Tuloso-Midway and Alice began at such a fast and furious pace that it was obvious that something was going to give.

Fortunately for the Cherokees, it was the Lady Coyotes’ offense that ended up falling apart. After matching Tuloso-Midway in the first period, Alice’s paced slowed in the second and then completely fell apart in the third.

The Cherokees took full advantage of the break and raced to a comfortable 59-36 victory in the first North Zone game in District 30-5A.

McKenzie Hermes led the Cherokees with 15 points, including three three-pointers. Megan Cantu had four three-pointers for a 12-point total.

Alex Garcia paced Alice with eight points. Jake Barrera had nine points, all off three-pointers.

The Cherokees seemingly couldn’t miss in the first period. Hermes had two of her three three-pointers in the quarter and Cantu added another. Alyson Hoelscher added four points. The offensive outburst was enough for Tuloso-Midway to weather Alice’s early hustle. The Lady Coyotes had six points in the first period by Barrera.

Tuloso-Midway led 17-15 in the first period. With another strong of threes by McKenzie and Cantu, the Cherokees pulled ahead, 33-22, by halftime.

The Cherokees ran away with the victory in the third after the Lady Coyotes totaled only four points.