Junior stalwarts Hannah Redenius and Rebecca Shomo combined for 53 points to lead the undefeated and seventh-ranked Battle Creek-Ida Grove girls to a hard-earned 73-61 victory over Cherokee here Tuesday night.
Despite the two-headed offensive attack for the visiting Falcons, the Washington High girls stayed the course throughout and kept battling. They were led in scoring by Lacie Drennan with 15 points, Misty Bruhn 11, and Jesselyn Racine 10. In addition, Shelby Dilla and Nicole Hatch each tallied eight points for a well-balanced Cherokee offense.
Redenius scored 30 points to lead the 5-0 Falcons, while Shomo added 23, and senior Katie Hummelgard chipped in 14 for coach Pat Miller's vaunted girls basketball program.
Hatch led Cherokee in assists with three, and in steals with two. Alison Husman led in rebounds with four.
Cherokee sank 23-64 field goals for 36 percent, including an 8-24 effort from the three-point line.
BCIG led 25-13 after the first quarter, and 44-32 at halftime, before taking a 59-44 lead into the final frame. Cherokee outscored the Falcons 17-14 in the last eight minutes.
"Our record doesn't show it, but we are improving and getting to where we need to be," said first-year Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer of his 0-6 team. "This was our best overall effort so far. BCIG is a good, well-coached team with a lot of talent and we hung in there with them all the way."