Entering the second half only up 42-36, the Chiefs (7-2, 5-0 Region 7AAAAA) hadn’t yet managed to slow the Bulldogs (3-6, 2-3) and the game remained up for grabs.
That all changed in the third quarter, when Sequoyah’s leading scorer, Solomon Ajose, who scored only two points in the first period, led the Chiefs on six- and nine-point runs to put them well ahead.
Having scored 23 points in the second quarter, it seemed that Forsyth Central would be able to keep pace. Instead, the Bulldogs found themselves facing a stout Chiefs defense that only allowed nine points in the period, which gave Sequoyah a 63-47 lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, it was more of the same, as the Chiefs outscored the Bulldogs 19-8.
For Sequoyah coach Jeremy Adams, the victory was a well-deserved one.
“I am definitely satisfied with the victory,” he said. “I thought we were very good offensively. We shared the ball well and good stops that ended with rebounds, and we scored off of them. In the third we made a nice run and put it out of reach.”
Adams was also quick to praise senior forward Brandon Ingleton, whose eight first-half points helped to keep the Chiefs’ offense alive while Ajose was still struggling.
“I thought Brandon was the difference early, especially the way he rebounded and went after the glass,” Adams said. “He does the little stuff that doesn’t get noticed a lot.”
Though Ingleton finished with 18, it was Ajose who led the team in scoring with 30.
“Probably the quietest 30 points of his career,” Adams said.
Sequoyah 44, Forsyth Central 24: The Lady Chiefs almost doubled-up the Lady Bulldogs to register their fifth win of the season to take them above .500.
After taking a slim 20-17 lead into the half, the Sequoyah defense turned out one of its best periods of the year as it allowed Forsyth Central to score only two points in the third and five in the fourth.
Leading the Lady Chiefs (5-4, 3-2) on the night was freshman Kelley Hartman, who finished with 13 points and was a force on the boards, helping to team to total 38 rebounds on the night.
Sequoyah coach Derrick Dewitt felt that his team’s second-half performance was the key to the victory.
“In the third quarter, they just delivered,” he said. “Offensively and defensively, they did a great job. I’m proud of their effort.”