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Cherokee girls basketball wins Olympic American rubber match against district rival Lenape

EVESHAM - The Cherokee High School girls' basketball team suffered a 54-33 setback against district rival Lenape on December 21.

It marked the first time the Marlton program had lost to its rival since the South Jersey Group 4 final on March 5, 2019.

Alexa Henry led the Indians with a team-high 13 points in the victory. Sienna Fedoruk, El-Anita Joe-Samuel and Olivia Watkins each contributed 12 points. Jada Branford paced Cherokee with a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss. 2023 South Jersey Sports Zone Rookie of the Year Brielle Alaba finished with 10 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. Olivia Selverian tallied nine points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds.

The Chiefs responded with a 40-33 triumph over Lenape in the Score at the Shore Tournament third place game at Southern Regional High School on December 29. Coach Ron Powell secured his 200th career win. Branford led Cherokee with a game-high 14 points and five rebounds. Selverian charted 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Leila McNair scored six points and grabbed six rebounds. Alaba finished with seven points, three assists and three rebounds. Sofia Recinto tallied three points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals. Henry and Joe-Samuel each scored 12 points for the Indians.

The two rivals met for a third time in an Olympic Conference American Division showdown on Thursday night.

Cherokee held Lenape scoreless in the second quarter en route to a 39-31 victory. Alaba led the Chiefs (10-5 record) with 13 points. Bradford and McNair each finished with nine. Henry led the Indians (11-6 record) with a game-high 16 points and freshman Shelby Croly added seven.

Cherokee has won five out of its last six games. The Marlton program has also won two games in a row following a surprising loss to Eastern on January 18. The Chiefs will host Williamstown (11-3 record) in a battle between S.J. Group 4 title contenders on Saturday afternoon.

Lenape is 2-2 after upsetting Paul VI, 60-34, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Indians earned a pair of wins against Rancocas Valley and Seneca and lost to Gloucester Catholic, 51-49, in the South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Medford program visits perennial Shore Conference power Manasquan on Saturday.

Below is a photo gallery from Cherokee's win over the Indians created by D2 Sports Network's Collin Conway. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of D2 Sports Network.

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