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 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.
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.