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WHS girls fall short at Ridge View

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

HOLSTEIN - Trailing 18-11 after one quarter, and 25-23 at halftime, the Cherokee Washington High girls kept battling to take a 38-37 lead after three quarters. but could not make it hold up, falling 56-50 to Ridge View here Saturday night.

Cherokee Washington High girls coach Abby James talks strategy with her team during a narrow loss to Ridge View in Holstein Saturday night. Cherokee assistant coaches Heath Hagberg and Jim Leonard are in background. Photo by Reta Todd
Lauren Husman paced the balanced Cherokee team, which platoons fiveseomes about every minute, with 12 points, and Megan Hummel chipped in with eight.

Cherokee sank 20-63 field goals in the fast-paced game for a chilly 32 percent, including just 4-20 from the three-point line. The WHS gals meshed 5-9 free throws.

Ridge View made 21-47 field goals for 45 percent, and converted 14-27 free throws - nine more makes on 18 more attempts to account for the scoring differential. The Raptors were just 0-1 on threeballs.

Ridge View's Brooke Wiese is focused before shooting a free throw during her team's non-conference game with Cherokee Saturday night in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
Chelsea Clayton paced the winners with 21 points, and younger sister Egypt Clayton tallied 20. Jessica Mathes added six points. Egypt Clayton led her team in rebounds with 11, and Sydney Shell grabbed six. Chelsea Clayton led the Raptors in steals with six, and assists with four.

Hummel led Cherokee on the boards with five, followed by Husman and Shanon Shaefer four apiece. Shaefer also led her team in steals with six, and Katie Sambrano had five, along with three assists.

"This was a tough loss," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "We started out the game at a slow pace and struggled to rally get a rhythm until the end of the second quarter. We showed strong spurts, but they were few and far between.

"We missed a lot of simple shots and turnovers were a huge factor tonight. We've grown as a team by proving we can play with a team, now we need to learn to finish as a team."

In their final games before the holiday break, Cherokee plays at Spirit Lake Friday night and Ridge View hosts Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto Friday night.

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