By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
Cherokee’s basketball teams both had nice seasons. The Lady Braves (25-5) were co-champions of the Smoky Mountain Conference and won the Sectional Championship. They lost in overtime in the Regional Finals to seven-time defending state champions Bishop-McGuinness. The Braves (15-12) made it to the District Round of the 1A state playoffs.
As a result of the team’s successes, several Cherokee players have been given post-season honors. Braves senior Tsalidi Sequoyah and Lady Braves sophomore Avery Mintz were given All-State honors. Sequoyah and Lady Braves senior Elizabeth Wahnetah were both named to this weekend’s Blue – White All-Star game. Sequoyah led the state in rebounds with 16.7 per game.
In addition, Lady Braves junior Alexis Maney and freshman Kendall Toineeta were named All-Conference. Maney was named Honorable Mention All-Conference last season.
Wahnetah and Jordyn Thompson both received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.
For the Braves, Taylor Toineeta and Seth Littlejohn were both named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Wahnetah said it felt wonderful to be selected to the Blue –White game. When asked her thoughts on the season, she related, “It went really good. Every year we progress more and went further and further. Maybe next year they’ll go all the way.”
On being named All-State as a sophomore, Mintz remarked, “There are no words to describe it. It’s pretty great.”
Kendall Toineeta said of being named All-Conference, “It’s an honor. It’s a little overwhelming.”
“This past year was great,” she said adding that a goal of hers is for next year’s team to take home a state title.
Maney commented, “It was a great privilege to make All-Conference. It was one of my goals for this year.”