BASKETBALL: Lady Braves get 19th win, Braves lose squeaker to Highlands

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Cherokee’s varsity basketball teams split against Highlands on Tuesday, Feb. 5.  The Lady Braves improved to 19-2 on the year with an impressive 77-35 win, and the Braves (11-8) lost a squeaker 53-52. 

Avery Mintz led the Lady Braves with 21pts followed by Alexis Maney with 18.  Cherokee controlled the game from the start and led 23-4 after the first period and 41-15 at halftime.  They kept the pressure up in the second half outscoring Highlands 19-6 in the third period and 17-11 in the fourth.

Other Lady Braves scorers included:  Kendall Toineeta 10, Jordyn Thompson 8, Bree Stamper 5, Sabrina Wooten 2, Le Le Lossiah 2, Brianna Jumper 2 and Angel Saine 9.

Emily Shuler led Highlands with 12pts.  Other Highlands scorers included:  Kirstyn Lamb 10, Ashlee Maitland 7, Whitney Billingsley 2 and Rebekah Parks 4.

Dustin Johnson led the Braves with 15pts followed by Seth Littlejohn with 12.  This game was up and down the entire time.  Cherokee jumped out to a 14-5 lead after the first period, but Highlands came back with a good second period to only trail 23-18 at the half.

Highlands outscored Cherokee 22-14 in the third period to take a 40-37 lead into the final period.  The Braves outscored Highlands 15-13 in the fourth, but came up just one point short as Highland’s Dustin Moore hit two free throws at the end to seal the win.

Other Braves scorers included:  Jesse Toineeta 2, Brandt Sutton 2, Darius Thompson 10, Chris Queen 4 and Eli Littlejohn 7.

Tyler Munger led Highlands with 18pts.  Other Highlands scorers included:  Taylor Osteen 2, Kennan Lewis 11, Davis Moore 8, Brent Amumdrud 12 and Kyle Gabbard 2.