The Lady Braves (25-2) continued their dominance over Smoky Mountain Conference opponents with a 84-50 win over Murphy in the first round of the 1A state playoffs on Monday, Feb. 25.
Avery Mintz led Cherokee with 22 points.
The Lady Braves outscored the Lady Bulldogs 23-9 in the first period and 29-13 in the second period to take a commanding 52-22 lead into the locker room. Cherokee outscored Murphy 32-28 in the second half to take the 34 point win.
Other Lady Braves scorers included: Deija Burgess 3, Brianna Jumper 6, Le Le Lossiah 6, Alexis Maney 7, Miranda Smith 9, Bree Stamper 3, Jordyn Thompson 3, Kendall Toineeta 18 and Sabrina Wooten 7.
Murphy scorers included: Hannah Carson 8, Kendra Henry 8, Darian Jones 2, Katie Moss 11, Sarah Nicely 8, Hannah Setzer 6, Etia Sutton 2 and Amy Trull 5.
Cherokee takes on Blue Ridge (12-14) in the second round at home on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7pm.
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