Author: Wade Littleton / Sports Editor Source: The Rogersville Review
DANDRIDGE --- It was the same old song, but a different verse for Cherokee Friday night at Jefferson County.The Lady Chiefs had a 15-point lead in the third quarter, 36-21. Jefferson County used a combination of full-court pressure and rushed Cherokee shots to get back into the game.The Lady Patriots ended up pouncing on Cherokee in the final two minutes, using seven Autumn Dodson free throws in the last minute to eventually take a 58-47 victory over the visitors in Dumplin Valley.“Dodson got on fire and we failed to close out on her,” Cherokee Coach Kayla Ormsbee said, “They stepped up to make their free throws in the fourth quarter.” Jefferson County took a 39-38 lead early in the fourth before Samantha Marlow put the Lady Chiefs back on top on a bucket before Autumn Dodson hit a three-pointer for the Lady Patriots to tie the game at 42. Samantha Marlow put Cherokee up front for the last time on a basket with 3:10 remaining, 44-42. A Patriot free throw and bucket later put the home team up front to stay, 45-44.Cherokee’s Sally Fleenor picked up her fourth and fifth fouls in the last two minutes, fouling out with 1:19 left in the game. After Cherokee turned the ball over, the Lady Patriots’ Dodson hit seven free throws in the last minute to keep Cherokee at bay.“We’ve just got to do a better job defensively out of our zone and close out on the shooters,” Ormsbee said, “That’s what we played against Morristown East and what brought them back into the game, the same at Volunteer and Morristown West. We were hoping our post players would have a good game because of Jefferson County’s lack of post players and our size. Our posts (Pattie Taylor, Samantha and Savannah Marlow) used their size well and did a good job of attacking the basket when we needed to.”Taylor continued her offensive performances of late, firing in 17 points. She also had eight rebounds.Savannah Marlow and Sally Fleenor added 10 points each. Fleenor hit two three-point goals.The Lady Chiefs dropped to 7-15, 3-5 in the IMAC. Cherokee was scheduled to host Cocke County Tuesday night, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date had been announced at press time. Cherokee will take a road trip to Seymour Friday night and host Cloudland in non-conference action Saturday.
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