The Estherville-LC Midgets want to know just who dat? wearing #12 for the Cherokee Braves basketball team here Tuesday night, because they never got a good enough look when he blurred by them to recognize him.
So, we'll spill the beans. It was Cody Ege, Cherokee's mercurial senior guard, who gives an all-new meaning to quickness on a basketball court during Cherokee's 67-37 Lakes Conference win.
When Ege wasn't performing his magic, 6-7 junior center Brock Dagel was, finishing with 16 hard-earned points, five rebounds, and three blocked shots. Talented junior wing Seth Mahnke popped in 12 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Braves dominated the game from the get-go, largely due to Ege's non-stop action on both ends of the floor.
Alex Arends led the Midgets with 15 points, and Spencer Johnson tallied 10.
The Braves sank 30-65 field goals for 46 percent, and were 3-15 from the three-point arc, and 4-9 from the foul line. E-LC made 14-50 shots for 28 percent, was 2-8 fo threeballs, and netted 7-13 free throws.
Cherokee jumped to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter and led 34-21 at halftime after a bit of lethargic play in the second period let E-LC sneak back into it. However, the Braves outscored the Midgets 33-16 in the second half to ice it.
"We played a good first quarter and fourth quarter, but the middle two were a little lacking offensively," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee, who has led his team to a sparkling 12-5 record to date.
"But our defense played strong those two quarters, only giving up a grand total of 20 points in that span. Cody Ege had an oustanding all-around game, and Brock Dagel shot the ball real well."
The Braves play at 10th-ranked Le Mars (13-3) Friday night and host that same Bulldog team Monday here in a weather make-up.