CANTON -- Sequoyah cruised to its first state playoff berth in three seasons Wednesday with a 92-55 home win over Harrison in the Region 6AAAAAA quarterfinals.
The Chiefs (20-6) never trailed in the game, led 50-30 at the half and forced a shortened fourth quarter on their way to the win.
“I’m just so happy for the kids,” Sequoyah coach Allen Carden said. “Three years ago, we won three games, and everyone laughed at us. Last year, we got things going a little bit, but this year, we were ready. The kids came out (Wednesday) ready to prove that. They were ready from the start. Sequoyah basketball is back.”
Defense was the recipe for Sequoyah from the beginning, as 22 Harrison (10-17) turnovers kept the Hoyas from gaining any rhythm offensively.
On the flip side, it also produced plenty of fastbreak opportunities for Sequoyah, which finished the game with 23 points generated off turnovers.
“I thought the pressure we started the game with was tremendous,” Carden said. “That got us off to a good start. That was one of our keys to victory. We wanted to get ahead early, keep the pressure up and execute down the stretch. We know it’s going to get tougher and tougher from here on out. I’m so proud of these kids, though.”
Leading the way for Sequoyah was Myles McGee with 32 points.
McGee finished with 14 made field goals and was a force at both ends of the floor as he entered the game with some extra motivation.
“Myles was fired up,” Carden said. “I thought he played his best game of the season. He was a region honorable mention, but I think he showed a lot of people that he deserved to be a little better than that (Wednesday).”
McGee was joined in double figures by Ayden Watson with 12 points and Jackson greco and Donovan Shipp with 11 points each.
Jason Porter made four 3-pointers to lead Harrison with 12 points.
Cameron Johnson added two 3-pointers to finish with 14, and while Carden said he was happy with his defense overall, he wants to see it improve on limiting shooters when they face South Cobb Friday with a home playoff game on the line.
“The key is our pressure,” Carden said. “We can’t let the ball get to shooters. If we can pressure the ball we can negate that. That works against teams with a lot of size too. It all starts with our pressure and not letting the other team do what they want with the ball.”