SPENCER - The talented Spencer girls broke out from a tenuous 24-19 halftime lead with a 20-10 scoring run in the third quarter on the way to a 60-36 Lakes Conference win over Cherokee Washington High here Friday night.
Julie Miller led Cherokee's scoring with 12 points, followed by Megan Hummel 10, and Jackie Wilson and Shanon Shaefer four apiece. Ally Mahrt paced Spencer with 18 points, and Ashley Williamson tallied 17 for a stout 1-2 punch.
Cherokee made 13-22 field goals against the punishing Spencer defense for a sizzling 59 percent, including 3-6 threeballs. The WHS gals were 8-15 from the free throw line.
Spencer was 19-43 from the field for 44 percent, including 5-17 threeballs. The Tigers were 7-14 from the foul line.
Miller led Cherokee in rebounds with six, Lauren Husman had five, and Katie Sambrano four. Shaefer led in steals with three, and Sambrano led in assists with three.
"We shot well, we just didn't shoot enough," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "Spencer plays a tough, aggressive defense and really limited our shots.
"We had 24 turnovers that hurt us, and that led to not very many shots. We had a good first half, but the turnovers in the second half and our failure to get back on defense really hurt us. We rebounded better against a good team."
Cherokee's girl host Le Mars at 5:45 tonight (followed by boys game) in a weather make-up, travel to Hull Western Christian Tuesday, and host Spirit Lake Friday.