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Rated Spencer handles WHS girls

Monday, December 14, 2009

Megan Hummel of Cherokee hustles to the loose ball as teammate Megan Carlson, left, races in to help during girls basketball action against ranked Spencer in Cherokee Friday night. Bumping Hummel is Spencer's Carolyn Gerdeman, while Cherokee's Taylor Woods and Spencer's Clare Goeken (25) and Ashley Williamson stay in the action. Photo by Paul Struck
The battling Cherokee Washington High girls just kept playing hard throughout the game here Friday night after giving up a 21-7 scoring advantage to visiting Spencer in the second quarter, ultimately falling 68-47 to the Class 3A rated Tigers.

Spencer mounted an 11-6 lead after the first quarter, but went on a 19-0 scoring tear in the second period to go in at halftime with a 32-13 lead. The Tigers led 56-27 after three quarters, before matching Cherokee basket for basket in the fourth to seal the deal.

Shanon Shaefer led Cherokee's scoring in the two-platoon offense employed by the WHS lasses with 12 points, while Taylor Woods added nine.

Ally Mahrts paced Spencer with 20 points, and Carolyn Gerdeman added 14.

Cherokee's Shanon Shaefer (10) leaps high while defending a potential pass by Spencer's Clare Goeken in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee sank 21-46 field goals for a warm 47 percent, and was 3-3 from the foul line. Spencer made 29-61 field goals for 48 percent and was 4-7 from the foul line as the officials let both teams play physical defense.

Jackie Wilson led Cherokee on the boards with four rebounds, and Katie Sambrano grabbed three. Shaefer led her team in assists with five, and also in steals with six. Shaefer also was 5-5 from the field, including a three-ball.

A telling factor in the game was Spencer's 25-16 rebounding advantage.

"The girls came out ready to play," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "We played a great first quarter, but struggled during the second quarter. Our fourth quarter was a very aggressive one and the girls were all over the floor, which was great to see.

"As a whole, I'm happy with the way the girls played tonight and hope the enthusiasm continues. I feel we showed tremendous growth tonight."

The Cherokee girls host Hull Western Christian Tuesday night and travel to Spirit Lake Friday before the holiday break.

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