Jackets battle 'Cats

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By Nick Williams

Cherokee battled with Sweetwater Tuesday night and split with the Wildcats.  

The Lady Jackets cruised to a 29-14 victory led by Rachel Baggett and Piper Nunley.  The boys were led by Jake Reynolds and Tyler Thurman, but came up a little short in the fourth quarter losing by a final score of 32-30.

Girls Game

Sweetwater won the tip and got a quick two points to start the game.  Cherokee came right down the floor and answered with a basket of their own and picked it up on the defensive end of the floor holding the Lady Wildcats to just one more score the rest of the 1st.  Cherokee grabbed the lead and ended the first winning 8-4.  

Neither team could get anything going as both teams really ramped up the defense in the second quarter.  Cherokee led going into halftime, 9-5.  

Coming out of the half, the Lady Jackets continued the good defense but could not get anything to fall on the other end of the floor. Midway through the period, Nunley with a put back sparked the Cherokee offense that then laid it on the Wildcats late and pushed the lead to 10 points.  

The Lady Jackets continued the pressure defense in the fourth, and had their best offensive quarter of the game as they went on to the 15-point victory.

Baggett led Kingston on the night with 15 points and seven rebounds while Nunley added eight points and seven rebounds.

Cherokee (29) Baggett 15, Wilson 1, Nunley 8, Gaines 2, Manfredi 3.

Boys Game

Cherokee won the tip and both teams came out on a mission playing good physical ball.  The Jackets came out on top at the end of the first quarter leading 9-7.  

In the second quarter, Tyler Thurman came in and got a quick two points that sparked a five-point run. Late in the period, the Jackets made the extra pass to really push the lead to 21-12 at halftime.

Sweetwater started out the third quarter on a 5-2 run to help close the gap. The Jackets had a tough time in the period, but Cameron Hardin got his first points of the game to extend the lead back to eight points heading to the fourth quarter.  

Sweetwater started out the fourth with a 6-0 run to pull within two points. The Jackets were never able to stop the bleeding as Sweetwater rallied for a 32-30 victory.

Reynolds led Cherokee on the night with nine points while Thurman added eight.

 Cherokee (30) Reynolds 9, Hardin 4, Walden 3, Borum 2, Thurman 8, Spellman 4.