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Spencer spanks Cherokee girls

Friday, December 19, 2008

Nice shot! Cherokee freshman Tasha Larsen gets off a shot against a Le Mars defender in recent basketball action here. Photo by Reta Todd
SPENCER - The young Cherokee girls scored the first basket of the game to take a two-point lead and then the roof caved in against Class 3A 12th-rated, undefeated Spencer, as the Tigers strolled to a 77-23 Lakes Conference victory here on Dec. 12.

Spencer raced to a 22-2 lead after the first quarter, expanded that to 39-7 at halftime, and took a 63-16 lead into the fourth frame with few substitutions and their veteran starters staying the course to only pad the scoring margin.

Brittany Peterson led the talented Tigers with 20 points, while Ally Mahrt added 16.

Sophomore Liz Dawson paced Cherokee's scoring with five points, while Kelsie Peterson added four, and Taylor Woods and Lynn Carlson three each.

Cherokee sank 13-40 field goals for 33 percent, and cashed in 3-7 free throws. Peterson also led Cherokee in assists with two, and Katie Sambrano, Peterson, Misty Bruhn, and Shelby Dilla registered two osteals each.

"They are a very tough team," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "They're very athletic and deep. Taylor Woods had a good game for us off the bench on the inside. She worked to get open but we had trouble getting her the ball. We're young, we're going to make mistakes.

"A bright spot is that the freshman we called upon stepped up and did a good job in their first varsity competition this year. We'll continue to show improvement."

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