Braves Win Again

Monday, January 20, 2020
Cherokee junior Teagan Slaughter battles for possession of the ball during prep action last Thursday against East Sac. Cherokee won the game and will host Alta-Aurelia here this Thursday and Storm Lake on Friday.
Photo By Denny Holton

Nine seasons have come and gone since Cherokee’s boys’ basketball team has won nine games.

In fact, the last time the Braves won nine or more games was the 2010-11 season when the team finished 10-11.

Thursday night the Braves of 2029-20 won their ninth game against four losses in defeating East Sac 62-47. The monkey is off the Braves’ back as they take a five-game winning streak hosting Alta-Aurelia on Thursday and Storm Lake on Friday this week.

Cherokee teams were schedule to play OABCIG tonight, but that game was postponed by OABCIG and rescheduled for Feb. 10.

In the girls’ opener of the coed doubleheader, Cherokee’s lady Braves scored 52 of its 64 points in the first half on the way to a continuous clock 64-30 win over East Sac and improved to 10-4 on the season.

The lady Braves received praise from head coach Brandon Slaughter. “I thought we shot well and shared the ball well offensively,” he said. “Our goal is simple. We want to try and get better every day.”

The lady Braves led at halftime 52-17. Leading Cherokee offensively was four players in double figures led by sophomore Lexi Pingel with 14, while Teagan Slaugher and Kenna Mongan had 13 each and JeMae Nichols netted 11.

Cherokee hit 23 of 43 goals, 112 of 25 threes and 6 of 11 free throws in logging the victory. Nichols and Slaughter led the Braves in boards with five each, while Slaughter had six assists and six steals.

Junior Maty Quirk led East Sac, 3-8, with 14 points.

In the boys’ fifth straight win, senior Ryan Hurd got 18 points and was supported by senior Alex Paulsrud with 10 and junior sharp shooter Brayden Farver with 10.

“I was really happy how we battled agains a good team tonight,” said Cherokee head coach Mark Hurd. “We stuck with th game plan and were determined to get the win. Our ball movement and defense determined the outscore.”

The Braves (9-4) and East Sac Raiders (6-4) battled even throughout much of the first half as the Braves turned a 16-15 first quarter lead into a 35-28 halftime edge.

Cherokee earned a 52-41 third quarter lead and went on to secure the win in a low scoring final frame with a 15-point final margin of victory.

Cherokee will host Alta-Aurelia on Thursday, a team that upset Storm Lake in overtime last week. Then on Friday, the Braves host Storm Lake, a team they lost to 69-61 earlier in the season.

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