DeWitt was just waiting to see if his team could close it out and advance to the Region 7AAAAA semifinals in front of a home crowd.
The Lady Chiefs did close it out, outscoring Sprayberry 29-15 in the second half for a dominating 54-24 victory in the quarterfinals of the region tournament.
“We just wanted to make sure that we could get three consecutive stops and limit our fouling to prepare for the next game,” DeWitt said. “We wanted to make sure we were rebounding the ball and making strong outlets and just try to work on that little things that will make us better and should make us champions.”
Sequoyah (20-6) will make its next step toward a region title in Monday’s semifinal, hosting Kell. The Lady Chiefs are back in the state playoffs after missing out the last two seasons.
The game was close for the first 8 minutes, with Sequoyah needing a 3-pointer by Megan Garcia and a layup by Emily Ryan to go up 10-5 at the end of the period.
The second quarter was a different story as Sequoyah exploded for 15 points, while holding Sprayberry (8-18) to just four.
After making sure that a Lady Yellow Jacket comeback wasn’t in the works in the second half, DeWitt began subbing liberally. However, the Lady Chiefs never seemed to let up, with 10 different players scoring. They led 41-17 by the end of the third and finished with the 30-point victory.
“We had some injuries through the season and other girls were able to play a lot of minutes as sophomores and freshmen, so to be able to play the 11th, 10th, eighth, ninth player some good minutes, is good for us and good for them. They are ready to compete whenever their number is called.”
Ryan led Sequoyah with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Lauren Hartman scored eight points and Kelley Hartman chipped in six.
Dyesha Brown was the only Sprayberry player in double digits. She finished with 12 points, but was held scoreless in the fourth. Arianna Clark, who scored her three points in the fourth quarter, was the only other Sprayberry player to finish with more than two.