Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

BASKETBALL:  Lady Braves open season in style

Cherokee’s Kendall Toineeta (#3) drives to the hoop for a lay-up following a steal at Blue Ridge on Friday, Dec. 5.  She led the Lady Braves with 28 points as Cherokee opened their season in style with a big 78-19 win.  (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Cherokee’s Kendall Toineeta (#3) drives to the hoop for a lay-up following a steal at Blue Ridge on Friday, Dec. 5. She led the Lady Braves with 28 points as Cherokee opened their season in style with a big 78-19 win. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

 

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

 

CASHIERS – The Cherokee Lady Braves (1-0) opened their 2014-15 season and their quest for a fifth straight sectional championship in style – with a huge road victory.  With 28 and 23 points respectively, Cherokee’s Kendall Toineeta and LeLe Lossiah both outscored the Blue Ridge Lady Bobcats as the Lady Braves got a huge 78-19 win on Friday, Dec. 5.

“It’s just great to get out there and play,” said Lady Braves head coach Chris Mintz.  “We haven’t played in a long time.  We started out slow, and then all of a sudden we cranked it up.  We just kept up the intensity the entire time, and they couldn’t match it.”

The game started relatively evenly, and Cherokee only led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter.  But, the second quarter was a completely different story.  The Lady Braves’ stifling defense held Blue Ridge to only one point in the second, and Cherokee took a commanding 50-13 lead into the locker room.

The third quarter was a little more even with Cherokee outscoring them 9-6, but then the Lady Braves put it away for good with a 19-0 fourth quarter.

Other Lady Braves scorers included:  Macie Welch 2, Bree Stamper 6, Shelby Wolfe 2, Sarai McMillan 3, Tiffany Riggen 2, and Timiyah Brown 12.

Blue Ridge scorers were:  Diane Ramirez 4, Anna Stewart 4, Savannah Heltsley 4, Kaylee O’Dwyer 3, and Ashlee O’Dwyer 4.

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http://onefeather.smugmug.com/SPORTS/BASKETBALL/LADY-BRAVES-BASKETBALL-201415/At-Blue-Ridge-December-5/

 

Following a hard foul late in the game, LeLe Lossiah takes two foul shots.  She ended the game with 23 points.

Following a hard foul late in the game, LeLe Lossiah takes two foul shots. She ended the game with 23 points.

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