Freshman Jackie Wilson led Cherokee with eight points and 10 rebounds, while Lauren Husman and Misty Bruhn each contributed five points. Tara lehner led the victorious Bulldogs with 14 points, and Emily Anderson scored 11.
Cherokee managed just 10-43 field goals for a meager 23 percent, and converted 11-18 free throws. le Mars sank 25-59 field goals for 42 percent, and meshed 15-32 free throws in the fooul-plagued game.
Julie Miller pocketed six rebounds for Cherokee, and Husman had four steals and Shelby Dilla three. Bruhn led her team in assists with two and she also had two steals.
Cherokee was victimized by 22 turnovers and continued to play without the services of two senior leaders in Kelsie Peterson and Lynn Carlson, both out with injuries.
"Jackie Wilson had another good night," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "She plays hard and is gaining more experience each night. Lauren Husman is stepping up into a leadership role on the court.
"Tonight we struggled with ball control. We had a large number of turnovers and just could not seem to get into the game. We have ouor usual spurts of tough, aggressive, and smart play, but we are still trying to find that for 32 minutes."