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Rated Falcons hit WHS girls

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lacie Drennan of Cherokee fires a jump shot over Battle Creek-Ida Grove defender Ali Irwin in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Spirited Cherokee effort falls short against BCIG

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.

Cherokee's Nicole Hatch puts on the breaks as Battle Creek-Ida Grove defenders Ali Irwin, left, and Rebecca Shomo double-team her during exciting girls basketball action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Despite both teams playing an aggressive, physical defense, Cherokee was whistled for 20 fouls and BCIG 10 in the game. The Falcons connected on 14-27 free throws, compared to a 10-15 effort by the WHS club.

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."

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