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Tigers run it up on WHS girls

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cherokee's Erica Nicholson drives the ball past Spencer defender Emily Wassom in Lakes Conference girls basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The Spencer Tigers, third-ranked in Class 3A, showed no mercy in devastating an inexperienced Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team here on Dec. 7, absconding into the frigid night with a decisive 82-34 Lakes Conference victory.

After many years of Cherokee dominance in the Lakes Conference, the talented Tigers obviously smelled blood in the water early and kept the pedal to the metal with a 16-6 lead after one quarter, a 44-30 laugher at halftime, and a 63-32 lead after three frames.

Midway into the final period, with his club leading by an insurmountable 75-34 advantage, Spencer coach Don Martindale finally went to his bench tickled pink with the victory.

Nicole Hatch of Cherokee pulls up with the ball against Spencer defender Abby Salton, while Hatch's teammate Jesselyn Racine moves into position for a possible pass in basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Lacie Drennan led Cherokee's scoring with 11 points, followed by Nicole Hatch with nine, Jesselyn Racine eight, and Erica Nicholson six.

Marni Jacobson, a talented four-year starter with 22 points, led the Tigers, in the process setting a Spencer career scoring record that was nobly acknowledged by the Spencer and Cherokee fans. Brittany Peterson added 21 for the winners, and Emily Watson chipped in 10.

Cherokee netted 8-16 free thows, and Spencer meshed 13-19. The WHS girls sank 12-38 field goals for a chilly 32 percent, while Spencer made 30-52 shots for a sizzling 58 percent.

Drennan also led Cherokee in rebounds with nine, while Racine, saddled with foul trouble much of th first half, grabbed six.

"We played hard and we played as a team against a tough opponent," said first-year Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer. "It's easy to see why they're rated third. They have a lot of weapons. But we're starting to learn to play together and we're only going to get better."

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