HULL - A two-point first quarter and a total of five at halftime buried the young Cherokee Washington High girls in too deep of a hole from which to recover, and the tough Hull Western Christian girls raced away to a 59-25 Lakes Conference win here Tuesday night.
Cherokee sank 10-30 field goals for 33 percent, including 3-9 from the three-point arc. The WHS gals were just 2-5 from the free throw line.
HWC out-rebounded Cherokee 28-16. Jackie Wilson led Cherokee with five rebounds, Taylor Woods and Shanon Shaefer led in assists with two each, and Shaefer and Katie Sambrano registered two steals each.
"The girls really did not come out to play tonight," said Cherokee coach Abby James of her first game back at the helm after a maternity leave. "We struggled getting the game going, got frustrated with each other, and Hull Western Christian took full advantage.
"Our fundamentals were completely lax tonight and we are in a desperate need of some practice time. We've got some challenging games to come, and we need to play together to be competitive."
Cherokee hosts Spirit Lake tonight in Lakes Conference action.