EMMETSBURG - The hustling Cherokee Washington High girls overcame an early 8-0 deficit on the way to a rewarding 44-39 Lakes Conference basketball victory over Emmetsburg here Tuesday night.
The WHS gals placed three players in double figures to claim the win, with Megan Hummel and Katie Sambrano each scoring 14 points, and Shanon Shaefer tallying 11. Jackie Wilson added four points.
Julie Miller led the winners in rebounds with four, and Hummel grabbed three, as the host E-Hawks out-rebounded Cherokee 30-13 in the game. Sambrano dished six assists to lead Cherokee in that category, while Shaefer totaled four. Shaefer led her team in steals with three.
Cherokee sank 15-40 field goals for 38 percent, including a 5-16 effort from the three-point line. The WHS club was 8-17 from the foul line.
Paige Naig led the E-Hawks in scoring with 22 points, while Nicole Leuer scored nine, and Kaity Degen six.
"We got off to a slow start and found ourselves down by eight points in the early moments of the first quarter and then settled down to fight our way back into the game," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg.
"We did a nice job of being patient against their zone defense and took advantage of some good scoring opportunities. Defensively, we need to improve our team defense to not allow our opponents to take advantage of their post game."
Cherokee hosts Storm Lake Friday night and travels to South O'Brien Saturday night.