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BAD TIMING: Game tying shot erased after timeout, Lady Indians bounced from Area Tournament

Feb. 29—SEMINOLE — Sequoyah Lady Indians' Head Coach Justin Brown called a timeout with 14 seconds left on the clock with his team down by three points. While this is normally a mundane task in this situation, this proved to be very costly for the Lady Indians.

Right as the timeout was called, Annaston Brown hit a three-pointer that was taken off the board due to the timeout. That would cost SHS as they lost 60-57 to the Bethel Bison on Thursday, Feb. 29 to end their season in the first round of the Area Tournament.

"That is the nature of the game, you try to do the best you can, usually we just let it go but we thought we had a good set and it just so happened to go in. That is one I will look back on for sure," Brown said.

Despite falling, the Lady Indians put up a tough fight throughout the game. Early on the Bison and the Lady Indians were swarming each other, forcing turnover after turnover against each other. Through the scramble that was the first half, the Lady Indians held a 7-2 lead with about four minutes left in the quarter.

Finding themselves down, BHS quickly called a timeout, making a big difference. After the timeout, the Bison got hot for a 5-0 start to take an 8-7 lead over the final minutes of the quarter. BHS missed an opportunity to extend their lead after starting the game 1-of-4 from the charity stripe.

"They have a really good team, they are going to keep fighting. We knew it was going to be a good close game. There wasn't anything we didn't expect," Brown said.

After neither team scored much in the first six minutes of the first quarter, the final two minutes saw a mini slugfest with BHS taking a 15-14 lead. After exchanging the lead throughout the second quarter, the Lady Indians went into halftime leading 31-28.

After a fight to start the third quarter, the Bison got the upper hand. BHS took a six-point lead before Brown called a timeout to calm his team. Within a minute, the Lady Indians cut the deficit to just one. A free throw gave the Lady Indians a 47-45 lead.

The Lady Indians spent the fourth quarter chasing after the Bison. Despite their fight, SHS couldn't manage to come back and lost 60-57.

"I thought we played hard, we missed some opportunities," Brown said. "They are a good team and when you turn it over as much as we did it's hard to win. I felt like we turned it over too much and that was a big difference. I think both teams disrupted each other, I think they just hit one more shot than us. You score 57 points, you need to win a game."

With the loss, the Lady Indians finish with a record of 10-16.

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