Dilla's 20 points not enough for Cherokee
HULL - An eight minute scoring drought with five minutes left in the third quarter until five minutes left in the fourth doomed the battling Cherokee Washington High girls here Friday night, leading to a 63-52 loss to Lakes Conference foe Hull Western Christian.
Cherokee led 35-31 at halftime and was leading 39-31 when senior leader - point guard Kylie Dilla - left the game with an injured thumb. That led the WHS gals into the eight-minute scoring drought and eased the momentum to the home team, who used it to eventually ride out the victory.
Kate Buyert led the Wolfpack with 19 points.
Messerole also paced Cherokee on the boards with 11 rebounds, while Dilla grabbed five, totaled eight assists, and had six steals for a superb outing at both ends of the court. Morgan Mahnke pocketed four rebounds for Cherokee.
The winners meshed 11-16 foul shots, compared to a 7-15 effort for Cherokee.
"We were OK until Kylie got hurt and then we went cold, had some costly turnovers, and they capitalized on it," said veteran Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen.
"We started rushing shots, went eight minutes without scoring, and things just went sour for us. We gotta win one now and get back on track."
Cherokee hosts Emmetsburg Tuesday night in a girl-boy Lakes Conference doubleheader.