By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
The Cherokee Lady Braves (14-4, 8-0) remained unbeaten in the Big Smoky Mountain Conference by draining three-point shots all night in a home game against the Hayesville Yellow Jackets (5-12, 1-6) on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Cherokee scored 48 of its 77 points on the night with three-point shots as they rode away with a huge 77-31 win.
“I thought we played really well in the first half,” said Chris Mintz, Lady Braves head coach. “We passed the ball really well. Defensively, that’s probably as good as we’ve played in awhile.”
Coach Mintz said three Cherokee players were back from injury for this game. “It’s good to be able to get them some good minutes and get them back into the flow and get ourselves ready for what’s about to come up.”
Cherokee jumped out on top early in this game in which they never trailed. Bree Stamper, senior point guard, hit three early three-point shots as the Lady Braves moved the ball well in the first few minutes and took a 13-2 lead at the 5:04 mark of the first period. Stamper led Cherokee with 19 points including five three-pointers.
From there, they went on an 8-0 run and lead 21-2 at the 2:58 mark. Cherokee ended up taking a 24-5 lead to the second period.
The Lady Braves kept the pressure up extending their lead to 38-12 with just under three minutes left in the second, and they took a 43-16 lead into the locker room.
Shots came hard for both teams coming out for the third period and three minutes in the score was only 46-21. After that, Cherokee heated up and went on a 10-1 run to lead 56-22 with 2:28 left in the third. They went on to lead 61-26 going into the fourth.
At the 6:53 mark of the fourth, Le Le Lossiah, Cherokee senior guard, hit a three-point shot to put the Lady Braves up 67-26 thereby invoking the NCHSAA mercy rule. Lossiah was one of four Lady Braves in double figures for the game including Stamper, Tori Teesateskie 12, and Pooh King 14.
Cherokee cruised on for the big 77-31 win.
Other Cherokee scorers included: Carla Wolfe 2, Shelby Wolfe 4, Jamie Lossiah 3, Jordan Maney 5 and Timiyah Brown 6.
Hayesville scorers included: Savannah Annis 11, Emily Thurmond 1, Emma Cox 2, Emory Patton 2, Makayla Anderson 8, Megan Woody 5 and Kimonta Lloyd 2.
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