The Cherokee girls "played with great energy and intensity," in the words of coach Curt Klaahsen, "but came up short against an outstanding team." Klaahsen was referring to the team's 65-50 loss to third-ranked Spirit Lake in Lakes Conference action here Tuesday night.
Klaahsen said his team "played better defense" (than they have), "but missed too many short shots and free throws to win the game." The team hit 19 of 43 two-point attempts, five of 20 three-point attempts, and just 10 of 20 from the charity stripe.
Quarter scores showed Spirit Lake on top at each break - 15-9, 30-22, and 46-36.
Kylie Dilla led Cherokee scoring with 14 points, while Kayla Messerole and Megan Mahnke also scored in double digits for Cherokee, with 12 and 10 points,respectively. Messerole also grabbed an outstanding 20 rebounds, and Mahnke had 13 for Coach Klaahsen's team.