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Rated Cougars maul WHS girls

Monday, December 7, 2009

Jackie Wilson of Cherokee readies to pick up her dribble and pass to teammate Shanon Shaefer, foreground, during girls basketball action in Cherokee last week against Manson NW Webster. Photo by Paul Struck
Rated Manson NW Webster tore apart the youthful Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team here Thursday night, racing to a 26-5 lead in the first quarter, and expanding that to 49-16 at halftime, on the way to a 78-31 non-conference victory.

The Cougars' tall and talented inside duo of 6-1 Mika Rodewald and 6-0 Lauren Christianson scored 19 points apiece to lead the winners, despite sitting out much of the second half due to the insurmountable lead already established in the early going.

Lauren Husman and Amanda Kohn paced Cherokee's platooning attack with nine points each. The Cherokee girls strive to platoon two fivesomes every minute or less to keep pressure on the opponent, but its effectiveness didn't materialize against the highly regarded Cougars with three experienced seniors leading the way.

Cherokee's Julie Miller (34) plays tough defense on Manson NW Webster's Lauren Christianson, who looks for teammate Samantha Condon (55) during basletball action in Cherokee Thursday night. At right, Cherokee's Liz Dawson hustles over to help on defense. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee sank 11-45 field goals for a frigid 24 percent, including a 5-23 effort from the three-point line. The WHS lasses netted 4-9 free throws.

Manson NW Webster made 33-72 shots for a warm 46 percent, and was 12-21 from the free throw line. The Cougars were 0-4 from the three-point arc.

Katie Sambrano led Cherokee in assists with four, and steals with three. Megan Hummel led the team in rebounds with six, and Shanon Shaefer, Julie Miller, and Husman each grabbed five.

Cherokee was hurt by a whopping 36 turnovers against the tough Cougar defense.

"This was a tough all-around game," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "Manson was in the State Tournament last year and have returned very strong. The girls played hard, but struggled with Manson's height and quickness.

"Amanda Kohn played a good game, scoring a career high nine points. Shanon Shaefer and Megan HUmmel showed tremendous hustle up and down the court all night. despite the differences in the scores, playing all these ranked teams early in the season is a good learning experience."

The Cherokee girls play at Emmetsburg Tuesday night.

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