Lady Jackets pick up close wins

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By Goose Lindsay


The Cherokee Lady Yellow Jackets picked up a pair of wins last week in differing fashions.

First up was a home game against Philadelphia and Ashlee Brackett’s squad needed a fourth quarter rally and then overtime to knock off the Lady Warriors, 35-30.

The second win was at Meigs County and this time the Lady Jackets had to hold off the Lady Tigers in picking up a 42-36 victory.

Cherokee vs. Philadelphia

Cherokee trailed after three periods, but tied the game in the fourth and then dominated the extra period to pick up a 35-30 victory.

The first quarter was low scoring as Cherokee led 6-3 after one period of play.

The second quarter was also low scoring, but this tile it would be the Lady Warriors winning the period 9-4 to take a 12-10 lead at halftime.

Abby Wilson led the way for Cherokee in the first half with six points.

Wilson scored four more points in the third period, but Philadelphia added a point to their lead in the frame, taking a 19-16 lead into the final period of play.

Cherokee, however, had their best offensive period of the night in the fourth quarter. The Lady Jackets scored 12 points in the final frame to pull even at 28-all at the end of regulation.

Gianni Manfredi led the fourth quarter charge with five points.

Overtime belonged to Cherokee as Meredith Garrett scored six points, and the Lady Jackets won the extra frame 7-2 to pick up the 35-30 victory.

Wilson led Cherokee on the night with 14 points while Garrett added 10.

Cherokee (35) Robinson 4, Gaines 2, Manfredi 5, Garrett 10, Wilson 14.

Cherokee vs. 

Meigs County

The Lady Jackets didn’t need overtime, but their game at Decatur was till close with Cherokee winning, 42-36.

Cherokee got off to another slow start as they trailed 10-5 after one period of play.

The Lady Jackets did win the second period, 10-8, but still trailed at halftime, 18-15.

Wilson led Cherokee in the first half with eight points while Garrett added four.

The third quarter would see the Lady Jackets catch fire. 

Shannon Gaines scored six points in the frame and Wilson added five as Cherokee outscored the Lady Tigers 18-6 in the final period to make the score 33-24 entering the final period of play.

Cherokee cooled off a bit in the final period, scoring just nine points, but Meigs County couldn’t make up the deficit as the Lady Jackets headed home with a six-point victory.

Manfredi scored seven of Cherokee’s nine points in the fourth quarter.

Wilson (14 points), Manfredi (11 points) and Gaines (9 points) paced Cherokee on the evening.

The Lady Jackets hit the floor again Monday with a home game against North Middle.

Cherokee (42) Wilson 14, Gaines 9, Underwood 2, Garrett 6, Manfredi 11.