A tall and talented Sergeant Bluff-Luton team went on a 22-5 scoring run midway into the first quarter and never let up after that, cruising to an 84-36 victory over the Cherokee Washington High girls here Saturday night.
Peppery guard Katie Sambrano led Cherokee with 11 points, while Shanon Shaefer added nine, and Tasha Larsen five.
SB-L led 39-13 at halftime, and 61-25 after three quarters, with Boekhout going to her bench with about six minutes left in the final frame.
Cherokee sank 14-47 field goals for 30 percent, and meshed just 2-14 free throws, compared to the Warriors' 19-27 free throws. The WHS team netted 6-17 three-pointers.
Shaefer led Cherokee in both assists (six) and steals (five). The home team committed 17 costly turnovers in the face of the stout SB-L defense.
"They shot the ball well and we put them on the line too much," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg of the sizable free throw differential. "We started well and then they went on that 22-5 run and that took the air out of our sails.
"They are a good, quality team and kept getting out of our defensive traps and converting easy buckets. We'll keep working and improving."
The Cherokee teams travel to Spencer Friday night and host Ridge View in Cherokee Saturday night.