“We came out really moving the ball well, and we shot the ball well,” Sequoyah coach Allen Carden said. “I was very excited about how they were moving. We did a good job of pressuring (Riverwood), and we got some steals.”

Sequoyah had no choice but to step up on the defensive end with Riverwood’s star sophomore, Karris Bilal, on the floor. Bilal is averaging nearly 30 points per game this season, but the Chiefs were determined to keep him relatively contained.

As he has done for much of the season, Kyle Keener led Sequoyah with 26 points, adding seven rebounds and seven assists to his line, all while guarding Bilal for a large chunk of the game.

Dylan Wolle hit a career milestone, crossing 1,000 points by hitting a shot just before the halftime buzzer. He finished the night with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Overall, the Chiefs had six players score in double figures, and Carden was happy to see the ball movement. Matthew Traynor scored 11 points, but his real effect came on the boards as he pulled down a team-best 15 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive.

“I was really pleased with how the ball had energy, and we played with some pep in our step,” Carden said. “We were moving defensively. When you score a lot of points, the other team has a lot more possessions, so we have to continue working on our transition defense. I thought we could have rebounded a bit better, but we went to the offensive glass with Matthew as the evidence.”

Sequoyah almost always has five players on the floor who are threats to shoot and score the ball from anywhere on the court. Even better than the six players who scored in double figures Tuesday, the Chiefs had nine players reach that mark in a game earlier this season.

Carden, though, is not content with his team’s scoring ability alone.

“From a coaching standpoint, you are never satisfied,” he said. “We have to continually work on getting better. I do not believe in peaking. I believe in being consistent. We want to be more consistent each game. Being able to get contributions from other people besides Dylan and Kyle is really big.”

Sequoyah sits third place in the region behind undefeated Centennial and River Ridge. The Chiefs went 7-7 in the region last year but appear to be much improved in 2021-22.

With at least one game left against each region opponent, Sequoyah is looking to avenge its early-season losses.

“The first half of the region is completed on Friday. Then, we start all over again,” Carden said. “It is the old coach’s adage of taking it one game at a time. That is what you have to do. You need to hold serve at home and then be hard-nosed on the road. We have to be locked-in every game.”


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