By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
The Lady Braves (23-3) proved why they received the #1 seed in the western Section of the 1A state playoffs with a signature win over the Mitchell Lady Mountaineers on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Charles George Arena. Cherokee won big 77-37 behind 23pts by Avery Mintz and 16 by Kendall Toineeta.
“We came out kind of flat because we had just played a really emotional game last Friday, but we turned it on when we needed to and ended up winning the game by a large amount,” said head coach Chris Mintz.
In looking ahead, he said there is still a lot of stiff competition, “Nothing’s going to be easy this time.”
Monday’s game did start out a little flat for the Lady Braves and Mitchell even led by a point very early on, but after that it was all Cherokee. The Lady Braves ended up leading 25-6 after the first period and 44-14 at the half.
Every player on the Cherokee roster got playing time in this game which will help going down the stretch as players coming off the bench frequently make much-needed contributions during playoff time.
The Lady Braves got a whopping 18 steals in this game with Mintz having 5 and Toineeta and LeLe Lossiah each having 4.
Other Cherokee scorers included: Kendra Panther 3, LeLe Lossiah 9, Bree Stamper 3, Miranda Smith 1, Brionna Jumper 7, Kayla Pheasant 2, Peri Wildcatt 9, and Taran Swimmer 4.
Mitchell’s scorers included: Katie Parkins 2, Tayler Duncan 3, Whitney Tipton 2, Monique Anderson 3, Jacque Wiseman 6, Breanna Jackson 3, Sarah Robinson 11, Kennedy Atwood 2, and Kennedi Grindstaff 5.
Cherokee hosts #9 seed Robbinsville for the 2nd round on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6pm.
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