The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 23, 2014

Cherokee Strip Tournament briefs


Enid News and Eagle

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.



BURLINGTON 48,

 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.



LOMEGA 80, RINGWOOD 34 (Girls)



No. 3-ranked Lomega rolled to an 80-34 victory over Ringwood Thursday in an opening round girls game.

The Lady Raiders (17-3) had three players in double figures, led by Taylor Mendell’s game-high 28 points. She was joined by Kylie Turner with 12 points and Beca Drake added 10 points.

Lomega put the game out of reach early with a 25-8 first period. Ringwood rebounded with a 15-point performance in the second period, but still trailed 45-23 at halftime. Lomega increased its lead to 68-31 after the third period in coasting to the victory.

The Lady Red Devils (5-10) were paced by Katelyn Randolph’s 10 points, and with the loss, fall to the consolation bracket where they play Deer Creek-Lamont in the consolation semifinals at 11 a.m. today.

Lomega, the girls tournament favorite, moves on to the winner’s bracket semifinals against Cherokee at 4:20 p.m. today.



BURLINGTON 47, LOMEGA 17 (Boys)



Boys top-seed Burlington Elks advanced in opening round play Thursday with an easy 47-17 win over Lomega.

The Raiders took an early 12-4 lead out of the gate and held a 19-11 advantage at halftime. Lomega had a difficult time finding the net, scoring only six points in the second half and the Elks eased to the win, outscoring Lomega 26-6 in the second-half.

Burlington (12-6) was led by Carter Stewart’s game-high 15 points and 12 points from Kyle Ellerbeck, and plays Medford in a winner’s bracket semifinal tonight at 8:20 p.m.

Lomega (1-17) plays Ringwood in a consolation semifinal at 3 p.m. today.



TIMBERLAKE 59, MEDFORD 21 (Girls)



Ami Adkisson scored a game-high 19 points and Timberlake turned a 30-16 halftime lead into a 59-21 win over Medford Thursday in the opening round of the Cherokee Strip Conference Tournament at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

The Lady Tigers expanded their intermission advantage with some suffocating second-half defense, holding to Lady Cardinals to five points in the final two frames, just one in the third.

Hailey Parker added 14 for Timberlake, and Trista Cripe led Medford with 10 points, the only Lady Cardinal in double figures. Timberlake advances to today’s 5:40 p.m. semifinal against Burlington, a 48-29 winner against Kremlin-Hillsdale on Thursday. Medford plays K-H at 1:40 p.m. today.



MEDFORD 45, RINGWOOD 42 (Boys)



Rob Webb scored a game-high 16 points, and Medford held off Ringwood 45-42 in Thursday’s opening round during the Cherokee Strip Conference Tournament at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

The teams had ideal scoring in the second (7), third (5) and fourth (24) quarters, Medford’s three-point final margin being made with a 9-6 first-quarter advantage.

Kenny Thompson added 14 for the Cardinals, and Tony Navarro led Ringwood with 11. Medford advances to play Burlington in today’s 8:20 p.m. nightcap after the top-seeded Elks thrashed bottom seed Lomega 47-17 on Thursday.  Ringwood plays Lomega at 3 p.m. in the consolation semifinals.