Published On: Tue, Jan 19th, 2010

Lady Braves win three, remain undefeated


Tahnee Arkansas plays hard defense against Andrews last week. She scored 11 points as the Lady Braves beat the Lady Wildcats 68-39. (Photos courtesy of Debora Foerst)

The still-undefeated Cherokee Lady Braves won three games this past week, but somehow managed to fall one spot to #10 in the Freeman Rankings of NC 1-A schools as of Sunday.  Cherokee crushed Andrews and Blue Ridge and managed to hold off Highlands to go to 11-0 on the season.

Cherokee started off the week in good form as they defeated the Lady Wildcats of Andrews 68-39 on Thursday, Jan. 14.  Celine Lambert led the way with 15 points and 6 assists.  She was followed by Tahnee Arkansas with 11 points and Rayna Davis with 11 points, 7 assists, and 6 steals.

Other Lady Braves scorers included:  Kayla Smith 2, Jordyn Thompson 5, Hannah Youngdeer 2, Paige Jackson 5 (6 steals), Megan Wilnoty 3 (called up from JV for this game), Alexis Maney 7 (4 steals), and Tashina Martin 7 (5 rebounds).

Two days later, Cherokee crushed Blue Ridge 64-15.  The Lady Braves’ top scorer on the night, Casey Driver, has just two points less (13) than the entire Blue Ridge team.  Other Lady Braves scorers included:  Lambert 3, Arkansas 6, Teria Morgan 2 (called up from JV for this game), Youngdeer 4, Davis 9, P. Jackson 6, Thompson 5, Martin 5, Smith 3 (5 rebounds), Maney 6 (13 rebounds), and Meshay Long 2 (called up from JV for this game).

Casey Driver plays defense against Blue Ridge. She scored 13 points in the game; only two less than the entire Blue Ridge squad as the Lady Braves won 64-15.

Cherokee had a much closer game on Saturday, Jan. 16, but they managed to keep their unbeaten status intact as they squeezed by Highlands 55-52.  Arkansas led Cherokee with 15 points and 10 rebounds followed by Lambert with 13 points and 5 steals.  Other Lady Braves scorers included:  Davis 7 (5 rebounds), P. Jackson 12, Driver 2, and Thompson 6.