Kylie Dilla tallied 16 points, and Kayla Messerole and Lacie Drennan 10 apiece to lead Cherokee past a dangerous Hinton club in Class 2A girls basketball District action in Cherokee on Feb. 14th.
Cherokee led at all the breaks, and withstood an 11-8 Blackhawk scoring run in the third quarter that closed a 21-15 halftime gap to 29-26, Cherokee, heading into the final eight minutes. However, the Washington High gals sank 8-9 free throws in the fourth quarter to lay claim to the 48-41 victory.
Cherokee sank 18-41 field goals for 44 percent, and netted 10-12 free throws. Hinton made 17-56 shots for a chilly 30 percent, including a 2-15 effort from the three-point arc, and meshed 5-11 free throws.
Steph Dittmer led the Blackhawks' scoring with 14 points, as Hinton hangs 'em up for the season with a shiny 14-8 won-loss record.
Kelsey Essick and Drennan led the winners in assists with three each, and Dilla had four steals to lead that category.
"We turned the ball over too much and didn't rebound well enough, but played good defense and came through in the clutch in the fourth quarter to get the win," said Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen.
"Kayla hit a big three to tie it in the fourth quarter, and Kelsey hit a jumper to put us ahead. We also were 8-9 from the free throw line in the fourth which pulled us through."
Cherokee (9-13) played rated Orange City Unity Christian (20-2) in Class 2A District Finals on Feb. 17th in Orange City.