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April 21, 2014

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Chiefs upset Sevier County Smoky Bears

Published: 1:52 PM, 01/09/2013 Last updated: 2:00 PM, 01/09/2013
 

Author: Wade Littleton / Sports Editor
Source: The Rogersville Review

ROGERSVILLE --- Sevier County had lost only once this season. Until they came to Cherokee, that is.Friday night, the Smoky Bears were hunted down by Cherokee and were dealt a blow to the gut, a 46-37 defeat at the Teepee, Sevier's first Inter Mountain Athletic Conference loss of the season.Reserve Blake Wilt had scored just nine points on the season, but his three-pointer with a minute to play broke a 37-37 tie. The rest of the points came on free throws."Blake deserved that," teammate Tanner Trent said after the game. "He works out every practice. He gets us better. I was tickled to death to see that shot fall in a game like this.He's a heck of an athlete. He's getting better and better every day helping us to get better. That was a good shot for him.Hopefully, we'll turn some heads with this win.""A shot like that makes you happy as a coach," Cherokee coach Jeremy Parrott said, "Blake's a kid that comes in every day and does whatever we ask of him in practice. He's hung with it, he's not gotten a lot of minutes, but he got in and made a big shot he'll never forget. That's one I'll never forget. I'm really pleased that I got to see a young man maximize a moment in his life." With the win, the Chiefs are tied for first place in the IMAC with the Smoky Bears (15-2) and Jefferson County with 5-1 marks.Sevier jumped out to an 11-10 first quarter lead, then expanded the lead to 21-19 at halftime. The Bears led by as much as nine points in the third quarter before the Chiefs rallied with a 12-2 third-quarter run to tie the game at 32 at the end of three. Cherokee outscored Sevier County in the fourth quarter 14-5 to seize the win. "It's unheard of for Sevier County to score in the 30's" Tanner Trent said, "We went to a matchup zone in the fourth quarter and we went out and perfected it."Trent led the way for the Chiefs with 17 points. Ty Ryans added 15 for Cherokee. In addition to scoring eight points, Forrest Looney led the Chiefs with nine rebounds."I thought we played pretty solid against Sevier County," Parrott said, "They're a good ballclub. They came in here 16-1 and are so well-coached. I think this was a big win for our kids."To get a win against a quality ballclub you never want to take that for granted. I thought we really scrapped to stay in the ballgame at times. Because we stayed in it, we gave ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter."You don't hold a kid like Devin Schmidt (Sevier County's top scorer) down, he's such a great scorer. He may not have gotten the looks in their flow that he normally gets. He's such a great player, it's hard to do anything with him at all.We did our best just to try to contain him because you know you can't stop him.  We're still stinging from that home Seymour loss, but this win makes it a little better. You've got to take games one at a time. They're a lot of tough teams ahead of us." 

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