SERGEANT BLUFF - The potent Sergeant Bluff-Luton girls went on a 26-12 scoring tear in the second quarter on the way to an 80-51 win over young Cherokee here Saturday night in non-conference action.
Shanon Shaefer led the balanced Cherokee scoring with 10 points, followed by Taylor Woods eight, Julie Miller six, and Jackie Wilson, Megan Carlson, Lauren Husman, and Megan HUmmel five apiece.
The Washington High lasses sank 18-57 field goals for 32 percent, including a 9-27 effort from the three-point arc. Cherokee netted 6-8 free throws in the game.
The WHS club was hurt by 37 turnovers in the fast-paced game pushed by Cherokee. Megan Carlson led her team in assists with four, and Shaefer led in steals with three.
"We started the game with good intensity and really pushed the pace of the game to out liking," said Cherokee assistant coach Heath Hagberg. "The first quarter was back and forth and then Sergeant Bluff-Luton came out in the second quarter in a 3/4 court press that really slowed our offense down, leading us into some poor choices with the ball.
"We need to learn to adjust to different defensive tactics that teams present during the course of the game. I felt at times our offense created some good open looks, but we need to improve our defensive rotations and do an improved job of maintaining consistent pressure on the ball. We definitely need to value the basketball and decrease our turnovers."
The Cherokee girls play Ridge View in Holstein Saturday night, game time to be announced.