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Rated Spencer rolls past Cherokee girls

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cherokee's Shanon Schaefer pulls up with the ball against a Spencer defender, while teammate Taylor Woods works to get open. Photo by Paul Struck
The undefeated and Class 3A rated Spencer girls rushed to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter, expanded that to 37-11 at halftime, and raced away to a 71-28 demolition of a youthful Cherokee team in Lakes Conference basketball here on Jan. 23.

Freshman Jackie Wilson led Cherokee with seven points, while Katie Sambrano and Shelby Dilla aded five each. Kelly Gerdeman led Spencer with 16 points.

Cherokee sank just 10-44 field goals for a frigid 23 percent, while the Tigers made a whopping 31-49 shots for a sizzling 63 percent. The Washington High gals netted 6-13 free throws, compared to Spencer's 7-15 from the line.

Jackie Wilson of Cherokee shows her shooting form on this free throw during her team's basketball game against Spencer. Photo by Paul Struck
Shanon Shaefer and Sambrano led Cherokee in steals with two apiece, and Misty Bruhn and Dilla led in assists with two each.

"They are talented and they strike quick," said Cherokee coach Abby James of the 11-0 Spencer club. "Our kids played hard and they play hard every game. Spencer's tough, but we didn't quit. Our young girls are showing improvement. Our seniors Misty and Shelby are doing a great job as leaders and staying positive."

Cherokee is playing without the services of two other senior leaders in Kelsie Peterson and Lynn Carlson, both out with injuries.

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