By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
WINSTON-SALEM – The Cherokee Lady Braves (25-4) ended their season in the 1A West Regional Finals on Saturday, March 7 in Winston-Salem. Cherokee took the Runner-Up plaque in the Region after losing to the Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix 63-34.
Lady Braves seniors Kendall Toineeta and Reagan Barnard were named to the All-Regional Tournament team for their play on Friday and Saturday.
After the game, Chris Mintz, Lady Braves head coach, reflected on the Lady Braves season. “It was a really nice season. The kids are great, and they did everything we asked them to do. I was proud of them and their effort all year long. To be able to get this far is a testament to them because we’re lacking size, and it is just hard to get here every year.”
In looking ahead, Coach Mintz related, “We’re losing a bunch of players in a good set of five seniors. We have three freshmen that played a lot this year, and we have a middle school team that went 17-1 so we have some talent coming.”
Cherokee fell behind early in Saturday’s Regional final. Winston-Salem scored the first six points of the game. Toineeta scored the first basket of the game for Cherokee at the 5:27 mark in the first. She would finish the game with 11 points. The Phoenix extended their lead to 13-3 at the 3:41 mark and ended up leading 29-5 at the end of the period.
The second period was much the same with Winston-Salem taking a 30-point (39-9) lead midway through. They would go on to lead 52-16 at the half.
Not much happened on either side of the ball in the third period. Neither team scored until the 2:53 mark, and Winston-Salem barely outscored Cherokee 5-4 for the period to take a 57-20 lead into the fourth.
The Lady Braves didn’t quit though and actually outscored the Phoenix 14-6 in the final eight minutes, but it was too much of a lead as Winston-Salem took the win 63-34.
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