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Cherokee girls showing improvement

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lynn Carlson battles for the ball for Cherokee while teammate Misty Bruhn hustles in to assist and Spirit Lake defender Amber Kirschbaum applies pressure to the situation Monday night in Cherokee. Photo by Reta Todd
The Cherokee Washington High girls continued to show improvement, despite dropping two tough Lakes Conference games recently.

Cherokee lost 54-28 to rated Spirit Lake on Monday night in Cherokee, in a make-up of the game postponed from Dec. 16 due to inclement weather, and then lost, 67-59, at Estherville=LC on Tuesday.

Kelsie Peterson led Cherokee against the Indians with 13 points, and All-Stater Amber Kirschbaum paced Spirit Lake with 20 points. The hustling Peterson also led her team in steals with seven.

Cherokee's Shelby Dilla dribbles the ball off a pick set by teammate Misty Bruhn in Lakes Conference basketball action against Spirit Lake here Monday night. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee sank 13-40 field goals against Spirit Lake for a cold 33 percent, and made 4-10 free throws. The efficient, patient Indians netted 20-40 shots for a sizzling 50 percent, and cashed in 15-22 free throws for an 11-point advantage in that category.

"The girls came out ready to play tonight, something we've struggled with until the second quarter. We were quiet offensively again, but we did a great job defensively," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "The girls are continuing to improve and showed true team effort."

Peterson also led the WHS gals against E-LC on the road Tueday night, scoring 14 points, followed by Shelby Dilla 12, and freshman Taylor Woods 11. Tara Jacobsen led the Midgets with 19 points. Peterson also led in assists with four for Cherokee, and Julie Miller paced WHS on the boards at both ends of the court.

Cherokee netted 33-71 field goals for 46 percent and was 8-18 from the three-point line, and 2-9 for free throws. E-LC shot 28-62 field goals for 45 percent, and was 18-31 from the free throw line for the difference in the game.

"The girls played a great game all the way around tonight," said coach James. "This was the best first quarter (Cherokee trailed 17-16) we have played this season. We are finally playing the entire game. I was proud of the girls' effort. They never let up. We are growing each game and that's all I can ask for."

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