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.
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.