Published On: Sun, Mar 8th, 2015

BASKETBALL:  Lady Braves are Runner-Up in Western Region

Lady Braves head coach Chris Mintz and team captains Peri Wildcatt and Kendall Toineeta hold the plaque the team received on Saturday, March 7 for being the 1A West Regional Runner-Up.   (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)

Lady Braves head coach Chris Mintz and team captains Peri Wildcatt and Kendall Toineeta hold the plaque the team received on Saturday, March 7 for being the 1A West Regional Runner-Up. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)

 

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

 

WINSTON-SALEM – The Cherokee Lady Braves (25-4) ended their season in the 1A West Regional Finals on Saturday, March 7 in Winston-Salem.  Cherokee took the Runner-Up plaque in the Region after losing to the Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix 63-34.

Lady Braves seniors Kendall Toineeta and Reagan Barnard were named to the All-Regional Tournament team for their play on Friday and Saturday.

After the game, Chris Mintz, Lady Braves head coach, reflected on the Lady Braves season.  “It was a really nice season.  The kids are great, and they did everything we asked them to do.  I was proud of them and their effort all year long.  To be able to get this far is a testament to them because we’re lacking size, and it is just hard to get here every year.”

In looking ahead, Coach Mintz related, “We’re losing a bunch of players in a good set of five seniors.  We have three freshmen that played a lot this year, and we have a middle school team that went 17-1 so we have some talent coming.”

Lady Braves seniors Kendall Toineeta and Reagan Barnard were named to the 1A West All-Regional Tournament team on Saturday, March 7 in Winston-Salem.  The two have also been named to the Blue-White All-Star game set for Saturday, March 21 at Roberson.

Lady Braves seniors Kendall Toineeta and Reagan Barnard were named to the 1A West All-Regional Tournament team on Saturday, March 7 in Winston-Salem. The two have also been named to the Blue-White All-Star game set for Saturday, March 21 at Roberson.

Cherokee fell behind early in Saturday’s Regional final.  Winston-Salem scored the first six points of the game.  Toineeta scored the first basket of the game for Cherokee at the 5:27 mark in the first.  She would finish the game with 11 points.  The Phoenix extended their lead to 13-3 at the 3:41 mark and ended up leading 29-5 at the end of the period.

The second period was much the same with Winston-Salem taking a 30-point (39-9) lead midway through.  They would go on to lead 52-16 at the half.

Not much happened on either side of the ball in the third period.  Neither team scored until the 2:53 mark, and Winston-Salem barely outscored Cherokee 5-4 for the period to take a 57-20 lead into the fourth.

The Lady Braves didn’t quit though and actually outscored the Phoenix 14-6 in the final eight minutes, but it was too much of a lead as Winston-Salem took the win 63-34.

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Lady Braves seniors Kendall Toineeta and Reagan Barnard were named to the 1A West All-Regional Tournament team on Saturday, March 7 in Winston-Salem.  The two have also been named to the Blue-White All-Star game set for Saturday, March 21 at Roberson.

In her last game as a Lady Brave, Kendall Toineeta, senior point guard, drives past Winston-Salem Prep’s Jada Craig for a basket in the second half of Saturday’s 1A West Regional Final in Winston-Salem. Toineeta led Cherokee with 11 points.

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