Cherokee shoots 26 percent, nobody in double figures
The enigmatic Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team couldn't figure it out here Friday night against a pesky Sheldon squad, falling 60-43 in Lakes Conference basketball action.
The visiting Orabs, with a deceiving 6-5 record, displayed an efficient inside-outside offense in overtaking the WHS club with a 15-11 lead after one quarter, and a 34-18 lead at halftime. Sheldon hung on to that margin, outscoring Cherokee 26-25 in the second half to pocket its second win over Cherokee this season.
Kylie Dilla and Lacie Drennan led the meager Cherokee scoring with nine points each, and Kayla Messerole added six.
Kelly Vust led the winning Orabs with 24 points, while Mandy Rodger added 16, including a 4-4 night from the three-point line. Rodger set Cherokee back on its heels in the first minute, canning two long three-balls to set the stage.
All told, frigid Cherokee made just 15-57 field goals for a freezing 26 percent, including 2-13 three-balls. Sheldon popped 22-50 shots for 44 percent, and was 5-11 from the three-point line. The Orabs were 11-20 from the line, and Cherokee 11-17.
Dilla paced the home team with five assists and four steals, while Sarah Radke had three steals.
Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen credited Lynn Carlson and Jesselyn Racine with superb efforts off the bench.
"it's a nice thing we get to play right away again after this game," said Klaahsen, mindful of a non-conference home game Saturday night against South O'Brien (read about that in Wednesday's Chronicle Times).
"We have great kids who work very hard. But tonight it just wasn't there. It's very frustrating because Sheldon is a team we can beat. We didn't get the job done and I'm looking for answers. We struggled offensively and we had good looks. We need to make plays or find someone to make plays. I'm searching. We're all searching."
Cherokee, now 3-8 over all and 2-7 in the Lakes, hosts dangerous Hull Western Christian Tuesday night.