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The Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Midway Green Waves split a pair of games Thursday at Midway.
The Lady Jackets opened the evening with a 26-16 victory in the girls game then Midway followed with a 39-35 victory in the final game of the evening.
The story of the girls game was Cherokee’s Kallie Sampson. Sampson outscored Midway by herself on the night as she ended the evening with three three-pointers and 18 points.
Sampson, however, scored only three points in the first period as Midway led 6-5 after one period of play. Callie Leffew and Macy Hines scored three points each for Midway in the opening frame.
Sampson took over in the second period as she scored eight points in leading Cherokee to a 14-8 lead at halftime.
Sampson added five more points to her tally in the third quarter as the Lady Jackets used a 7-5 advantage in the frame to take a 21-12 lead into the fourth quarter.
Midway would be unable to rally in the final period as Cherokee picked up the 10-point victory.
Cherokee (26) Sampson 18, Layne 1, Garrett 1, Nunley 6.
Midway (16) Taylor 2, Bertram 4, Leffew 3, Hines 3, Sohm 2, Colyer 2.
Thursday’s game was close throughout, but in the end free throw shooting was the difference as Midway outscored Cherokee 14-1 at the charity stripe in picking up the 39-35 victory.
Cherokee led for much of the first quarter, including a 10-8 advantage after six minutes of play.
Tyler Thompson (5 points) and Riley Adcock (4 points) combined for nine of Cherokee’s points in the opening period while four different players scored for Midway.
Midway cut one point off Cherokee’s lead in the second quarter as the Yellow Jackets led 16-15 at halftime.
The scoring pace picked up a bit in the third period as Midway used an 11-9 advantage in the period to take a 26-25 lead into the final period of play.
Adcock and Midway’s Jason Gaus scored four points each in the period.
Things remained tight in the final period, but Midway hit 6 of 7 free trows in the frame to hold on for the four-point victory.
Gaus led Midway on the night with 11 points while Adcock scored 10 for Cherokee.
Cherokee (35) Brown 2, Donathan 6, Thompson 7, Martin 3, Hughes 3, Edmonds 2, Anderson 2, Adcock 10.
Midway (39) Woody 5, Hashmi 7, Edwards 3, Schommer 2, Gaus 11, Hester 2, Dishner 7, Colyer 2.