A pesky half-court trapping defense and superb balanced scoring led the Cherokee Washington High girls to an exciting 58-54 Lakes Conference victory over Emmetsburg here on Jan. 11.
Hustling on defense, hitting the boards, and pushing the ball upcourt throughout, the energized Cherokee club, with one proven varsity regular with experience, rang up its first win of the season after 10 consecutive losses, many of those last-minute bummers when Cherokee just could not finish the job.
This night, the WHS girls were not to be denied, with balanced scoring their forte~throughout. Misty Bruhn led the way on offense with 11 points, followed by Alison Husman 10, Jesselynn Racine nine, Lacie Drennan nine, Nicole Hatch eight, and Shauna Drefke seven.
Dilla, Drennan, and Shelby Dilla paced Cherokee in assists with four apiece, while Drennan, Hatch, and Dilla led their team in steals.
Emmetsburg also had balnced scoring, with three players hitting double figures. Bailey Moore led the way with 15 points, followed by Kayla Herbers with 14, and Molly Smith 12.
The E-Hawks led 12-8 after the first quarter following a lethargic start by Cherokee, but the WHS gals battled back on a 21-8 scoring tear to take a 29-20 lead into halftime. Cheokee led 41-35 heading into the final eight minutes.
"We battled and overcame foul trouble (three starters fouled out)," said Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer. "We've been so close in several games this season but couldn't finish. Tonight we finished and all the credit goes to the girls. They refused to be denied."