Following an impressive 15-win regular

season, the Cherryvale High School Lady

Chargers grabbed the No. 3 seed in the Class

3A Galena Sub-State last week. CHS hosted

Fredonia in round one on Tuesday, March

3, winning 52-29 to advance to the semifi -

nals at Galena on Friday, March 6, defeating

the host Lady Bulldogs 66-56 to punch their

ticket to the Championship Game on Saturday

evening. In the fi nal, the Lady Chargers

struggled on offense early and were never

able to recover as Frontenac won a 46-26

blowout to end Cherryvale’s season.

First up on Tuesday, CHS jumped out to

an early 12-6 advantage against Fredonia after

one quarter, then extended their margin

to 24-16 at the half. The Lady Chargers really

began to pull away after the break, stretching

their lead to 38-22 after three before coasting

to the 52-29 fi nal.

Cherryvale junior forward Mariah Monroy

led all scorers with 14, followed by sophomore

Morrigan Catlin with 13 and senior

point guard Lexi Umbarger with 10 in the

win.

Moving on to Friday night’s action at Galena,

the Lady Chargers once again got off to a

hot start and found themselves ahead 19-11

after the fi rst eight minutes. Galena cut into

the lead in the second stanza and Cherryvale

held a 34-29 advantage at intermission.

The visitors began to regain control in

the third period, leading 48-39 after three

complete before earning the win following a

high-scoring fourth quarter from both sides.

Cherryvale just edged out their hosts 18-17

to seal the 66-56 victory.

Monroy once again lead a well-balanced attack

for CHS, scoring a game-high 19 points.

Three other Lady Chargers scored in double

fi gures, as Catlin dropped 17, freshman Kelsi

Lantz had 11 and Umbarger added 10.

For the second year in a row, the Lady

Chargers season culminated in the Sub-

State Championship Game. Last season,

they fell to Columbus by double digits, and

unfortunately faced a bit of deja vu as they

trailed by 10 or more for much of the second

half en route to the 46-26 loss.

Lantz was the only Cherryvale player to

reach double fi gures on Saturday, scoring 10,

while Monroy added seven, Catlin chipped in

5 and Umbarger had 3 in the losing effort.

Frontenac was the aggressor out of the

gates, taking a 9-2 lead at the end of the fi rst

before going into intermission up 19-12. The

Chargers were outscored 13-7 in the third

to fall behind 32-19, then the Lady Raiders

cruised to the 46-26 win.

Second-year Cherryvale Head Coach Kelsey

Overacker was disappointed with the way

things ended, but was very pleased with her

squad’s overall performance as they battled

through injuries throughout the season. “Tonight,

we came out and got some good early

looks that didn’t fall. We’ve been knocking

down shots early in games lately and tonight

we just couldn’t seem to buy one.” Overacker

offered after the loss.

“Through all the adversity this year, I am

beyond proud of this group. We had high

expectations coming in, and although we

didn’t make it, I know we had a lot surprised

we were even here tonight,” she continued.

“We will miss Lexi, Belle (McGhee) and Faith

(Holt), they were a prime example of hard

work and commitment..great kids and I expect

to see them do great things in their future.

I want to thank all of our fans and help

along the way. We are holding our heads high

and we are ready to do whatever it takes to

get past this round.”