Cherokee picks up South of the River sweep

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By Goose Lindsay


Neighborhood rivals Midway and Cherokee got together Tuesday evening at Midway, and it was a good night for the Jackets and Lady Jackets as they took a pair of games from the home team.

The first game of the evening wasn’t that close as Cherokee used a big second half on their way to a 51-23 victory.

The final game of the evening was closer, but Cherokee prevailed by a final score of 41-36.

Girls Game

The Lady Waves gave Cherokee all they wanted for a half, but the Lady Jackets dominated the final two periods of play on their way to a 28-point victory.

The first period was fairly high scoring with the Lady Jackets holding a 14-8 lead at the end of the frame.

Abby Wilson (8 points) and Gianna Manfredi (5 points) combined for 13 of Cherokee’s points in the opening quarter while Caitlyn Ross scored five for the Lady Waves.

Both offenses continued to play well in the second quarter. This time, the Lady Waves won the period 11-10 to close the gap to 24-19 at halftime.

Midway’s Paige Bacon led all scorers in the second period with seven points.

Cherokee’s offense stayed hot in the third period, but Midway couldn’t keep up. Led by four points from Manfredi, the Lady Jackets outscored the Lady Waves 15-3 in the frame to take a commanding 39-22 lead into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter played out like the third as Cherokee won the frame 12-1 to put the finishing touches on their 51-23 victory.

Eight players scored for Cherokee on the night with Wilson (15 points) and Manfredi (13 points) leading the charge.

Ross and Bacon scored 10 points each to lead the Lady Waves.

Cherokee (51) Robinson 3, Manfredi 13, Wilson 15, Garrett 4, Brown 4, Workman 5, Pankey 5, Underwood 2.

Midway (23) Ross 10, Bacon 10, Mims 1, Shultz 2.

Boys Game

A big second half was also the key to victory for Cherokee in the final game of the evening.

The Jackets trailed 15-13 at intermission, but outscored Midway 28-21 in the second half to pick up the win.

Midway started quick as they grabbed a 9-4 lead after six minutes of play. The Jackets turned the table on the Green Wave in the second quarter. Cherokee won the stanza 9-6 to pull within 15-13 at halftime.

Midway’s Dalton Beason and Cherokee’s Tyler Thurman were the leading scorers at halftime with six points each.

Cherokee, however, caught fire from downtown in the third quarter. Matt Spellman drained three three-pointers and Austin Key added a fourth as the Jackets took a 31-25 lead into the final period of play.

Skyan Lyle buried a triple and scored five points for Midway in the third quarter.

Midway did outscore the Jackets 11-10 in the final quarter, but they were unable to recover from Cherokee’s three-point barrage in the third quarter.

Spellman (13 points) and Thurman (10 points) scored in double figures for Cherokee on the night while Lyle led the Green Wave with a game-high 16 points.

Cherokee (41) Thurman 10, Spellman 13, Plemens 6, Poole 5, Jones 2, Key 5.

Midway (36) Parks 6, Moser 2, Lyle 16, Beason 8, Hester 4.