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The Cherokee Lady Jackets started off swarming to the basket and buzzed past the Rockwood Lady Tigers en route to a 31-14 win Monday night.
Cherokee started strong with a 14-4 opening period. The Lady Tigers managed to whittle down the deficit a couple of points to 19-11 at halftime, but Cherokee pulled away with a 6-2 third period and a 6-1 final period to take the 31-14 win.
Cherokee dominated the boards, 35-24, and 13-7 in team steals.
Cherokee was led in scoring by Sydney Nunley (12 points, 9 boards), and Kalli Sampson (6 points). Tori Strahan (10 boards) and Taylor Thurman (9 boards) also turned in solid performances for the Lady Jackets.
Rockwood was led in scoring by Baylee Young (5 points, 11 boards) and Carson Evans (5 points).
Cherokee (31) Nunley 12, Sampson 6, Strahan 5, Thurman 5, Layne 3.
Rockwood (14) Young 5, Evans 5, Summerall 2, Hill 2.
According to the Ten Commandments, you're not supposed to steal, but in the case of the Rockwood Tigers, thievery proved to work out well for them as they used 15 team steals to cruise to a 44-27 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
Rockwood started off the game with a 9-5 lead in the first period. The second period is where the Tigers truly trounced the Jackets, tallying a 17-5 surge to take a 26-10 halftime lead.
Cherokee got within 13 points in at the end of the third period with the score at 36-23, but down the stretch, the Tigers pulled away to take the impressive 44-27 win.
The Tigers had a 33-26 edge on the boards, but where they really did in the Jackets was a 15-7 tilt in team steals.
Colby Turner led all scorers with 14 points and six boards while Kyron Inman (9 points, 9 boards). Jared Neerman (8 points, 9 boards) and Drake Long (8 points) also came up huge for the Tigers.
Cherokee was led in scoring by Brandon Donathan (6 points, 7 boards), Tyler Hughes (5 points), and Marcus Hutson (5 points) while Matty Martin and Riley Adcock (5 boards each) came up with solid efforts in defeat.
Rockwood (44) Turner 14, Inman 9, Neerman 8, Long 8, Cooper 3, Melton 1, Hicks 1.
Cherokee (27) Donathan 6, Hutson 5, Hughes 5, Martin 4, Sterling 4, Thompson 3.