Author: Wade Littleton / Sports Editor Source: The Rogersville Review
ROGERSVILLE --- Cherokee was playing one of its best games of the year Tuesday, leading Greeneville by 15 points in the fourth quarter.The lead got down to two points in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Chiefs came back defensively to post a 40-35 non-conference win over old IMAC rival Greeneville.The Lady Devils pulled to within two points 37-35 with 2:27 left in the contest. From there, Cherokee managed to take the game clock down to 1:14 left. A Sally Fleenor rebound and two Madison McCullough free throws later, the Lady Chiefs had built their lead back to four 39-35. Kateea Manis had two steals in the final 20 seconds and Pattie Ruth Taylor hit a free throw to secure the win.“We played really well and got aggressive,” Lady Chiefs’ Coach Kayla Ormsbee said, “It was tough at the end of the game, but the girls stayed focused and did what needed to be done to get a win. “Greeneville came back to within two points. I told our girls that the game wasn’t over and we still had 16 minutes to go. Our girls took really good care of the ball, even with the pressure defense of Greeneville. Towards the end, we just missed easy shots that we would have normally made, some easy layups. We missed some free throws at the end that really could have sealed the deal. We shot 63 percent from the line. Cherokee improved to 8-17 (3-6 in IMAC). The Lady Chiefs will travel to South-Doyle Friday night. Next week, they will host Morristown East Tuesday at the Teepee and travel to Sevier County Friday at the Purple Palace.McCullough was top scorer for Cherokee with 10 points. Samantha Marlow and Kylie Russell added seven points each, as did Pattie Ruth Taylor.
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