YATES CENTER – The Altoona-Midway girls’ basketball team ran into a very good Cherryvale squad here Friday, and the Lady Chargers rolled to a 61-8 victory in the Yates Center Tournament.
A full-court press employed by Cherryvale caused havoc for the Lady Jets, as CHS stormed out to a 17-2 lead after one period of play. The Lady Chargers increased their advantage to 38-3 by halftime and proceeded to coast to victory.
“The first half was difficult due to the very tight press Cherryvale was playing,” said AMHS girls’ head coach Lauren Lewallen. “But as far as bright spots go in a game like this, the second half proved that the girls can rebound and that they’re willing to fight back.”
Another bright spot for the Lady Jets was 5-7 freshman Natalie Davis, who was able to collect seven points on the evening. Junior Michala Kinzle added the other point for AMHS.
“Natalie has proven that she can play any position, attack the basket, and play hard,” Lewallen said. “She has been our leading scorer the past two games, and she continues to improve and try her best and whatever she is handed.”
Monroy and Vining were the leading scorers for Cherryvale, netting 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Anna Pierce led the Lady Jets by hauling down five rebounds, while Jessica Williams and Caitlin Maxwell pulled down three each.
Altoona-Midway travels to Rosalia on Tuesday to face Flinthills High School.