As they have all season, the Cherokee girls left it all on the court against the Midgets, leading 12-11 after one quarter, and trailing 27-21 at halftime. E-LC led 41-31 heading into the final frame before The gritty WHS club fought back to pull to within three points at 50-47 with one minute left to play, before the Midgets sealed the deal at the free throw line down the stretch as Cherokee was forced to foul to stop the clock.
Senior Shelby Dilla led Cherokee with a career high 20 points, and senior Misty Bruhn added 10 in their final home game. Kelsie McCauley paced E-LC with 21 points, and Emily Jensen added 12 points.
Cherokee sank 14-47 field goals for a chilly 30 percent, and cashed in on 11-16 free throws. The Midgets made 19-50 field goals for 38 percent and was 19-33 from the free throw line. Cherokee netted 7-14 three-balls in the game.
The Cherokee cause was hurt by the fact four starters played through foul trouble most of the way, with Miller and Bruhn fouling out, and Wilson and Dilla finishing the game with four fouls each.
"This was our best overall game of the year," noted Cherokee coach Abby James. "We're young and we're going to make mistakes. We had 24 turnovers and several of them in the final minutes that really cost us. But they're freshmen playing against seniors and that's always tough.
"We left it all on the court. I can't ask our girls to play any harder. Shelby and Misty had great games and showed why they are our senior leaders. If we continue to work hard, this young team can be something."