SHS Lady Indians basketball championship team honored

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
03/30/2018 08:00 AM
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TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation officials held a reception on March 27 for the Sequoyah High School Lady Indians basketball team who won the 3A girl’s basketball championship for the third time in four years.

Lady Indians head basketball coach Larry Callison admitted he was unsure about the team’s chances after losing three seniors last year, but he said the team came together late in the 2018 season and peaked before the playoffs.

“It’s been kind of like a dream. I knew we were going to be talented, but I just didn’t know if they would come together, but they did,” he said.

Callison said something clicked after the team’s win over Beggs High School late in the season.

“I knew then we had something special. And when the playoffs got here, there was a light in their eyes that showed me they were ready to go,” he said.

SHS Lady Indian team member and Junior Jonia Walker spoke similarly about the team’s winning season.

“We weren’t really a team at the beginning of the season. We worked hard but individually. But toward the end of the season and especially during the playoffs, we were talking to each other. The bench was going crazy after every made shot,” she said. “We pick each other up and that’s how we won that (Championship) game.”

Those in attendance at the reception included SHS Lady Indians Tamra Soap, Aubrey Brown, Jaide Long, Faren Walker, IceLei Duke, Allison Sells, Lana Gass, Jessica Mackey, Hannah Ballou, Calesa Murdock, Mykal Hayes, Alexys Keys, Daryl Hooper, Jonia Walker, Jordan Gann; Head Coach Larry Callison; Assistant Coaches Jon Minor and Grant Callison; Managers Brittney Bush, Cianna Long and Kaylee Smith.

Superintendent Leroy Qualls, Principal Jolyn Choate and Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden, as well as Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of state Chuck Hoskin Jr., Speaker of the Tribal Council Joe Byrd and Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick also attended the March 27 ceremony to honor the athletes.

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