CHERRYVALE — Opening the Class 3A Sub-State Tournament, the third-seeded Cherryvale Chargers downed Columbus 57-34 at home on Monday night.
“It’s sub-state so it’s always high stakes,” Cherryvale head coach Kelsey Overacker said. “Any team in the CNC League is tough. So we have to show up every night.”
Mariah Monroy led the charge, dropping a game-high 27 points from all over the floor — in addition to her usual dominance inside, Monroy connected on a pair of 3-pointers.
“She competes, no matter what,” Overacker said. “She’s expected to do a little bit of everything because she can do everything. She shows that day in and day out, so it’s no surprise again.”
Pounding away the paint was a point of emphasis for the Chargers on the night. Katie Plumley scored nine points while Cherryvale relentlessly attacked the paint.
“We focus on getting post touches to see what it creates for us,” Overacker said. “We have a great inside presence with all of our kids. We took advantage of our opportunities in there tonight.”
Lilly Mooney led Columbus with 11 points.
Cherryvale, which has made back-to-back trips to the sub-state finals and lost both times, will play No. 2 seed Girard in the sub-state semifinals on Thursday.
“We’ve got to want it more,” Overacker said. “It’ll come down to who shows up and plays. We’ll see who wants to play Saturday.”
Monroy, who’s been asked to be an anchor for a team that’s struggled with consistency at times, will again be asked to be a workhorse.
“It was my last home game on my court,” Monroy said. “Knowing it was my last game there, I wanted it more tonight. As a team, we can definitely go far. We have the athleticism. If we play as a team, we’ll be fine.”
CLASS 3A SUB-STATE
Cherryvale 57, Columbus 34
Cherryvale: 15 15 8 19 — 57
Columbus: 8 7 12 7 — 34
Cherryvale: Jailee Reister 4, Kelsi Lantz 7, Morrigan Catlin 3, Katie Plumley 9, Mariah Monroy 27, Harley Allen 1, Harley Roegner 6
Columbus: Kerri Jones 6, Lilly Mooney 11, Alexus Stone 4, Bailey Monroe 5, Jade Fouts 2, Jade Ohmart 6