Coming off of a big win by

double fi gures for the girls

and a heartbreaking onepoint

overtime loss by the

boys at Erie last Tuesday, the

Cherryvale Chargers headed

to Fredonia on Friday, February

7. Both teams emerged

victorious, with the Lady

Chargers winning 59-43 and

the boys beating the Yellowjackets

76-56.

First up in the girls’ game,

Cherryvale got off to a great

start behind six points from

freshman Kelsi Lantz and a

fi ve-point performance from

senior point guard Lexi Umbarger.

The visitors led 17-10 after

one complete, then piled

it on in the second stanza to

take a 33-19 advantage into

intermission. Lady Chargers

senior Belle McGhee took the

reins in the second, scoring

eight points to pace the team

to the double-digit lead.

After the break, the two

squads played to a nearstalemate,

with Cherryvale

still leading by 14 at the end

of the third at 44-30. Fredonia

continued to battle until the

fi nal buzzer, but their guests

did not relent and were able

to secure the 59-43 fi nal.

“Tonight was a good insideout

night for us,” CHS Head

Coach Kelsey Overacker said

of their victory. “We were able

to see a good combination

between Lex and Belle putting

up some big points for

our guards and then Katie

and Mariah working inside.

We got in foul trouble and it

kinda slowed us down in the

second half but the kids fi nished

strong. We need to keep

fi nding the hot hand and really

focus on dominating the

boards.”

McGhee and Umbarger

ended up with 13 apiece to

lead all scorers, while junior

forward Mariah Monroy and

freshman Katelyn Plumley

each added 11 to give CHS

four players in double fi gures.

After Lantz’s showing in the

opening eight minutes, she

added a pair of free throws in

the fourth to fi nish with eight

points on the night.

The Lady ‘Jackets were led

by junior Kelbe Edwards with

9, followed by senior Peyton

Wood with 8 and junior point

guard Macy Ivey with seven

in the losing effort.

Moving on to the nightcap,

the two teams traded blows

in the fi rst quarter and were

tied at 13-13 heading into the

second. In a high-scoring second

period, the visitors came

out on top and were up 38-34

at the half.

Cherryvale maintained

that momentum coming out

of the locker room, outscoring

their hosts 16-9 to push

the lead into double digits at

54-43, then Cherryvale hit

just enough free throws down

the stretch to seal the 76-56

margin. CHS went 8-14 at

the charity stripe, while the

Yellowjackets were just 4-12

in the fourth alone.

Following the 20-point win,

Chargers Head Coach Aaron

Rehmert pointed out the

heart of their opponent, stating,

“I have to give Fredonia a

lot of credit. They played hard

and made some tough shots,

especially in that fi rst half.

We played hard all night and

really picked up our defensive

intensity in that second

half.”

Cherryvale senior point

guard Zaine Lantz had a

game-high 17 points, while

three other Chargers scored

10 or more. Junior Landon

Bennett had 15, senior Gavin

Hooper added 13 and fellow

senior Jacobi Barnett

chipped in 10 in the win.

The Yellowjackets were led

by senior Cooper Odell and

junior Layne Mayeske with

13 points each, while senior

Grayson Coulter scored 11.

“We still have to get tougher

defensively. We need some

guys to step their game up

to the next level to go where

we want to go,” Rehmert concluded.

The Chargers have

a tough test as they remain

on the road to face Caney

Valley on Tuesday, February

11, while the Cherryvale girls

meet up with a struggling