Warrior boys lose heartbreaker in OT to Etowah, 69-68; Lady Warriors earn 58-39 win

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CENTRE – Despite a 33-point outing from senior guard Jack Amos, the Cherokee County Warriors lost a heartbreaking boys basketball game in overtime to Etowah. The final was 69-68 on the Warriors’ senior night.

Amos sank six 3-pointers for the Warriors (11-10). Jaden Wilson, Eli Martin and Jacob Cornejo each contributed seven points. Landon Caldwell finished with five points.

Josh Graham topped Etowah with 23 points. Jalien Walker added 17 points. Marquan Mahone made four 3-pointers, including one in overtime, and finished with 14 points. Davante Shannon had six points.

Cherokee County led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and 30-29 at halftime. The Blue Devils took a 46-43 advantage after three quarters. The two teams were tied at 61 at the end of regulation.

In the girls game, the Lady Warriors earned a 58-39 victory over Etowah.

Mary Hayes Johnson topped the Lady Warriors (18-6) with 16 points. Nevaeh Gaidurgis netted 12 points. Raechel Russell connected on three treys and had nine points. Deannia Starr also added nine points. Audrey Haygood and Ellisan Givens both finished with five points.

Laura Wood rang for 16 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils. Jaleigh DeVine delivered 11 points and Carlee Barksdale finished with six points.

Cherokee County claimed a 16-8 edge after one, but Etowah managed to cut its deficit down to 23-22 at halftime. The Lady Warriors pushed their lead out to 41-36 at the end of three quarters, then went on a 17-3 run in the fourth for the final.

Cherokee County travels to Alexandria on Saturday.

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