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.
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.
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.