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Alta girls handle young WHS team

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Shelby Dilla of Cherokee soars in for a lay-up during recent basketball action in Cherokee. With two seniors out with injury, Dilla is just one of two seniors left on the youthful WHS squad. Photo by Reta Todd
ALTA - The youthful Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team played their worst game of the season, according to coach Abby James, on the way to a 61-34 loss at Alta here on Jan. 24.

Shanon Shaefer led Cherokee's scoring with 10 points, and Taylor Woods added five. Both are freshmen. Jordan Henningsen led Ålta with 21 points, while Emily Grieme and Jessy Bibler tallied 13 apiece.

Three freshmen also paced the WHS club on the glass, with Jackie Wilson grabbing 10 rebounds, Woods nine, and Tasha Larsen seven.

"Although we out-rebounded them, we struggled with putting our bunny shots back in," noted James.

Shaefer also led in steals with six, and Shelby Dilla had four steals. Wilson nothed two assists and two blocked shots.

Cherokee sank 23-59 field goals for 39 percent, and Alta made 24-67 shots for 36 percent. WHS was 8-16 from the foul line, and Alta was 14-26 in the foul-plagued contest.

Cherokee was hurt by a whopping 33 turnovers.

"The girls just didn not come out ready to go tonight," said James. "We did not take care of the ball. Misty Bruhn had four fouls before halftime and Alta did a nice job of keeping the ball out of Dilla's hands. Both greatly affected our game.

"Tasha Larsen did a nice job of stepping in. She is showing great improvement this season. Shanon Shaefer did a wonderful job of playing hard the entire game."

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