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HWC girls beat young Cherokee squad

Friday, December 18, 2009

Visiting Hull Western Christian outscored the young Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team 25-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 60-41 Lakes Conference victory here Tuesday night.

Cherokee's Megan Hummel grabs the ball as Hull Western Christian defender Katie Pollema chases the play in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Reta Todd
The Wolfpack led at all the breaks, 12-7 after one quarter, 22-14 at halftime, and 47-23 heading into the final eight minutes.

Megan Hummel led the WHS gals with nine points, while Shanon Shaefer tallied eight, and Jackie Wilson seven in Cherokee's fast-paced, platooning offense, with two units playing about a minute each throughout.

Kayla Gesink led HWC with 14 points, and Shantell Gritters scored nine.

Cherokee's Jackie Wilson (44) wins the tip on a jump ball against Hull Western Christian in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Reta Todd
Cherokee sank 16-44 field goals for 36 percent, and was 6-13 from the free throw line. The WHS girls were just 3-20 from the three-point arc

HWC made 18-55 shots for 44 percent, and was 6-12 from the charity line. The Wolfpack netted 6-20 threeballs.

Wilson led Cherokee on the boards with five rebounds, and Hummel pocketed four. Shaefer paced her team in steals with three and she and Julie Miller led in assists with two each.

"We came out playing a much stronger second quarter than we have all season, but in turn struggled through the third," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "We need to focus on fundamentals and playing as a strong unit at all times. We are growing with each game with points and rebounds spreading throughout the team, but we need to increase numbers in both departments and lessen our turnovers to take our game to the next level."

The Cherokee teams play at Spirit Lake tonight before heading into the holiday break.

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