By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
Chris Mintz, Cherokee Lady Braves head basketball coach, was named co-Big Smoky Mountain Conference Coach of the Year along with Murphy’s Ray Gutierrez. This season, the Lady Braves were co-BSMC regular season champions with Murphy and they were runner-up in the conference tournament. Murphy’s Jessica Beckner was named Player of the Year.
Cherokee’s Tori Teesateskie, junior, and Shelby Wolfe, senior, were both named to the All-Conference team. For the year, Teeesateskie, who surpassed the 1,000 point mark for her career this season, averaged 15.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She finished with 298 points, 72 rebounds, 42 assists, and 40 steals. Wolfe averaged 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She ended the season with 216 points, 119 rebounds, and 25 steals.
Three other members of the Lady Braves team were named Honorable Mention All-Conference including: Raylen Bark, Timiyah Brown, and Deante Toineeta. For the season, Bark, a sophomore, averaged 10.1 points and 1.9 steals per game and finished with 192 points, 56 assists, and 37 steals. Brown, a senior, averaged 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game and finished with a total of 124 points, 42 rebounds, and 29 assists. Toineeta, a freshman, averaged 11.9 points and 2.5 assists per game. She finished with 227 points, 48 assists, and 24 steals.
Other selections for the BSMC All-Conference team included: Hailea Ricket, Hayesville; Jessica Buckner, Murphy; Aubrey Clapsaddle, Murphy; Sydni Addison, Murphy; Cambrie Lovin, Robbinsville; Erin Teesateskie, Robbinsville; Gracy Briggs, Rosman; and Lynsey Hicks, Swain County.
Other All-Conference Honorable Mention selections included: Kenzie Gunter, Andrews; Savanna Annis, Hayesville; Makayla Anderson, Hayesville; Jade Patterson, Hayesville; Ellie Martin, Murphy; Hailey Thompson, Murphy; Mickayla Morgan, Robbinsville; Liz Ayers, Robbinsville; Sierra Wachacha; Robbinsville; Ashlyn Dodson, Rosman; and Grace Cabe, Swain County.