Messerole leads Cherokee with 23 points
SPENCER - A smoking 28-point first quarter boosted the Spencer girls to a decisive 85-54 Lakes Conference win over a shaky Cherokee Washington High team here Tuesday night.
The Tigers maintained the pace the rest of the way, mounting a 47-30 halftime lead, and a 64-42 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Kayla Messerole hit 10-15 field goals for a game-high 23 points, while Kylie Dilla tallied 14, and Morgan Mahnke seven for Cherokee. Emily Wassum paced the host Tigers with 21 points.
Mahnke led Cherokee in rebounding with seven, followed by Lynn Leonard six, and Messerole five.
The WHS lasses sank 21-50 field goals for 42 percent, but were 0-7 from the three-point arc. Spencer made 37-67 shots for a warm 55 percent, and was 7-12 from three-point land.
Cherokee netted 14-27 free throws, and the aggressive Tigers were 5-9 from the line. The WHS girls also committed 20 turnovers, compared to 10 by the Tigers.
"Spencer got off to a hot start and we just couldn't keep up the pace," said Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen. "We must improve dramatically defensively if we wish to compete on the road in this conference."
Cherokee (2-4) hosts rated Spirit Lake (5-1) Tuesday night.