Cherokee eyes strong finish in region standings
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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After a disappointing overtime loss to Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday, the Cherokee boys basketball team rebounded with a key victory over Roswell on Tuesday.

The Warriors (14-7, 7-3 Region 5AAAAAA) sit in second place in their region behind Wheeler. They face Walton on Friday and Woodstock on Saturday.

Cherokee coach Roger Kvam said he feels good about where his team is at this point and that seeding doesn’t mean much in the region tournament.

“We have been playing well,” he said. “We played a great game against Roswell, and that was a good win for us. We played some tough games this year, so I’m pleased with how we are playing defense and I think we do a very good job at sharing the ball on offense. We have a lot of different people who can score. So, I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with how we have done this year.”

Kvam said he felt like Cherokee may have given the game away against Kennesaw Mountain.

“We didn’t deserve it,” he said. “(Kennesaw Mountain’s) Mike Parker hit two big 3-pointers in overtime and we gave it away to them. It was a disappointing loss, but the region win over Roswell was nice.”

Kvam said he could see any time winning Region 5AAAAA. Roswell has beaten region leader Wheeler twice, while Cherokee beat Roswell.

“I think anybody can beat anybody in our region,” said Kvam. “It’s very balanced. The seeding is kind of immaterial. It can come down to one game in the tournament.”

Woodstock (8-13, 4-6 Region 5AAAAAA), which faces Lassiter on Friday before hosting county rival Cherokee on Saturday, has lost its last three games.

The Wolverines fell to Walton 63-59 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Etowah (7-14, 2-9) lost to Wheeler 100-74 on Tuesday night. The Eagles, who have now lost four of their last five games, will travel to Roswell on Friday before a non-region game against Marist on Saturday.

Creekview coach Casey Gramling thought his team was turning the season around, but they were dealt a setback in Region 7AAAAA.

The Grizzlies (12-10, 7-5) struggled against Pope in a 66-52 loss Tuesday night. They now face back-to-back region road games at Northview on Friday and North Springs on Saturday.

River Ridge (8-14, 3-2 Region 7AAAA) lost a close game against Gilmer 48-46 on Tuesday night. The Knights will play their finale road game of the regular season when they travel to Cedartown on Friday.

After being tripped up by Creekview a week ago, Sequoyah has rebounded with back-to-back Region 7AAAAA wins. Most recently, the Chiefs defeated Kell 80-69 in a region crossover Tuesday.

Sequoyah (18-4, 11-1) will host North Springs on Friday for senior night.

On the girls side, Creekview continues to make statements. The Lady Grizzlies (18-4, 11-1 Region 7AAAAA) have not lost since Dec. 7, most recently edging Pope 48-47 on Tuesday after a solid performance from the free-throw line.

Creekview plays its final three games on the road — at Northview on Friday, at North Springs on Saturday and at Sprayberry on Tuesday.

In Region 5AAAAAA, Etowah is hoping to rebound from its 67-58 loss to Wheeler on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles (10-11, 6-5) play at Roswell on Friday.

Woodstock beat Walton 51-36 on Tuesday night to improve to 16-5 overall and 9-1 in the region. The Lady Wolverines are riding an eight-game winning streak and will play at Lassiter on Friday.

Cherokee is gearing up for its county showdown with Woodstock on Saturday, but it can’t look past Walton on Friday.

The Lady Warriors (20-1, 10-0) have been winning by an average of nearly 20 points per game. Aside from a 47-42 loss to Creekview on Dec. 8, one of the closest games was against Woodstock, when the Lady Warriors edged the Lady Wolverines 58-54.

Sequoyah (8-14, 4-8 Region 7AAAAA) fell to Kell 68-50 on Tuesday — one night after falling to Northview 51-45. The Lady Chiefs will try to refocus before hosting North Springs on Friday, then will play at Cambridge on Saturday.

River Ridge (14-8, 4-1) is finding success in Region 7AAAA, stretching its winning streak to five with a 62-34 victory over Gilmer on Tuesday. That came on the heels of Saturday’s 49-39 victory over Class AAAAAA Walton.

River Ridge plays at Cedartown on Friday.
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