Osborne (21-6) made enough mistakes to allow Sequoyah (21-7) to remain close late in the game, even though the Lady Chiefs were held to just three points in the second quarter. In the end, though, it was fouls that caught up with Sequoyah as Osborne began shooting free throws and the Lady Chiefs’ top rebounders — twin sisters Lauren and Kelley Hartman — stuck on the bench after fouling out.
Osborne was just 9-for-16 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, but it was enough.
Sequoyah trailed 36-34 after Megan Garcia made a 3-pointer to open the final period. After Osborne was sent to the line for a series of free throws, the Lady Chiefs never cut the deficit that close again.
Osborne coach Melanie Samuel said the game got closer than she would have liked in the end because her players weren’t hitting free throws.
“It’s been somebody’s night every night, knocking them down,” Samuels said, “but it was uncharacteristic of Nikira Goings to go 50 percent. She normally shoots 85 percent.”
The teams traded baskets in the first quarter, with Osborne leading 15-13 after the first 8 minutes. But when Kyli Schmitt made the Lady Chiefs’ only field goal in the second quarter, things were looking good, and Osborne was up 27-16 at the half.
Sequoyah battled back in the third, with Kelley Hartman putting up nine points, and the Lady Chiefs only trailed by five, 36-31, entering the fourth.
Sequoyah coach Derrick Dewitt said his team played hard and stuck to the game plan, but things just didn’t go their way.
“Foul trouble took its toll,” Dewitt said. “We attempted to make plays, but we put ourselves in a bad spot. We came back within three or four late, but we really just have to say hats off to Osborne.”
Kelley Hartman led Sequoyah with 15 points, 13 of which came in the in the second half. Emily Ryan, who was in foul trouble throughout the second half, finished with 14 points and Garcia chipped in eight.
Goings led Osborne with 16 points, while Jazzmon Rouse scored 14. Zutorya Cook finished with 13.