Chiefs come out on top in latest nip-and-tuck battle with Grizzlies
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
January 22, 2014 01:13 AM | 1184 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sequoyah’s Christian Hillhouse puts a shot up Tuesday against Creekview. Hillhouse had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Chiefs kept their archrival at bay and earned a pivotal win.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Sequoyah’s Christian Hillhouse puts a shot up Tuesday against Creekview. Hillhouse had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Chiefs kept their archrival at bay and earned a pivotal win.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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CANTON — Creekview closed a 12-point gap with a flurry of 3-pointers in the final minutes, but Sequoyah sealed the 60-55 victory on the free-throw line Tuesday night, in the latest installment of the local rivalry.

Sequoyah (9-11, 6-4 Region 7AAAAA) led 44-35 at the end of the third quarter and pushed the advantage to 55-43 with less than 5 minutes remaining. It was then that the Grizzlies (9-11, 5-5) began hitting shots from well beyond the arc to close the gap. Austin Graham made a 3, and Bennett Gibbs added two of his own as Creekview closed to within three points — 57-54 — with 26 seconds remaining.

But the Grizzlies couldn’t add another basket until the buzzer sounded, and Sequoyah inched away with free throws by Christian Hillhouse and Jordan Usher.

Sequoyah coach Jeremey Adams said he couldn’t remember the last time a Creekview-Sequoyah game was decided by fewer than 10 points. In the teams’ last meeting Nov. 30, Creekview won 66-58 in overtime.

Even when his Chiefs were leading more than 10 points Tuesday, Adams knew the game wasn’t over.

“That is just Creekview-Sequoyah,” Adams said. “It’s just kind of the necessity of the rivalry. Bennett Gibbs stepped up for them and made some huge shots. Our kids rebounded when they had to and executed down the stretch and put it away.”

Adams said the key of the night was having five players scoring in double figures.

Logan Taylor and Levi Biddy each finished with 13 points, while Hillhouse had 11 points to go with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Dalton Satterfield added 12 points, and Usher finished with 10 points and four assists.

“We had great defense and great team offense,” Adams said. “When we do that, we are hard to beat.”

Tuesday’s game is all that separates the teams in the region standings, giving Sequoyah sole possession of the No. 1 seed. If the Chiefs can win the remainder of their games, they would end up the top seed from their subregion and get a bye in the first round of the region tournament.

Adams said the win is very big for his team.

“I mean, it puts us in control of our own destiny in the subregion, which is the biggest thing,” he said. “We want to finish first in our subregion, and we need to at least win out in our subregion and, hopefully, win the other two (games), too. If we win, we get first in the subregion, and that is huge with our tournament format.”

Creekview’s Graham led all scorers with 16 points. Gibbs finished with 14, including four 3-pointers.

Sequoyah will travel to Northview on Friday for another subregion game, while Creekview will be at Forsyth Central.

Adams said the Northview game is just as important as the win over Creekview.

“Our kids need to understand this is a subregion game,” he said.
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January 22, 2014
Nice action shot Hull. Thanks for the detailed article Soros.

I am a Sequoyah fan , but I like keeping up with all the local high schools.
I.want-mohr
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January 22, 2014
What would be even nicer is if the CT would keep up with the other teams in the county during the basketball season. Girl's articles would be a great start. There's been very few articles on county HS basketball in general. Why not at least put in the weeks scores if they cannot do stories? Ms.Soros does write a nice article though.
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