By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
To cap off a week of basketball – three games in four days – Cherokee’s varsity basketball teams swept Andrews at Charles George Arena on Friday, Dec. 13. The Lady Braves (7-1) beat up on the Lady Wildcats 79-27 and the Braves (4-4) got to .500 on the year with a big 77-44 win.
Lady Braves 79 Andrews 27
Defense was the name of the game for Cherokee as they held the Lady Wildcats to just 5 points in the first half. Again, Cherokee won the game of possession with 21 steals compared to Andrews’ 0. Kendall Toineeta led with 6 steals for the Lady Braves followed by Bree Stamper with 4.
Cherokee dominated the first half leading 25-2 after the first period and 45-5 at the half. Cherokee’s bench got a lot of play in this game. The second half was more of the same with the Lady Braves outscoring Andrews 34-22.
Avery Mintz led Cherokee with 19pts followed by Toineeta and Peri Wildcatt with 16 each. As a team, Cherokee shot 51 percent compared to Andrews’ 24 percent. Toineeta, who leads all of WNC in assists, had 6 in this game.
Other Lady Braves scorers included: LeLe Lossiah 4, Stamper 2, Miranda Smith 3, Blake Wachacha 7, Ashlyn Spicer 2, Brionna Jumper 6, Kayla Pheasant 2 and Taran Swimmer 2.
Lady Wildcats scorers included: Kati Trammel 5, Erika Griggs 2, Jacqueline West 11, Haley West 2, Destinee Mathis and Tiffany Holloway 6.
Braves 77 Andrews 44
The Braves won the defensive game and thus won the game. Cherokee had 20 steals compared to Andrews’ 0 with Darius Thompson and Raven Frankiewicz, who leads all of WNC with steals, leading the way with 5 each. Frankiewicz also had 7 rebounds.
This game started relatively close with the Braves holding a small 16-11 lead after the first period, but they blew up in the second period outscoring Andrews by 17 to take a 47-25 lead into the locker room. Andrews would come back some in the third period outscoring Cherokee by 3 (14-11), but a solid 19-5 fourth period sealed the win for the Braves.
Dustin Johnson poured in 24pts to lead Cherokee. As a team, Cherokee shot 49 percent from the field while holding Andrews to 32 percent.
Other Braves scorers included: Jason McMillan 7, Brandt Sutton 2, Frankiewicz 4, Kennan Panther 4, Thompson 22, Jesse Toineeta 10, Chris Queen 2 and Eli Littlejohn 2.
Andrews scorers included: Zack Long 3, Chase Hardin 10, Dakota Bateman 4, Jacob Whitaker 2, Seth Pyle 2, Logan Allen 7 and Aaron DeVore 6.
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