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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cherokee's Lynn Carlson (54) tightens her defense on the Emmetsburg ball handler, while teammate Misty Bruhn (10) races in to help during basketball action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Peterson leads Cherokee with 15 points

The youthful Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team kept battling throughout, but its offense faltered late in the game on the way to a 54-45 loss to Emmetsburg in entertaining Lakes Conference action here on Dec. 2.

Cherokee, hitting timely baskets when it counted, led 9-7 after the first quarter, and took a 16-16 deadlock in at halftime, before the visiting E-Hawks darted to a 35-28 lead heading into the final frame. Emmetsburg then outscored Cherokee 19-17 in an exciting final quarter to get out of town with the win.

Cherokee's Kelsie Peterson plays tight defense on Emmetsburg's Bailee Moore during their team's Lakes Conference encounter. Photo by Paul Struck
Kelsie Peterson led Cherokee's scoring with 15 points, followed by Julianne Miller's 10, Misty Bruhn nine, and Lynn Carlson eight.

Peterson and Shelby Dilla led the WHS girls in steals with six apiece, while Bruhn and Carlson each registered four, and Miller and Liz Dawson three in their frequent full-court pressure defense.

Bruhn also paced her team on the boards with seven rebounds, and Dilla led in assists with four.

Cherokee grabbed a short-lived lead in the closing minutes after timely three-point baskets by Peterson and Bruhn, but Emmetsburg's Tiffany Wollum and Madison Woodruff countered with a pair of threes each to regain and sustain the lead for the E-Hawks.

Cherokee defenders Julianne Miller (34) and Clare Tuttle (14) close in on Emmetsburg's Tiffany Wollum during Lakes Conference basketball action Tuesday night in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
"This was a tough loss," said Cherokee first-year head coach Abby James. "Some of the girls really pushed themselves and gave 100 percent. We need to get everyone on the same page all the time. Julianne Miller proved to be a force inside with the bigs. She has now become more of a force on both sides of the court."

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