The teams were tied at 61-all with 4:30 left in the game when Usher banked home his shot. Kell’s Grant Bryant answered with a field goal, but the Longhorns would not lead again.
With the 1-point advantage, Sequoyah began stalling the ball, confident that it would be able to make free throws when Kell began fouling. The plan worked as Sequoyah scored its final seven points at the charity stripe, with Taylor accounting for four straight before Satterfield chipped in the final pair.
Sequoyah coach Jeremy Adams said the Chiefs’ comeback really began in the second half when they were trailing 39-31.
“It’s always nice to have a wrinkle in your pocket late in the year,” Adams said. “We went with something different defensively and it gave them some trouble and got them stagnant. We knew, if we could keep them out of the lane, it was a good thing.”
With the Chiefs denying the lane, the Longhorns began shooting from behind the arc. A couple of shots by Jarvis Jones found their mark, but it wasn’t enough as Sequoyah also clamped down in rebounding and prevented Kell players from getting second chances.
“We finally started rebounding in the fourth quarter and limiting their second chances,” Adams said. “Our kids are so tough. Our kids are pretty good (at home). This is a special place for these kids. They like playing here.”
Sequoyah will get at least two more chances to play at home and will host Osborne on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.
Maurice Summerour led Kell with 14 points. Bryant added 12 and Ken Summerour and Jones finished with 11 each.
Satterfield led Sequoyah with 25 points. Taylor and Christian Hillhouse finished with 15 points each.