Cherokee's Megan Hummel (22) drives to the basket for a lay-up against Le Mars last week in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The battling Cherokee Washington High girls never let Le Mars out of their sights, but could not overtake the feisty Bulldogs in a 54-47 loss in Cherokee Thursday night.
Cherokee shot just 12 percent from the three-point line, making 3-26 long-range shots, and netted 17-35 two-point field goals for a 33 percent shooting effort in the game.
Megan Hummel led Cherokee's scoring with 11 points and was the lone Cherokee player to hit double figures. Jackie Wilson scored eight points, Shanon Shaefer seven, and Liz Dawson and Katy Hart six apiece.
Shanon Shaefer of Cherokee drives the ball to the basket against Le Mars defender Jess Arnold during basketball action in Cherokee Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Shaefer also led the WHS club on the boards with six rebounds, followed by Wilson five, and Tasha Larsen four. Shaefer paced Cherokee in assists with five and also led in steals with four for a superb all-around floor game. Megan Carlson and Hummel each registered three steals.
Le Mars was led by former Cherokean Emily Anderson with 16 points, as the Bulldogs led 14-12 after the first quarter, 30-21 at halftime, and 44-33 after three frames.
The Cherokee girls and boys teams play at undefeated #1 (Class 2A) Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove tonight, at Storm Lake Friday, and host South O'Brien in Cherokee Saturday night.
Cherokee's Taylor Woods looks for a teammate to pass to through a bevy of Le Mars defenders after grabbing a rebound under the basket at Thursday's Lakes Conference basketball game in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck