The non-conference tussle saw the Warriors erupt with a 21-8 scoring tear in the pivotal third quarter to ice the game. Cherokee battled to the end, however, posting a 16-6 scoring advantage inthe final frame, but it was too little, too late for the Washington High gals.
Lynn Carslon led Cherokee's scoring with 15 points, and Kelsie Peterson added 11. Megan Glisar led SB-L with 15 points, and Erin Reinders notched 14 for the winners.
Cherokee sank 16-44 field goals for a chilly 36 percent, and cashed in 11-16 free throws. Carlson led WHS on the boards with nine rebounds, while Misty Bruhn and Julie Miller each grabbed four. Peterson led Cherokee is assists with five.
"Misty Bruhn showed aother strong defensive game," said Cherokee first-year coach Abby James. "She has proven to be a strong leader on the defensive end of the court. Kelsie Peterson really put her game together tonight. Sophomore Liz Dawson is also showing great gains game by game.
"I am proud of the way the girls played. They have really learned to work together and are becoming more of a solid team each game. I'm not sure if they understood how close we were in this game and I hope that although we did not win, they see this game as a confidence booster for the great improvement they are showing."