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Cherokee girls lose to E-LC Midgets

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Try as they may, and they have all season long, the Cherokee Washington High girls just couldn't get over the hump here Tuesday night, falling 47-33 to a solid Estherville-LC team in Lakes Conference basketball.

Cherokee's Shanon Shaefer corrals the loose ball during her team's Lakes Conference tussle with Estherville-LC in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
After trailing 16-14 at halftime, Cherokee knotted the game with the first basket of the second half, but from then on the visiting Midgets controlled the game by fashioning a 10-12 point lead the rest of the way and answering any Cherokee basket with one of their own.

Katie Sambrano paced Cherokee's scoring with eight points, and Megan Hummel added seven, and Shanon Shaefer six. The WHS girls just couldn't get the shots to fall, missing several close-in buckets to prolong serious scoring droughts throughout.

Allie Sievert, a 6-0 freshman, led E-LC with 14 points, and Alyssa Johnson, a 6-1 sophomore, totaled 10.

Cherokee sank 14-45 field goals for a chilly 31 percent, including 3-12 from the three-point line. The WHS club netted 2-8 free throws.

Cherokee defenders Taylor Woods (52) and Amanda Kohn apply defensive pressure to Estherville-LC's Liz Humble in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Midgets meshed 17-58 shots for a meager 29 percent, includinmg an 0-10 effort in threeballs. The winners made 13-22 free throws.

Julie Miller led Cherokee's rebounding effort with seven, and Jackie Wilson grabbed four. Sambrano led her team in assists with four, and also gleaned five steals, while Shaefer led in steals with six.

"The girls came out ready to play tonight, something we really struggled with last week," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "We started the game kind of struggling to get anything going offensively, but we played very strong defense and kept E-LC limited in scoring as well. We pl;ayed four very aggressive quarters, but starting the third quarter with a lag in scoring and putting EL-C on the line so much hurt us.

"It was great to see our seniors play well on senior night. Amanda Kohn stepped up and got us going with a three-point shot in the second quarter. JUlie did a great job crashing the boards and Lauren Husman stepped forward with a very aggressive game."

Cherokee travels to Le Mars Friday and hosts Le Mars Monday in a weather make-up game to finish revular season play.

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