MARIETTA — Following a disappointing loss last week in a pre-Christmas holiday tournament, Sequoyah got back on track on Monday afternoon at the Tournament of Champions Holiday Classic at Wheeler High School.
The Chiefs defeated The Heritage School 81-53 in the early, 11:30 a.m. tipoff.
Sequoyah (5-5) led 13-7 at the end of a slow first quarter, but Dylan Wolle’s 3-pointer to end the period was a preview of the remainder of the contest.
The Chiefs went on a 25-9 run to start the second quarter and outscored Heritage 35-16 over the entire span of the period. Defensive pressure led to numerous easy baskets and six different players made a 3-pointer in the quarter.
“I thought our energy level was very high and I think that made a huge difference,” Sequoyah coach Allen Carden said. “Even though we weren’t making shots in the first quarter, the energy level was up. I kept telling them it would turn and that it was close. We started a little bit slow but we put up 25 in that second quarter. We can score the ball. For us, it just comes down to being able to guard people, trap and rotate which allows us to get the ball out and run.”
Sequoyah used full court pressure and half-court traps to force numerous turnovers. Braden Dondaville connected on a second buzzer-beater, a jump shot from the left corner, to end the first half and the Chiefs took a 48-23 lead into halftime.
Nick Lee finished with a game-high nine assists and six steals while Wolle led the scoring, finishing with a team-high 23. In the half court, Sequoyah moved the ball well from the post to its perimeter shooters. Wolle took advantage of his opportunities, shooting 7-for-13 from 3-point territory, while the team as a whole shot 13-for-32 from beyond the arc. Wolle added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
“We did shoot the ball pretty well,” Carden said. “We got to play a lot of people too which is big for us. During this time when everything is practice in preparation for our region schedule, I thought it was good to get everybody a run. There’s nothing like game situations.”
Sequoyah was balanced as 10 different players scored. Fisher Mitchell, Jackson Watts and Ayden Watson each finished with 10 points while Kyle Keener finished with eight assists. Watson finished with a game-high eight rebounds while Watts added four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Heritage was led by freshman Man Skidmore who scored a game-high 24 points, shooting 4-for-6 from 3-point territory. Skidmore added three rebounds and three assists.
Sequoyah will play Tuesday against the Walker School. The game will be played at Christian Heritage School in Dalton.