Lady ‘Canes end losing streak with 52-36 win over Cherokee

Morristown East’s Noelle Cox (10) goes in for a layup against Cherokee’s Sam Tilson (5) Monday.

ROGERSVILLE — Morristown East held host Cherokee to two points in each of the first two quarters Monday night and breezed to a 52-36 victory.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lady Hurricanes and improved their record to 10-12 for the season.

Cherokee fell to 6-15 in losing for the sixth straight time.

East led by only 6-2 after one period and Cherokee scored first in the second stanza. However, the Lady ‘Canes scored the final 17 points of the half and first two of the third quarter and rolled to the victory.

The Lady ‘Canes used a balanced scoring attack. Devasia Kyle led the way with a dozen points with those coming on four three-point baskets.

Freshman Kierstin Bell added 11 while fellow freshman Finley Surber and Sable Burnside added nine apiece.

Cherokee’s Destiny Jarnigan also made four treys and finished with a dozen points. Kaylan Henard chipped in 10.

East connected on 43.2 percent from the floor by making good on 19 of 44. They were 7 of 11 behind the three-point line. The Lady Chiefs were 10-34 for 29.4 percent.

Surber grabbed seven rebounds and Bell speared six as both teams had 30 rebounds. Jarnigan pulled down six and Sam Tilson five for Cherokee.

East coach Michael Potts said, “We’ve made fouls, turnovers and assists a point of emphasis. The value of not having turnovers and fouls usually determine a whole lot about the game.

“So right now, we’re very concerned with our fouls and turnovers and not having those also created more assists because it gave us more opportunities,” he added.

The coach went on to say, “I thought we did a good job of those things tonight. I thought we played harder than we had been playing. But we still get into a fatigue factor sometimes and when we get there we go back to the old fifth-and-sixth grade way of playing defense by standing around and watching.

“But it seemed better tonight. We’ve got a big game tomorrow night at Seymour and we’ll see if it actually is better or if it was an illusion.”

Bell hit two free throws to open the scoring with 6:54 left in the first and nobody scored again until Burnside had a steal and layup with 4:37 on the clock.

Macy McDavid got the Lady Chiefs on the scoreboard with a driving layup with 3:50 remaining, but Bell came right back with an inside basket and neither team scored in the final 3:56 of the period.

Henard scored for the home team early in the second stanza, but they went scoreless the final 7:46 of the half. Surber hit two buckets for East for a 10-4 lead with 7:06 left in the half and then Burnside knocked in a three-pointer.

Surber’s basket at the 5:27 mark made it 15-4 and the teams went almost four minutes before Surber scored again. Bell and Kyle gunned in three’s in the final 34 seconds to push the lead to 23-4.

Bell’s two charity tosses upped the count to 25-4 early in the second, but Cherokee got two free tosses from Lydia Alvis and a three from Jarnigan to pull within 25-10.

That’s when Kyle hit three threes, Burnside hit a basket and Surber had a free throw in a 12-point run that gave East its biggest lead at 37-10. Cherokee closed the period with an 8-2 run and trailed 39-18 after three quarters.

Abbie Creech fired in a three and another jumper that put East in front 48-23 at the 5:27 mark, but Cherokee closed it out on a 12-4 run that made the game look closer than it actually was.