ORANGE CITY - The talented Orange City Unity Christian girls jumped out to a 22-14 lead in the first quarter and maintained the lead throughout to claim a 59-43 Class 2A Regional first-round basketball win over Cherokee Washington High here Saturday night.
The youthful Cherokee team battled gamely all night and closed the gap to 42-36 after three quarters, but could not overtake the Knights on their home floor.
Lindsey Moerman led the Knights with 17 points, followed by Jillian Visser and Caroline Reinders with 16 apiece.
Julie Miller, Megan Carlson, and Hummel led Cherokee in assists with three each. Shaefer led her team in steals with four, and Lauren Husman and Carlson each tallied three steals.
Wilson led the visitors in the boards with nine rebounds, while Hummel pocketed seven, and Miller seven. Cherokee was victimized by 28 turnovers, and Unity Christian registered 18.
The WHS lasses were 3-4 from the foul line, and Unity Christian was 5-9.
"We came out fighting tonight, playing four solid quarters," said Cherokee coach Abby James. "We did a lot of good things and continue to recognize the things that we need to work on.
"Our post players played well, working against some much taller girls all night. Julie Miller and Jackie Wilson did a nice job on the boards and Jackie pushed her way inside on a number of putbacks."
Cherokee finishes the 2009-10 campaign with a 2-18 record.