ONE FEATHER STAFF REPORT
The still-undefeated Cherokee Lady Braves won three games this past week, but somehow managed to fall one spot to #10 in the Freeman Rankings of NC 1-A schools as of Sunday. Cherokee crushed Andrews and Blue Ridge and managed to hold off Highlands to go to 11-0 on the season.
Cherokee started off the week in good form as they defeated the Lady Wildcats of Andrews 68-39 on Thursday, Jan. 14. Celine Lambert led the way with 15 points and 6 assists. She was followed by Tahnee Arkansas with 11 points and Rayna Davis with 11 points, 7 assists, and 6 steals.
Other Lady Braves scorers included: Kayla Smith 2, Jordyn Thompson 5, Hannah Youngdeer 2, Paige Jackson 5 (6 steals), Megan Wilnoty 3 (called up from JV for this game), Alexis Maney 7 (4 steals), and Tashina Martin 7 (5 rebounds).
Two days later, Cherokee crushed Blue Ridge 64-15. The Lady Braves’ top scorer on the night, Casey Driver, has just two points less (13) than the entire Blue Ridge team. Other Lady Braves scorers included: Lambert 3, Arkansas 6, Teria Morgan 2 (called up from JV for this game), Youngdeer 4, Davis 9, P. Jackson 6, Thompson 5, Martin 5, Smith 3 (5 rebounds), Maney 6 (13 rebounds), and Meshay Long 2 (called up from JV for this game).
Cherokee had a much closer game on Saturday, Jan. 16, but they managed to keep their unbeaten status intact as they squeezed by Highlands 55-52. Arkansas led Cherokee with 15 points and 10 rebounds followed by Lambert with 13 points and 5 steals. Other Lady Braves scorers included: Davis 7 (5 rebounds), P. Jackson 12, Driver 2, and Thompson 6.