Cherokee tallied two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to make things interesting, but could not overcome the early 7-2 Spirit Lake lead had achieved after four innings.
Jenna Phipps got the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing five earned runs on 12 hits and five walks, with three strikeouts n six innings of work.
Lacie Drennan led the WHS offense with a 2-4 game and two runs scored. Kelsie Peterson rapped a double and scored a run, Alison Husman hit a double, and Kelsey Essick and Amanda Kohn each had a hit and run scored for Cherokee.
Mary Brown got the pitching win for the Indians, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.
"Unearned runs and errors were our downfall," said Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer. "Jenna Phipps pitched very well, even though the score does not reflect it. If we learn to play with a lead and learn not to press too hard, we will be OK."