ENID, Okla. — CHEROKEE 38, T-LAKE 26 (Boys)
The defending Cherokee Strip Conference Tournament champions opened their title defense with a 38-26 win over Timberlake Thursday.
The Chiefs (7-5), who now have won two out of three games this season against the Tigers (4-13), held a slim 21-20 lead at halftime, allowed only two points in the third period and then dominated the fourth period by outscoring Timberlake 12-4 to pull away for the win.
Cherokee was led in scoring by Avery Bagenstos’ eight points, move on to face Kremlin-Hillsdale in the boys semifinals at 5:40 p.m. today.
Brysen Seaman had a game-high 12 points for Timberlake, which falls to the consolation bracket and will play DCLA at 12:20 p.m. today.
KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 29 (Girls)
The Lady Elks (15-3) avenged an earlier loss this season to the Lady Broncs (7-8), defeating Kremlin-Hillsdale 48-29 in an opening round girls game on Thursday. Burlington has won 11 of its last 12 games, while Kremlin-Hillsdale has now lost six of its last eight contests.
Burlington dominated the game early, opening a 14-6 lead after the first period, extending its advantage to 30-16 by halftime. The Lady Elks eventually built an 18-point lead by the end of the third period at 42-24 and coasted to the win.
Kelsi Smith had a game-high 23 points for the Lady Elks and Sarah Garvie chipped in with 15 points. With the win, Burlington advances to play Medford/Timberlake in the semifinals at 4:20 p.m. today.
The Lady Broncs were led by 12 points from Ryan Voth and will face Medford/Timberlake in a consolation semifnal at 1:40 p.m. today.
CHEROKEE 43, DCLA 39 (Girls)
The Cherokee Lady Chiefs rallied for a 43-39 victory Monday over Deer Creek-Lamont in a girls opening round game.
The Lady Eagles (8-6) held a slim 19-17 lead at halftime and were up 31-29 after three periods, but a fourth-period surge of 14-8 by Cherokee was too much for DCLA as the Lady Chiefs (8-7) pulled out the win to advance to the semifinals against Lomega/Ringwood at 7 p.m. tonight.
Nicole Unruh had a game-high 16 points for the Lady Chiefs, who have now won six of their last eight games.
DCLA, which was led by Jessica Blanton’s 13 points, plays Lomega/Ringwood in a consolation semifinal at 11 a.m. today.