BASKETBALL: Lady Braves runner-up in Holidays tournament

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The Cherokee Lady Braves (11-1) came in second place in the Holidays on the Hardwood Tournament hosted at Cherokee High School on Dec. 27-29.  After two impressive wins over Owen and Erwin, Cherokee faced South Forsyth from Cumming, Ga. in the final.

The Lady Braves fell behind in the first half and trailed 45-28 at halftime.  But, they came back in the third period outscoring South Forsyth 17-11 to trail 56-45 going into the final period.  Cherokee outscored South Forsyth again in the fourth period 15-10, but it wasn’t enough as South Forsyth took the 66-60 win and the tournament championship.

Cherokee’s Avery Mintz and Kendall Toineeta were named to the All-Tournament team.

In their first two games, Cherokee defeated Owen 62-38 and Erwin 79-63.

Mintz and Toineeta led the Lady Braves with 51 points each in the tournament.  Other Lady Braves scorers in the tournament included:  Le Le Lossiah 7, Kaycee Lossiah 4, Alexis Maney 31, Miranda Smith 2, Bree Stamper 21, Jordyn Thompson 22, Angel Squirrel 6 and Deija Burgess 6.

The Braves (7-4) did not fare as well in the tournament losing both games they played.  They lost 69-59 to Owen on the first night and 55-39 to Chattanooga (Tenn.) in their consolation game.

Seth Littlejohn led Cherokee with 36 points in the tournament followed by Dustin Johnson with 21.  Other Braves scorers in the tournament included:  Raven Frankiewicz 15, Eli Littlejohn 7, Silas Reed-Littlejohn 2, Kennan Panther 4, Stephen Swan 2 and Jesse Toineeta 12.