ALTA - Senior guard Kylie Dilla had it going on here Saturday night, scoring a whopping 40 points while leading Cherokee to a 73-62 victory over pesky Alta.
Dilla poured in 26 of those game-high points in the second half when she was all but unstoppable, scoring from all over the court, many of those sweet jumpers from inside the three-point arc.
Dilla's line for the game showed her hitting 12-16 two-point field goals, 2-7 three-balls, and 10-11 free throws, including 10 in a row after missing her first foul shot in the game.
Her 40 points, however, are not a Cherokee Washington High 5-on-5 player scoring record. That honor belongs to former 6-4 All-Stater Tammi Blackstone, who popped in 46 points in 1994.
Cherokee sank 23-68 field goals all told, for 34 percent, including 3-12 three-balls. Alta netted 22-59 shots for 37 percent, and was 2-8 from the three-point line. The winners meshed 24-33 free throws, and Alta made 16-22.
Dee Hinkeldey paced the Cyclones' scoring with 20 points.
Kayla Messerole worked hard on the boards for Cherokee, snagging a dozen rebounds, while Jesselyn Racine hauled down eight, and Lacie Drennan six. Dilla also had eight steals and three assists to go along with her scoring outburst.
Cherokee recorded 19 turnovers and Alta totaled 29 while trying to keep up with Dilla.
"Alta has an excellent team, and they have two players - Jahde Hammer and Dee Hinkeldey - who gave us a lot of trouble," said Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen. "We didn't play well defensively in the first half and gave up way too many easy baskets. Fortunately, we came out much more aggressively in the third quarter to take control.
"What a tremendous game for Kylie. She didn't force any shots and took what the defense gave her. She has worked really hard to become an outstanding player, and it's great to see that pay off."
Cherokee, now 6-9 this season with a modest two-game winning streak, trailed 15-12 after the first quarter, and 38-35 at halftime, before Dilla and Company went to work in the third period, outscoring the Cyclones 18-5 to take control with a 53-43 lead heading into the final frame.
The Cherokee teams host Lakes Conference rival Spencer Friday night.