Cherokee avenged last year's loss by defeating Walton 68-38 in the Region 5AAAAAAA championship game. Toni Warren, the region player of the year, led the Warriors with 23 points, while senior Riley Simmons contributed 15 points. Cherokee coach Sharon Swanson praised the seniors for leading the team and emphasized their pivotal role in the victory. The Warriors will now host Central Gwinnett in the state playoffs, while the Raiders will host Dacula. Cherokee ended the first quarter on a 14-0 run and displayed dominance throughout the game. Walton's junior Graycen Ehlen stood out with 14 points despite the team's struggle. Walton coach Matt Kelterborn acknowledged the game's challenging nature and expressed pride in the team's resilience amid adversity. Both teams are set to play in the state playoffs next week, with Kelterborn hoping that the outcome serves as motivation for his team. For Cherokee, the victory not only brought a sense of redemption but also underlined their strong intent as the GHSA state playoffs approach.

By the Numbers
  • Cherokee's Toni Warren scored 23 points
  • Cherokee's Riley Simmons contributed 15 points
  • Walton's Graycen Ehlen led her team with 14 points
State of Play
  • Cherokee will host Central Gwinnett in the state playoffs
  • Walton will host Dacula in the state playoffs
  • Both teams displayed resilience and determination despite the game's outcome
Bottom Line

The Cherokee Warriors secured a decisive victory in the Region 5AAAAAAA championship game, setting the stage for a strong start in the upcoming GHSA state playoffs, while both teams displayed fortitude and determination in the face of adversity.