By JEFF BENSON | Cherokee County News-Patriot Sports
CHEROKEE, Iowa - Shhh, listen, do you hear that ticking?
The ticking noise was the offensive explosion that was about to occur once the Class 1A Region 1 tournament game got underway. The 11th ranked Cherokee girls wasted very little time in detonating its offense against OABCIG with a 24-6 lead and tone setter in the first quarter of play.
There was chasm the remainder of the game between Cherokee and OABCIG, as the Braves failed to lift its foot off the gas pedal fueling the offense. Cherokee 's lead grew to 42-17 at halftime and 64-37 at the third and fourth quarter break, enroute to a 34-point 80-46 plucking of the Falcons feathers.
But as strong a showing as it was for Cherokee as a team, junior JeMae Nichols reached a career milestone getting her 1,000 career point during the game, sinking a three-point basket.
Nichols wasn't through as she finished with a game-high 20 points. She highlighted the stat sheet following the game finishing with a game-best's in rebounds (9), assists (7), blocked shots (2) and tied teammate Alexis Pingel for game-high honors with five steals apiece.
Join joins an elite class at Washington High School of players who've scored 1,000 points for their careers. The all-time leader is Tammi Blackstone with 1,961 points. The former All-American and Player Of The Year prepped for the Braves from 1992 through 1996.
Upon achieving the milestone Nichols received a standing ovation of Cherokee fans.
Cherokee Girls Basketball 1,000 Point Club
Total Career Points
|1. Tammy Blackstone (1992-1996)|
|2. Kaely Hummel (2012-2016)|
|3. Autumn Bartel (2001-2005)|
|4. Kayla Henke (2002-2006)|
|5. McKenna Carver (2013-2017)|
|6. Kassidy Pingel (2015-2019)|
|7. Paityn Hagberg (2013-2017|
|8. Payton Sluaghter (2015-2019)|
|9. Jana Slota (1994-1998)|
|10. JeMae Nichols (2018-Present)|
Nichols wasn't the lone Cherokee player to do damage Pingel finished with 18 points and Kenna Mongan wound up with 17 in the win.
Cherokee shot better than 45 percent for the game (31-of-68), including an 8-of-27 effort from three point territory, and finished 10-of-19 from the foul line. It marked the eighth time this season Cherokee has gone over 80 points offensively for a game.
Cherokee swarming defense created repeated OABCIG turnovers, as the Falcons finished with 27 for the game. Cherokee also controlled the glass, holding a plus +14 edge (35-21) edge on OABCIG.
Riley Schiernbeck led OABCIG with 13 points and RYder Cranston chipped in with 11 pointsin the loss. OABCIG finishes the season with a 7-12 record.
Cherokee (16-5) advances to the 3A Region Region 1 semifinal against MOC/Floyd Valley (10-11) on Wednesday (Feb. 19) in Cherokee. Tip is set for 7 PM.
|Starters: Grace Anderson 3-5 0-0 6, Alexis Pingel 7-14 2-3 18, JeMae Nichols 8-17 3-6 20, Kenna Mongan 7-10 0-1 17, Teagan Slaughter 2-9 0-0 6.|
|Subs: Camille Zwiefel 2-5 1-3 5, Abbey Vandelune 4, Megan Boger 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Pitts 0-1, 0-1 0, Anna Paulsrud 1-1 2-3 2, Jena Jenness 0-0 2-2 2, Kayden Waldner 0-2 0-0 0, Taylor Christensen 0-2 0-0 0, Jaylee Happe 0-1 0-0 0.|
|Cherokee Individual Leaders|
|Rebounds – Nichols 9, Jena Jenness 5|
|Assists – Nichols 7, Slaughter 5|
|Steals – Nichols 5, Pingel 5, Slaughter 4|
|Blocks – Nichols 2, Slaughter 1|
|2PT Field Goals Made-Attempted||23-41||11-29|
|2 PT Field Goal Percentage %||56.00%||37.90%|
|3PT Field Goals Made-Attempted||8-27||5-10|
|3PT Field Goal Percentage %||33.30%||50.00%|
|Overall Shooting Percentage %||45.60%||41.00%|
|Free Throws Made-Attempted||10-19||9-18|
|Free Throw Percentage %||52.60%||50.00%|