By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
The Lady Braves (17-4, 11-0) set a goal at the beginning of the season, and they met that goal on Friday night with a big 73-52 home win over Rosman (12-9, 4-7). With that win, Cherokee won the Smoky Mountain Conference regular season title.
“That’s one of the things that we set at the beginning of the year was to win the Conference championship first, and it was nice to do that,” said Chris Mintz, Lady Braves head coach, whose team is on a five game winning steak. “We’ve got one more game (at Swain, Tuesday, Feb. 9) and we go through the Conference undefeated so that’s pretty good.”
Friday’s game started slowly with both teams missing shots early.
“I don’t think it was one of our best performances,” said Chris Mintz. “We had a couple of spurts that kind of got us a nice lead, but as an overall game, I don’t think we played really well.”
Cherokee scored first and led 6-2 three minutes into the first period. At the 2:51 mark of the first, they still led by four points (10-6). From that point, both teams got going and scored a combined 14 points until the end of the period.
Tori Teesateskie, Lady Braves freshman guard, hit a three-point shot at the buzzer of the first to give Cherokee an 18-12 lead. She led Cherokee on the night with 21 points. In all, four Lady Braves were in double figures including Teesateskie, LeLe Lossiah 13, Pooh King 16 and Shelby Wolfe 12.
In the second period, the Lady Braves began to extend their lead. They outscored the Lady Tigers 7-2 in the first two minutes to take a 25-14 lead. Cherokee would keep an 11-point lead for most of the period and ended up leading by 13 (33-20) at the break.
The Lady Braves came out for the third period on fire and outscored Rosman 10-2 in the first few minutes to take a 43-22 lead. Midway through the third, Cherokee had extended that lead to 26 points (51-25).
Rosman picked it up in the last three minutes of the third outscoring Cherokee 11-6 and the Lady Braves took a 57-36 lead in the final period.
The Lady Braves put their stamp on the game in the first two minutes of the fourth period by going on a 6-0 run to lead 63-36. They would go on to take the 73-52 win and the Conference title.
Other Cherokee scorers included: Macie Welch 3, Carla Wolfe 1, Jamie Lossiah 2, Brionna Jumper 1 and Timiyah Brown 4.
Rosman scorers included: Callie Chappell 17, Alicia Lewis 2, Gracy Briggs 14, MaKenna Mann 2, Allie Whitmire 4, Haley Parker 2, Rachel Queen 9 and Marissa Henson 2.
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