Cherokee battles past Burlington

The Cherokee bench reacts to the winning basket against Burlington during the semifinals of the Cherokee Strip Conference Tournament Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

Kirsten Pruett will get a little chance for revenge Saturday against Lomega in the girls championship game of the Cherokee Strip Conference basketball tournament at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum.

Pruett was on the losing end to the Lady Raiders in the 2019 (71-41), 2018 (66-59) and 2016 finals (50-43) as the head coach of the Burlington Lady Elks.

Pruett, this time though, will be guiding the Cherokee Lady Chiefs, who beat her old team, 48-45 in the semifinals Friday to advance to Saturday's 6 p.m. finals against Lomega, who blitzed Kremlin-Hillsdale, 72-18.

Gracie Leslie, who had 15 points, scored her team's last five points, securing the Lady Chiefs win with a three-pointer and two key free throws.

Lizzy Webster had 16 points to lead the Lady Chiefs attack. Burlington had three players in double figures — Lauren Lagos with 17, Anna Motycka with 13 and Kayla Highfill with 13.

The game went back-and-forth with Burlington leading 11-10 after the first period and Cherokee 20-19 at halftime. Cherokee outscored Burlington 10-6 in the third period to go up 30-25 and were able to hold off the Lady Elks in the fourth period.

Cherokee has never won the tournament since it moved to the Coliseum in 1986.


The Lady Raiders, ranked No. 1 in Class B, won their 15th straight game in impressive fashion.

They raced off to a 19-4 first quarter lead and never trailed.

Lomega had five players in double figures — Emily Duffy (15), Hensley Eaton (13), Kali Gardner (11), Syndi Walker (11) and Sophie VanDenDriessche (11).

It was the 13th time Lomega scored 70 or more points in a game. It was the second time Lomega held an opponent to under 20 points.

Taryn Rhodes led Kremlin-Hillsdale with four points.

Lomega will be seeking its fifth straight tournament championship.


Luis Aguilar scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the fourth period to pace a Ringwood rally.

The Red Devils (15-3) outscored the Raiders 12-8 in the final period to overcome a 31-30 deficit.

Jose Resendiz scored his only two points with two free throws late in the game to give the Red Devils a three-point lead in a back-and-forth fourth quarter.

Cole Weathers, coming off the bench, scored all seven of his points in the second quarter to propel a 17-9 Ringwood spurt which turned a 9-6 first quarter deficit into a 23-18 lead. Lomega regained the advantage with a 12-7 third quarter spurt.

Blake Snowden led the Raiders with 17 points.

Ringwood is seeking its first tournament championship since 2016.


Burlington's boys spoiled a repeat of the 2019 finals when the Elks rallied past defending champion Cherokee, 34-33. They will face Ringwood — a 52-39 loser to Cherokee in last year's finals — at 7:20 p.m. The Red Devils held off Lomega, 42-39.

The Elks, down 21-15 at halftime, were able to shut down the Chiefs in the second half, outscoring Cherokee, 12-8 in the third period and 7-4 in the fourth.

Burlington (14-4)— once it took the lead — was able to pull the ball out and run clock. The Chiefs had the ball under their basket with five seconds left but Lake Lyon — who led Cherokee with 16 points — wasn't able to complete the play to give Cherokee the win.

Preston Paschall was the lone Elk player in double figures with 11 points.Lyon was the lone Chief in double figures.

Burlington is seeking its first tournament championship since 2014.


Pazlie Jones scored 13 points to lead Ringwood's girls past DCLA, 54-25 in a consolation semifinal. The Lady Devils (5-13) broke the game open by outscoring the Lady Eagles (1-15) 35-15 in the second half. Adriahna Blackburn had 12 points for DCLA.


Timberlake's Cade Redding hit six treys for 18 points to lead the Tigers (9-6) past DCLA (3-12), 75-40 in a consolation semifinal. The Tigers hit 12 treys, including three by Preston Pierce, who had 17. Palladin Compala had 12 points to lead the Eagles.


Samantha Phillips had 15 points and Amaya Ullrich 12 to lead Timberlake's girls (4-12) past Medford (4-10), 42-29 in a consolation semifinal.

Bailey Cless led the Lady Cardinals with 13 points.


Everett Bonine had nine of his team-high 11 points in the fourth period to lead Kremlin-Hillsdale's boys (6-10) past Medford (6-7), 38-31 in a consolation semifinal. Tate Schuermann had 10 of his game-high 13 points in the final period to lead the Cardinal attack. C

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