By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
MURPHY – Cherokee (11-0) scored 1/10th of their total points in the first minute as they jumped on the Lady Bulldogs of Murphy 72-34 on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Cherokee, who remained unbeaten on the season with the big win, was led by seniors Kendall Toineeta and LeLe Lossiah who scored 25 and 14 points respectively.
“In the first half, I thought we played pretty good,” said Chris Mintz, Lady Braves head coach. “Then, it became sort of a blowout so it was an ugly game in the second half, but a win is a win and that’s the main thing right now.”
The Lady Braves came out swinging and led 7-0 after just 60 seconds and led 17-6 midway through the first period. Cherokee led 25-13 at the end of the first.
The Lady Braves kept their stifling defense going in the second period and scored the first 12 points to take a 37-13 lead just a few minutes in. In that period, the Lady Braves held Murphy to four points while scoring 19 of their own to take a 44-17 lead into the locker room.
Not much action happened in the third period as both teams scored six points, and Cherokee led 50-23 at the end of three. Both teams got it going a little more in the fourth period, and the Lady Braves outscored Murphy 22-11 to take the big win.
Other Lady Braves scorers included: Kaycee Lossiah 2, Bree Stamper 6, Shelby Wolfe 4, Reagan Barnard 7, Brionna Jumper 4, Tiffani Riggen 5, Timiyah Brown 2, and Tysha Sampson 3.
Murphy’s scorers included: Hailey Thompson 2, Katelyn Stiles 2, Elizabeth Cambranis 7, Emma Stroup 18, Hannah Carson 3 and Hayley Taylor 2.
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