Cherokee Lady Chiefs finish in second place in conference tournament

The Cherokee Lady Chiefs finished in second place for the second straight year in the Cherokee Strip Conference Tournament.

The tournament looked a little different from years past with two junior varsity squads on the girls side and one on the boys’ squad.

The Timberlake Lady Tigers and Burlington Elks were both forced to sit out this year’s tournament due to quarantine rules from Covid-19 exposures.

The Lady Chiefs took on DCLA in game one of the tournament on Thursday and won 69-18.

Cherokee outscored the Lady Eagles 23-2 in the first quarter, 9-4 in the second, 23-4 in the third and 14-8 in the fourth.

Leading the way for the Lady Chiefs was Abby Guffy with 27 points. Also scoring were Madison Wheeler, 12; Gracie Leslie, 11; Riley Hensley, 8; Gaby Solis, 4; Carson Schanbacher, 4; and Raylen Weve, 3.

On day two of the tournament, they faced off against Kremlin-Hillsdale and came away with the 48-31 victory.

Cherokee led 8-7 after one and the lead was pushed to 22-11 at half. The lead was extended to 36-13 going into the fourth quarter, where Cherokee outscored the Lady Broncs 12-11.

Leading the way for Cherokee was Guffy with 20 points. Also scoring were Leslie, 11; Solis, 6; Schanbacher, 6; Weve, 3; and Hall, 2.

Cherokee advanced to play the Lomega Lady Raiders in the championship game. Lomega secured their sixth straight championship by winning 87-34.

Cherokee trailed 7-26 at the end of one quarter, 18-46 at half, 26-62 at the end of three and the final score was 87-34.

Leading Cherokee was Leslie with 12 points. Also scoring were Guffy, 9; Macy Goodwin, 4; Weve, 3; Solis, 2; Wheeler, 2; and Hall, 2.

On the boys’ side of the tournament, the Lomega Raiders took home top honors, defeating Ringwood in the championship game.

The Cherokee Chiefs finished in third place after defeating Kremlin-Hillsdale 39-30.

Cherokee faced Lomega JV in the first game of the tournament.

Cherokee led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and the lead was cut to 27-21 at half. Cherokee outscored the Raiders 30 to 5 in the second half to secure the victory.

Leading Cherokee was Gabe Wyatt with 14 points. Also scoring were Jade Jantzen, 11; Kolby Roberts, 7; Damein Lobato, 6; Ruston James, 6; Treavor Green, 4; Noah Leslie, 3; Damien Ramirez, 2; Quentin Gibson, 2; and Aaron Peffly, 2.

On day two of the tournament, Cherokee faced top seeded Lomega and fell 60-18.

Cherokee was outscored 23-6 in the first, 20-8 in the second, 9-0 in the third and 8-4 in the fourth.

Leading Cherokee was James with 6 points. Also scoring were Aiden Sanborn, 4; Roberts, 2; Wyatt, 2; and Green, 1.

The Chiefs faced off against Kremlin-Hillsdale in the third place game and came away with the 39-30 victory.

Cherokee led 6-5 in the first and that lead was pushed to 19-17 going into half time. A defensive third quarter saw Cherokee’s lead get pushed to 29-19. The Broncs outscored Cherokee 11-10 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to gain the victory for Kremlin-Hillsdale.

Leading Cherokee was Noah Leslie with 12 points. Also scoring for Cherokee were Wyatt, 10; James, 4; Lobato, 3; Jantzen, 3; Roach, 2; Ramirez, 2; and Houston Bockeman, 1.

The Cherokee JV girls’ team and Timberlake Tiger team both competed in the consolation games.

Cherokee JV girls’ team faced the top seeded Lomega Lady Raider team in the first game and fell 97-20.

Leading Cherokee were Anna Alvarez and Gabriella Herrera both with 7 points. Also scoring were Lexi Williams, 3; Korey Dooley, 2; and Sophia Cantellay, 1.

In game two, they squeaked a victory over the Kremlin-Hillsdale Lady Broncs JV team, by a score of 32-30.
Leading Cherokee was Alvarez with 12. Also scoring were Maryanne Heim, 9; Bethany Landrum, 4; Williams, 2; Dooley, 2; Cantellay, 2; and Herrera, 1.

In the final game of  the tournament, the Lady Chiefs faced Medford and fell 30-19.

Leading Cherokee was Alvarez with 12. Also scoring were Heim, 4; Williams, 2; and Dooley, 1.

The Tigers faced Kremlin-Hillsdale and fell in a nail biter 49-45 fashion.

Leading Timberlake was Cade Redding with 17. Also scoring were Cade Severin, 6; J.J. Pippin, 6; Ethan Jenlink, 4; Pete Gwinn, 2; and Dylan Schlup, 2.

