Misty Bruhn of Cherokee passes the ball to a teammate over a Sheldon defender during the Lakes Conference girls basketball game here on Jan.9. Photo by Paul Struck
Dilla's 15 points not enough for Cherokee
The Cherokee Washington High girls, playing some of their best basketball this season, rallied in a spirited second quarter to trail just 27-26 to Sheldon at halftime here on Jan. 9th.
But a dismal second-half, in which they scored just three points in the third quarter and eight points total, did them in, as they fell to an aggressive Orab club 56-34, in Lakes Conference basketball action.
Cherokee's Kelsie Peterson (42) drives the ball into the middle of three Sheldon defenders in Lakes Conference basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Shelby Dilla fired in a career-best 15 points and pocketed five steals to lead the Cherokee effort, while Julie Miller and Kelsie Peterson tallied five points apiece. Miller also led her team in rebounds with seven, and Peterson grabbed six.
Miller and Peterson also totaled two assists and two steals each.
Brittany Boerhave paced Sheldon's scoring with 24 points.
Cherokee made 14-58 field goals for a frigid 24 percent and cashed in 4-10 free throws. Sheldon was 11-19 from the line.
Cherokee's cause was hampered with the loss of senior post player Lynn Carlson to a foot injury. She is out for the season.
Cherokee's freshman post player Taylor Woods (52) ponders her next move as three Sheldon defenders collapse in on her in Lakes Conference girls basketball action here. Photo by Paul Struck
"Shelby played a great all-around game," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "She worked hard at both ends of the court. Our shots just would not fall in the second half. The girls were tired from the effort they gave in the first half. They work hard and we play a lot of freshmen with no varsity experience.
"As long as the girls continue to work hard and listen, we'll be OK. That's all I can ask of them."