Cheyenne Bunner transferred from Madison to Carolina Day last January and never really got a chance to integrate into the three-time defending NCISAA 2-A champion’s lineup.
No role is too big for the reclassified junior this season.
Bunner is one of three Wildcats averaging 10 points per game.
And she struck for exactly half of her game-high 20 points in the second quarter of Tuesday’s 58-31 home win over Asheville Christian Academy.
The Carolinas Athletic Association matchup was a rematch of the 2013 NCISAA 2-A championship game in Charlotte.
Last year, the Wildcats (16-2, 3-0) beat the Lions (8-7, 1-1) three times before taking a another state title with a 63-37 win at Charlotte Providence Day.
Carolina Day is No. 1 in the NCISAA 2-A rankings despite starting just one senior (guard Lauren Travis). ACA is second.
“I love my team,” Bunner said.
“We’re young, but we’re really starting to pull together. We knew this was a big game tonight for both teams. We had the right mindset.”
Indeed, Bunner and the Wildcats outscored the Lions, 19-7, in each of the first two quarters which was good for a 38-14 halftime lead.
Carolina Day managed just 20 points from then on, but had enough. Individually, Tess Harris and Ralene Kwiatkowski added 10 points apiece.
Trinity Dunlap was the top scorer for ACA (12) and sank a runner just before the final horn. Taylor Robinson had eight points.
“We wanted to encourage intensity tonight, and intensity is usually not a problem against (ACA),” Wildcats coach Joe Carrington said.
“(Lions coach Dottie Edwards) does such a great job with her team and they bring out our best. I thought the first quarter especially was about as well as we’ve played this season.”