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Braves tumble at Le Mars, 61-47

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cherokee's Cody Ege drives for a layup over Le Mars defender Taylor Oetken as Oetken's teammate Paxton Strub trails the play in Le Mars on Jan. 20. Photo by Roy Tucker
LE MARS - The pesky Le Mars Bulldogs utilized home cooking and sank a whopping 24-28 free throws to Cherokee's 7-10, to claim a 61-47 Lakes Conference win here on Jan. 20.

Brock Dagel led a balanced Cherokee scoring effort with 12 points, while Matt Koch added nine, and Tyler Jones and Nick Parker seven apiece. Sam VanWettering led Le Mars with 17 points, with Chance Grady and Paxton Strub netting 10 each.

The Braves notched 22-47 field goals for 47 percent, while Le Mars made 23-58 for 40 percent.

Koch was a force on the boards for the Braves, grabbing 10 rebounds, while Kyle Schuck, Dagel, and Parker had four each. Koch also led in assists with six, and Cody Ege tallied five. Dagel, a 6-6 sophomore, also recorded a remarkable six blocked shots for Cherokee.

"That was a great atmosphere. A fun place to play," said Cherokee first-year coach Bart Smith of the Le Mars road trip. "It was a loss, but we took some positives out of the game. We made some nice break-aways and lay-ups at times. Le Mars runs so many sets, you always need to be aware of what they are doing.

"We were doing fine and led early, and then we started to make mistakes. We need to learn to play smarter. Matt Koch had an all-around good game and Brock and Kyle Schuck also did a good job on their big guys. We just need to keep working to get better toward the end of the season."

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