STORM LAJKE - The Cherokee Washington High girls put their thumb on the winless Storm Lake team in the early going here Friday night and maintained the pressure to rout the Tornadoes 62-21 in Lakes Conference basketball action.
Nyakem Lieth led Storm Lake with seven points, Brenna Richter added six, and Nya Ngut had five.
Cherokee stormed to a 23-2 lead in the first quarter and then pulled off the full-court defensive pressure that was immobilizing the young Tornadoes, and led 38-7 at halftime. The WHS lasses took a 53-14 lead into the final frame.
Cherokee sank 25-67 field goals for 37 percent, including 10-26 three-pointers. The winners made just 3-14 free throws, while the Tornadoes managed 6-11.
"We had stretches where we played pretty well and got after it defensively," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "We have been working on being more aggressive and I think that showed tonight.
"We've focused on playing our game at our pace because Storm Lake likes to slow it down. Our trap and press worked well until we got the big lead and took it off. Then, that slowed us down on offense."
The Cherokee girls play at Emmetsburg Tuesday, at Alta-Aurelia in Alta Thursday, and host Spencer here Friday.