In game two they defeated Medford 53-50 to advance to the consolation game.

Leading Timberlake was Redding with 21. Also scoring were Jenlink, 15; Chase Pierce, 4; McCoy, 3; Gwinn, 2; Schlup, 2; Pippin, 1; and Severin, 1.

In the consolation game, the Tigers suffered a loss in another nail-biter game against DCLA. The Eagles won 43-42.

Redding was the leading scorer for Timberlake with 15 points. Also scoring were Pippin, 11; McCoy, 8; Jenlink, 3; Pierce, 3; and Schlup, 2.

The scores from the tournament are as follows:

Championship

Girls

Lomega 87, Cherokee 34

L 26 20 16 25 – 87

C 7 11 8 8 – 43

CHS: Leslie, 12; Guffy, 9; Goodwin, 4; Weve, 3; Solis, 2; Wheeler, 2; Hall, 2.

Boys

Lomega 57, Ringwood 29

Third Place

Girls

Kremlin-H 46, Ringwood 29

Boys

Cherokee 39, Kremlin-H 30

C 6 13 10 10 – 39

K 5 12 2 11 – 30

CHS: Leslie, 12; Wyatt, 10; James, 4; Jantzen, 3; Lobato, 3; Roach, 2; Ramirez, 2; Bockeman, 1.

Consolation

Girls

Medford 30, Cherokee JV 19

M 2 13 7 8 – 30

C 6 5 2 6 – 19

CHS: Alvarez, 12; Heim, 4; Williams, 2; Dooley, 1.

Boys

DCLA 43, Timberlake 42

D 8 10 13 12 – 43

T 10 4 16 12 – 42

THS: Redding, 15; Pippin, 11; McCoy, 8; Jenlink, 3; Pierce, 3; Schlup, 2.

Seventh Place

Girls

K-Hillsdale JV 30, DCLA 20

Boys

Medford 61, Lomega JV 45

Day Two

Girls

Medford 31, DCLA 14

Lomega 87, Ringwood 42

Cherokee JV 32, Kremlin-H JV 30

C 10 10 10 18 – 48

B 11 8 6 20 – 45

CHS: Alvarez, 12; Heim, 9; Landrum, 4; Williams, 2; Dooley, 2; Cantellay, 2; Herrera, 1.

Cherokee 48, Kremlin-H 31

C 8 14 14 12 – 48

K 7 6 7 11 – 31

CHS: Guffy, 20; Leslie, 11; Solis, 6; Schanbacher, 6; Weve, 3; Hall, 2.

Boys

Timberlake 53, Medford 50

T 9 15 8 13 8 – 53

M 11 6 12 6 5 – 50

THS: Redding, 21; Jenlink, 15; Pierce, 4; McCoy, 3; Gwinn, 2; Schlup, 2; Pippin, 1; Severin, 1.

Lomega 60, Cherokee 18

L 23 20 9 8 – 60

C 6 8 0 4 – 18

CHS: James, 6; Sanborn, 4; Roberts, 2; Wyatt, 2; Green, 1.

DCLA 57, Lomega JV 22

Ringwood 65, K-Hillsdale 38

Day One

Girls

Lomega 97, Cherokee JV 20

L 33 25 29 10 – 97

C 4 2 6 8 – 20

CHS: Alvarez, 7; Herrera, 7; Williams, 3; Dooley, 2; Cantellay, 1.

Cherokee 69, DCLA 18

C 23 9 23 14 – 69

D 2 4 4 8 – 18

CHS: Guffy, 27; Wheeler, 12; Leslie, 11; Hensley, 8; Solis, 4; Schanbacher, 4; Weve, 3.

Ringwood 54, K-Hillsdale JV 21

K-Hillsdale 39, Medford 21

Boys

Cherokee 58, Lomega JV 26

C 15 12 13 17 – 58

L 8 13 5 0 26

CHS: Wyatt, 14; Jantzen, 11; Roberts, 7; Lobato, 6; James, 6; Green, 4; Leslie, 3; Ramirez, 2; Gibson, 2; Peffly, 2.

K-Hillsdale 49, Timberlake 45

K 12 11 14 12 – 49

T 11 10 12 12 – 45

THS: Redding, 17; Severin, 6; Pippin, 6; Jenlink, 5; McCoy, 4; Gwinn, 2; Schlup, 2.

Lomega 93, DCLA 22

Ringwood 48, Medford 35

All-Tournament

Girls

• Cherokee: Abby Guffy and Gracie Leslie.

• Lomega: Emma Duffy, Darci Roberts and Sydni Wallace.

• MVP: Aby Wilson, Lomega.

Boys

• Cherokee: Ruston James.

• Lomega: Dillon Fisher and Blake Snowden.

• Ringwood: Cole Weather and Aaron Baker.

• MVP: Noah Snowden, Lomega.

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