Misty Bruhn of Cherokee fires a shot over Storm Lake defender Morgan VanderSloot during girls Lakes Conference basketball in Cherokee on Feb. 2. Photo by Sarah Gengler
Rated Storm Lake broke out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and sustained that margin into a 28-10 halftime lead on the way to a decisive 70-31 conquest of the youthful Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team here on Feb. 3.
Freshman Jackie Wilson led Cherokee's scoring with eight points, while freshman Shanon Shaefer added five, and Julianne Miller four.
Slone Masters led the winning Tornadoes with 21 points, and Katie Blum chipped in with 14.
Shanon Shaefer of Cherokee goes in for an uncontested lay-up during her team's basketball game against Storm Lake here on Feb. 3. Photo by Sarah Gengler
Cherokee sank just 12-46 foeld goals for a frigid 26 percent, and cashed in 6-10 free throws. Storm Lake made 24-60 field goals for 40 percent, and netted 16-26 free throws for a 10-point advantage from the line.
Shelby Dilla led Cherokee in assists with three, and Shaefer led in steals with four. Wilson had two assists. Miller paced the WHS gals on the glass with five rebounds, while Wilson, Shaefer, and Misty Bruhn each pocketed three.
"The girls played hard tonight," said Cherokee first-year coach Abby James. "It was great to see them really get after the ball and enjoy the game. Although the score hasn't been on our side this season, the girls are continuing to show growth.
Showing their support
The Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team stand up to support a teammate as she shoots a free throw during a recent home game. Photo by Sarah Gengler
"Jackie Wilson and Shanon Shaefer played well tonight. They are getting more confident at the varsity level and doing a great job for us."