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Unity Christian girls end Cherokee season

Monday, February 18, 2008

Cherokee senior Shauna Drefke shoots a jump shot in District Tournament play Saturday night in Orange City. Photo by Reta Todd
Rated Knights blister WHS 74-42 in Districts

ORANGE CITY - The enigmatic Cherokee Washington High girls scored just 15 points in the second and third quarters, on the way to a 74-42 defeat to rated Orange City Unity Christian (20-2) in Class 2A District basketball action here on Feb.9.

Cherokee shot just 32 percent from the field in the game, connecting on 21-66 field goals, including a chilly 5-17 from the three-point arc. Cherokee canned 5-9 free throws.

The WHS lasses had just one player hit double figures against the tough Unity Christian defense, with Shelby Dilla tallying 11 points. Misty Bruhn and Lacie Drennan managed five points apiece.

Kelsey Essick, a Cherokee senior, drives past an Orange City Unity Christian defender in District Tournament action Saturday night in Orange City. Photo by Reta Todd
Drennan led Cherokee on the boards with seven rebounds, while Nicole Hatch, Alison Husman, and Dilla pocketed three each. Drennan had three blocked shots, led in assists with three, and Hatch led in steals with two.

"We played very well until there were four minutes left in the second quarter," said Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer. "Those last four minutes, they outscored us 14-1.

"We struggled to score in the third quarter and got down by 29. They pushed the lead to over 30 and we cut it down to 24 in the fourth quarter, but could not mount any major comeback. We did a great job of holding their three-point shooter Woudstra to three points, but we could not stop their best player DeJong, who scored 29."

Cherokee finishes the season with a 3-19 record, while the Unity Christian Knights of the War Eagle Conference continue down the tourney trail.

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