County’s teams get byes into region tourneys
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
February 09, 2014 04:02 AM | 1633 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Creekview’s Dee Blankenship (1) was a part of the Region 7AAAAA first team, joining Sequoyah’s Kelley and Lauren Hartman.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Creekview’s Dee Blankenship (1) was a part of the Region 7AAAAA first team, joining Sequoyah’s Kelley and Lauren Hartman.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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The Region 7AAAAA tournaments got underway Saturday, just one day after the regular season ended.

As two of the top teams in their subregion on both the boys and girls side, neither Creekview nor Sequoyah were forced to play Saturday. Instead, they will open competition Tuesday for the girls and Wednesday for the boys.

The Creekview girls are scheduled to play Pope, a winner over North Springs on Saturday. The winner of that game will qualify for the state playoffs and advance to Friday’s semifinal.

In the only meeting between the teams this season, Creekview beat Pope 57-50 on Jan. 28.

As for tournament host Sequoyah, it will play either Sprayberry or Cambridge on Tuesday. The Lady Chiefs beat both teams by more than 20 points during their regular-season meetings.

In the boys tournament, Creekview will face Pope on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Just a week ago, Pope beat Creekview 73-69 in a game that had been rescheduled following the ice storm of two weeks ago.

After that, the Grizzlies ended their regular season with a 62-61 overtime loss to Sprayberry. Creekview has since had a week off in order to prepare for its biggest game of the season.

As the tournament host, Sequoyah won’t tip off again until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when it faces Kell, a team that beat the Chiefs 85-72 on Feb. 3.

Sequoyah is coming off a 47-point loss to Osborne to end the regular season.

In other region happenings, Sequoyah girls coach Derrick DeWitt was named coach of the year, while two of his players were named first-team all-region.

Twin sisters Kelley and Lauren Hartman were named to the first team, along with Creekview’s Dee Blankenship, Pope’s Kierra Henry and Osborne’s Nikira Goings.

Osborne’s Zutorya Cook was named player of the year.

On the second team was Sequoyah’s Emily Ryan, while Sequoyah’s Megan Garcia and Creekview’s Danyelle Blankenship and Ella Wilkie were honorable mentions.

On the boys side, neither Creekview nor Sequoyah had a player on the first team. Sequoyah’s Dalton Satterfield and Creekview’s Austin Graham were members of the second team.

Sprayberry swept the top honors, with Marc Carver the coach of the year and Armel Potter the player of the year.

The all-region teams and region award-winners will be recognized prior to next Saturday’s region championship games.
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