Cherokee is taking a week off between games, having last played Sequoyah on Saturday, and it will not play again until it hosts River Ridge on Friday night. Neither of those games are region contests, which removes a little of the pressure to win.
The Cherokee boys (8-1, 4-0 Region 5AAAAAA) might have taken their game with Sequoyah a little too lightly. The Warriors fell
56-54, losing for the first time this season.
As for the Cherokee girls, a little more practice time might be a good thing.
The Lady Warriors (1-8, 1-8) haven’t had such a struggling start under coach Matt Cates before, but the season — much like the team’s roster — is still young. The Lady Warriors will play right through the Christmas break before getting back into region play in early January.
When River Ridge plays Cherokee on Friday, it will also be coming off a week-long break. The teams last played Saturday against Etowah, with the girls winning 55-43 and the boys losing 83-71.
After playing at Cherokee, River Ridge will take another long break before playing in the St. Pius Christmas Tournament, which begins Dec. 27.
Etowah, which has been idle since playing River Ridge last Friday, will host Creekview on Friday before traveling to Sequoyah on Saturday.
When Creekview takes the court Friday, it will be the first time either the girls or boys teams have played since Dec. 13, when they swept Cambridge in Region 7AAAAA competition. After playing Etowah this weekend, they will both gear up for holiday tournaments in Florida after Christmas.
Sequoyah and Woodstock were the only county schools that didn’t take the day off Tuesday, squaring off against one another. In the girls game, Woodstock won 39-37, while the boys won 67-53.
Sequoyah will return to action Saturday when it hosts Etowah. Woodstock will take a much longer break from competition as neither of its teams are scheduled to play again until Jan. 4, when they host River Ridge.