The Lady Braves (22-2), the Smoky Mountain Conference regular season champions, ended their regular season with two more wins and a perfect regular season in the conference. They defeated Swain 69-50 on Monday, Feb. 11.
Avery Mintz led Cherokee with 20pts followed by Kendall Toineeta with 18. This game started even and gradually got away from the Lady Maroon Devils. Cherokee led 11-9 after the first period and held a 34-24 lead at halftime. Cherokee outscored Swain 17-5 in the third period to seal the deal as the Lady Maroon Devils couldn’t come back in the fourth.
Other Lady Braves scorers included: Jordyn Thompson 3, Bree Stamper 2, Lydia Lossiah 4, Miranda Smith 3, Alexis Maney 14 and Brianna Jumper 4.
Lady Maroon Devils scorers included: Jordan Maples 30, Alea Tisho 4, Valerie Arkansas 11, Lydia Sale 4 and Melody Little 1.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Lady Braves poured in close to 100 points as they won their 22nd of the year 93-62. Mintz led Cherokee with 24pts followed by Toineeta with 21.
Cherokee led 26-15 after the first period and 55-26 at the half. Murphy came back a little in the third period outscoring the Lady Braves 21-15, but another 23pts in the final period sealed the game for Cherokee.
Other Lady Braves scorers included: Bree Stamper 4, Jordyn Thompson 8, Le Le Lossiah 6, Brianna Jumper 4, Alexis Maney 16, Angel Squirrel 6 and Sabrina Wooten 4.
Lady Bulldogs scorers included: Hannah Setzer 6, Leah Palmer 6, Sarah Nicely 9, Hannah Carson 9, Kendra Henry 21 and Taryn Blount 11.
The Braves (12-10) lost a heartbreaker in overtime 64-53, after leading through three periods, to Swain on Monday, Feb. 11. Seth Littlejohn led Cherokee with 13pts.
Cherokee led 18-13 after the first period and 34-25 at the half. They extended that lead to 42-31 after the third period. Swain outscored Cherokee 17-6 to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Maroon Devils dominated in overtime outscoring the Braves 16-5 to take the win.
Other Braves scorers included: Jesse Toineeta 8, Darius Thompson 6, Dustin Johnson 8, Eli Littlejohn 4, Brandt Sutton 4 and Raven Frankiwicz 10.
Maroon Devils scorers included: Matthew Maennle 23, Greg Tisho 7, Raymius Smith 12, Corbin Panther 8, Clay Young 12 and Jamy Oocumma 2.
The Braves ended their regular season on a high note winning 73-50 over Murphy. Seth Littlejohn led the way for Cherokee with 18pts.
The Braves dominated the first half, and took a 39-23 lead into the locker room. They continued their assault in the third period outscoring the Bulldogs 22-9. Murphy scored 18 in the final period, but it was not enough.
Other Braves scorers included: Jesse Toineeta 9, Raven Frankiewicz 7, Darius Thompson 14, Dustin Johnson 7, Derrick Ledford 2, Jalon Lossiah 2, Chris Queen 4 and Eli Littlejohn 10.
Murphy scorers included: Bradley Puccio 13, Dylan Ownbey 3, Kalin McRae 1, Bryan Ferguson 4, Chris Moore 2, Demarcus Hopson 12 and Trevor Crouch 15.
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