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WHS girls run away from E-Hawks

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Shanon Shaefer of Cherokee fires a pass inside over an Emmetsburg defender during basketball action here Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee Washington High girls canned four three-pointers in a three-minute span late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to blow open a tight ball game and run away with a resounding 55-34 Lakes Conference victory over Emmetsburg here Tuesday night.

Ironically, those four three-balls were the only ones connecting all night for Cherokee, as the team finished with a 4-13 effort from the three-point line and was 18-43 for field goals for a cool 39 percent total effort. The winners cashed in 7-10 free throws, and the E-Hawks were 8-20 from the line.

Megan Hummel, who drained two of those three-balls, led Cherokee with 21 points, while Shanon Shaefer had 12, Jackie Wilson nine, and Katie Sambrano eight.

Paige Naig, Emmetsburg's active 6-1 post player, led her team with 17 points.

Cherokee's Megan Hummel hesitates on her dribble before planning her next move against an Emmetsburg defender, as her teammate Taylor Woods (52) closes in during girls basketball action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Wilson paced Cherokee on the boards with seven rebounds, and Sambrano recorded seven steals to accompany her impressive eight assists. Hummel tallied five steals and Wilson four.

Cherokee led 16-9 after the first quarter and maintained a 22-15 halftime lead. The winners then forged a 33-25 lead after three frames before busting loose down the stretch by outscoring the E-Hawks 22-9 in the final quarter.

"We sank that flurry of threes late in the third quarter and early in the fourth and that kind of took the wind out of their sails," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "I also think they got tired.

"The key to the game was our defensive pressure that caused a lot of turnovers and allowed us some points in transition. We also attacked their press well. The girls did a good job. We had too many turnovers and we need to tidy that up in the future. We totaled 27 turnovers and 13 of those were for traveling and that's unacceptable."

Cherokee plays at Spencer Friday night and hosts Ridge View in Cherokee on Saturday.

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