Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2013

BASKETBALL: Lady Braves finish regular season strong

The Lady Braves (22-2), the Smoky Mountain Conference regular season champions, ended their regular season with two more wins and a perfect regular season in the conference.  They defeated Swain 69-50 on Monday, Feb. 11. 

Lady Braves’ Kendall Toineeta (#3) guards Swain’s Jordan Maples during a game at Swain on Monday, Feb. 11.  (DENISE WALKINGSTICK/One Feather contributor)

Lady Braves’ Kendall Toineeta (#3) guards Swain’s Jordan Maples during a game at Swain on Monday, Feb. 11. (DENISE WALKINGSTICK/One Feather contributor photos)

Avery Mintz led Cherokee with 20pts followed by Kendall Toineeta with 18.  This game started even and gradually got away from the Lady Maroon Devils.  Cherokee led 11-9 after the first period and held a 34-24 lead at halftime.  Cherokee outscored Swain 17-5 in the third period to seal the deal as the Lady Maroon Devils couldn’t come back in the fourth.

Other Lady Braves scorers included:  Jordyn Thompson 3, Bree Stamper 2, Lydia Lossiah 4, Miranda Smith 3, Alexis Maney 14 and Brianna Jumper 4.

Lady Maroon Devils scorers included:  Jordan Maples 30, Alea Tisho 4, Valerie Arkansas 11, Lydia Sale 4 and Melody Little 1.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Lady Braves poured in close to 100 points as they won their 22nd of the year 93-62.  Mintz led Cherokee with 24pts followed by Toineeta with 21.

Cherokee led 26-15 after the first period and 55-26 at the half.  Murphy came back a little in the third period outscoring the Lady Braves 21-15, but another 23pts in the final period sealed the game for Cherokee.

Other Lady Braves scorers included:  Bree Stamper 4, Jordyn Thompson 8, Le Le Lossiah 6, Brianna Jumper 4, Alexis Maney 16, Angel Squirrel 6 and Sabrina Wooten 4.

Lady Bulldogs scorers included:  Hannah Setzer 6, Leah Palmer 6, Sarah Nicely 9, Hannah Carson 9, Kendra Henry 21 and Taryn Blount 11.

The Braves (12-10) lost a heartbreaker in overtime 64-53, after leading through three periods, to Swain on Monday, Feb. 11.  Seth Littlejohn led Cherokee with 13pts.

Cherokee led 18-13 after the first period and 34-25 at the half.  They extended that lead to 42-31 after the third period.  Swain outscored Cherokee 17-6 to tie the game and send it to overtime.  The Maroon Devils dominated in overtime outscoring the Braves 16-5 to take the win.

Braves’ leading scorer Seth Littlejohn (#5) goes for a jump shot as Swain’s Corbin Panther (#34) defends during Monday’s game at Swain.

Braves’ leading scorer Seth Littlejohn (#5) goes for a jump shot as Swain’s Corbin Panther (#34) defends during Monday’s game at Swain.

Other Braves scorers included:  Jesse Toineeta 8, Darius Thompson 6, Dustin Johnson 8, Eli Littlejohn 4, Brandt Sutton 4 and Raven Frankiwicz 10.

Maroon Devils scorers included:  Matthew Maennle 23, Greg Tisho 7, Raymius Smith 12, Corbin Panther 8, Clay Young 12 and Jamy Oocumma 2.

The Braves ended their regular season on a high note winning 73-50 over Murphy.  Seth Littlejohn led the way for Cherokee with 18pts.

The Braves dominated the first half, and took a 39-23 lead into the locker room.  They continued their assault in the third period outscoring the Bulldogs 22-9.  Murphy scored 18 in the final period, but it was not enough.

Other Braves scorers included:  Jesse Toineeta 9, Raven Frankiewicz 7, Darius Thompson 14, Dustin Johnson 7, Derrick Ledford 2, Jalon Lossiah 2, Chris Queen 4 and Eli Littlejohn 10.

Murphy scorers included:  Bradley Puccio 13, Dylan Ownbey 3, Kalin McRae 1, Bryan Ferguson 4, Chris Moore 2, Demarcus Hopson 12 and Trevor Crouch 15.

– ONE FEATHER STAFF REPORT

 

 

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