Published On: Mon, Dec 16th, 2013
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BASKETBALL: Cherokee tames Wildcats

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

 

To cap off a week of basketball – three games in four days – Cherokee’s varsity basketball teams swept Andrews at Charles George Arena on Friday, Dec. 13.  The Lady Braves (7-1) beat up on the Lady Wildcats 79-27 and the Braves (4-4) got to .500 on the year with a big 77-44 win.

 

Lady Braves 79 Andrews 27

Cherokee’s Avery Mintz (#22) jumps over Lady Wildcat Tamara Wright (#22) during Friday’s home game.  Mintz led Cherokee with 19pts.  (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)

Cherokee’s Avery Mintz (#22) jumps over Lady Wildcat Tamara Wright (#22) during Friday’s home game. Mintz led Cherokee with 19pts. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)

Defense was the name of the game for Cherokee as they held the Lady Wildcats to just 5 points in the first half.  Again, Cherokee won the game of possession with 21 steals compared to Andrews’ 0.  Kendall Toineeta led with 6 steals for the Lady Braves followed by Bree Stamper with 4.

Cherokee dominated the first half leading 25-2 after the first period and 45-5 at the half.  Cherokee’s bench got a lot of play in this game.  The second half was more of the same with the Lady Braves outscoring Andrews 34-22.

Cherokee’s Ashlyn Spicer fights for the ball with two Lady Wildcats including Tamara Wright (#22) and Jacqueline West (#12).

Cherokee’s Ashlyn Spicer fights for the ball with two Lady Wildcats including Tamara Wright (#22) and Jacqueline West (#12).

Avery Mintz led Cherokee with 19pts followed by Toineeta and Peri Wildcatt with 16 each.  As a team, Cherokee shot 51 percent compared to Andrews’ 24 percent.  Toineeta, who leads all of WNC in assists, had 6 in this game.

Other Lady Braves scorers included:  LeLe Lossiah 4, Stamper 2, Miranda Smith 3, Blake Wachacha 7, Ashlyn Spicer 2, Brionna Jumper 6, Kayla Pheasant 2 and Taran Swimmer 2.

Lady Wildcats scorers included:  Kati Trammel 5, Erika Griggs 2, Jacqueline West 11, Haley West 2, Destinee Mathis and Tiffany Holloway 6.

 

Braves 77 Andrews 44

Cherokee’s Dustin Johnson (#22) shoots a three-pointer during Friday’s game.  He led Cherokee with 24pts including going 4 of 8 from three-point land.

Cherokee’s Dustin Johnson (#22) shoots a three-pointer during Friday’s game. He led Cherokee with 24pts including going 4 of 8 from three-point land.

The Braves won the defensive game and thus won the game.  Cherokee had 20 steals compared to Andrews’ 0 with Darius Thompson and Raven Frankiewicz, who leads all of WNC with steals, leading the way with 5 each.  Frankiewicz also had 7 rebounds.

Cherokee’s Jesse Toineeta (#21) goes for a shot around two Andrews defenders.

Cherokee’s Jesse Toineeta (#21) goes for a shot around two Andrews defenders.

This game started relatively close with the Braves holding a small 16-11 lead after the first period, but they blew up in the second period outscoring Andrews by 17 to take a 47-25 lead into the locker room.  Andrews would come back some in the third period outscoring Cherokee by 3 (14-11), but a solid 19-5 fourth period sealed the win for the Braves.

Dustin Johnson poured in 24pts to lead Cherokee.  As a team, Cherokee shot 49 percent from the field while holding Andrews to 32 percent.

Other Braves scorers included:  Jason McMillan 7, Brandt Sutton 2, Frankiewicz 4, Kennan Panther 4, Thompson 22, Jesse Toineeta 10, Chris Queen 2 and Eli Littlejohn 2.

Andrews scorers included:  Zack Long 3, Chase Hardin 10, Dakota Bateman 4, Jacob Whitaker 2, Seth Pyle 2, Logan Allen 7 and Aaron DeVore 6.

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