The 10th ranked Knights went toe to toe with the 5th ranked Tahlequah-Sequoyah Indians Saturday night, leading most of the game before falling short 58-51. Henryetta took a 23-21 lead into the locker room at the half, and led for most of the third period before the Indians finally went ahead 35-33 heading into the final period. The Indians led by as much as 13 points in the fourth period and Henryetta cut it to as close as three before settling for the 7 point loss. Caywood buried four three’s in the last eight minutes, but it was not enough. The Indians out-rebounded the Knights 34-21 in the contest and committed four fewer turnovers, both major contributors in the defeat.
Caywood scored a game high 23 points, grabbed four boards, and nabbed a steal to lead the Knights. Freshman Ira Blackbear finished with 10 points, 3 boards, and 2 steals, while Heath Konsure had 8 points, 4 rebounds, a steal, and an assist. Tyler Johnson finished with five points and 2 rebounds, while had 3 points and 3 boards. Kiley Johnson rounded out the Knights scoring with 2 points and 5 rebounds.
Caisen Green had a double-double to lead Sequoyah, turning in 17 points and 14 rebounds.
The Knights took the early lead, outscoring the Indians 13-12 in the first period. Caywood was 6 of 8 from the charity stripe in the period to lead Henryetta with 6 points. Ira Blackbear pitched in three points, while Kiley Johnson and Tyler Johnson added two each. Leach led the Indians with 8 points in the period.
Henryetta outscored the Indians 10-9 in the second period to extend their lead to two at the intermission, as Henryetta took a 23-21 advantage into the locker room at the half. Berry and Caywood scored three points each to lead Henryetta in the period, while Konsure and Blackbear pitched in two each. Tucker led the Indians with three points in the period.
The Indians fired back in the third period, outscoring the Knights 14-10 to take over the lead 35-33 heading into the final period. Caisen Green scored 10 points in the period to pace the Indians. Blackbear and Tyler Johnson scored three points each to lead the Knights in the frame, while Caywood and Konsure pitched in two each.
It was a wild fourth period, as the Indians built a 13 point lead midway through the frame, and the Knights cut it to three with under two minutes left to play. Chet Caywood nailed four treys in the period to help bring the Knights back, but the Indians did their job at the free-throw line making good on 12 of 17 free-throws in the period to hold on for the seven point win. Caywood led the Knights with 12 points in the frame, while Konsure chipped in four and Blackbear added two.
The Knights hosted Oktaha Monday night and then travelled to Oktaha Tuesday night. They will be in action Valentine’s Day at Checotah. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. with the girls; the boys will play immediately after.
Henryetta 51, Tahlequah-Sequoyah 58
HHS 13-10-10-18 (51)
TSHS 12-9-14-23 (58)
Scoring: Henryetta- Caywood 23, Berry 3, T. Johnson 5, K. Johnson 2, Konsure 8, Blackbear 10; Sequoyah- Green 17, Leach 12, Tucker 11, Sanders 9, Parish 6, Eagle 2, Johnston 1.
Freethrows: HHS- 16 of 24 (67%); TSHS- 20 of 27 (74%)
FG%: HHS- 15 of 40 (38%); TSHS- 18 of 52 (35%)
3pt: HHS- 5 of 16 (31%); TSHS- 2 of 20 (10%)
Rebounds: HHS- 21; TSHS- 34
Turnovers: HHS- 16; TSHS- 12