SPENCER - The eighth-rated Class 3A Spencer girls bolted to a 25-4 lead in the first quarter, ballooned that to 39-7 at halftime, and didn't even say goodbye on the way to a resounding 86-28 Lakes Conference victory over Cherokee here on Jan. 18.
Playing their regular rotation late into the fourth quarter, the Tigers kept the pedal to the metal to outscore the inexperienced Washington High girls 19-11 in the third frame, and 28-10 in the final period to seriously rout the team they so struggled to ever beat for the past seven years.
Marni Jacobsen led Spencer with 15 points, while Ally Mahrt added 13, and Krista DeGeest nine. Lacie Drennan led Cherokee with nine points.
Cherokee did win the free throw battle, sinking 15-21, compared to Spencer's 11-16. The taller Tigers also dominated the boards, with Jesselyn Racine leading Cherokee with four rebounds, while Kelsey Essick and Alison Husman grabbed three apiece. "There weren't very many rebounds available because they rarey missed any shots," said Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer of the hot-shooting Tigers.
Remarkably, Cherokee (1-14) made just six field goals in the game, including 3-12 three-pointers, and 4-23 two-pointers. That totals 6-35 for a scant 17 percent. Twenty-four turnovers also plagued the young WHS club.
"In the first half, they ran away from us with fast-break lay-ups we couldn't stop. Then, after we stopped that in the second half, they made six threes in the second half," explained Dettmer. "Misty Bruhn hit our first shot, a three-pointer to give us a 3-0 lead, and after that, the flood gates opened."