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.
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.