Published On: Mon, Jan 4th, 2010

Lady Braves win Battle of the Border


The Cherokee Lady Braves won the Battle of the Border Basketball Classic in Landrum, SC on Wednesday, Dec. 30. (Photos courtesy of Debora Foerst)


– The Cherokee Lady Braves dismantled their opponents en route to winning the 2009 Battle of the Border Classic held Dec. 28-30.  The Lady Braves defeated Spartanburg (SC) Christian Academy 62-49 in the championship game held Wednesday, Dec. 30 and Tahnee Arkansas and Paige Jackson earned All-Tournament team honors. 

                Cherokee got things going well on the first day of the tournament as they defeated Woodruff, a North Carolina 2A school, 70-56.  Tashina Martin led the way for the Lady Braves with 16 points.  Rayna Davis had 14 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 4 steals and Paige Jackson had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steals. 

                Other Lady Braves scorers in the Woodruff game included:  Elizabeth Wahnetah 2 (10 assists), Kayla Smith 4, Celine Lambert 4, Casey Driver 5, Jordyn Thompson 13, Alexis Maney 1. 

Paige Jackson (left) and Tahnee Arkansas received All-Tournament Team honors.

               The Lady Braves kept things going in the semi-finals as they beat East Rutherford, a North Carolina 3A school, 54-41.  Tahnee Arkansas led the way with 13 points and 6 rebounds followed by Elizabeth Wahnetah with 12 points.  Paige Jackson played another pivotal role in this game having 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals. 

                Other Lady Braves scorers in the East Rutherford game included:  Celine Lambert 5 (5 steals), Rayna Davis 4, Tashina Martin 8 (5 steals), Alexis Maney 3.

                In the championship game against Spartanburg Christian, a South Carolina 3A school, Tahnee Arkansas poured in 21 points as they Lady Braves cruised to victory.  Other Cherokee scorers included:  Elizabeth Wahnetah 6 (9 assists), Paige Jackson 7, Celine Lambert 4 (4 steals), Rayna Davis 4 (8 rebounds), Tashina Martin 8, Kayla Smith 2, Jordyn Thompson 6, Trae Crowe 2.