The Cherokee Washington High girls used the impetus from an early 25-16 lead to hang on for an exciting 64-59 non-conference win over a feisty South O'Brien team in Cherokee Saturday night.
The winning Cherokee club placed four players in double figures, with Katie Sambrano leading the way with 14 points, followed by Megan Hummel 13, Megan Carlson 12, and Shanon Shaefer 12. Jackie Wilson totaled seven points.
Gritty freshman hustler Mikayla Hintz led the Wolverines with 19 points, and junior post Casie Rehder added 13.
Cherokee made 25-73 field goals for 34 percent, and was just 4-32 (13 percent) from the three-point line. The winners netted 10-19 free throws, and SOS was 22-30 from the line.
No other SOS statistics were made available.
Hummel paced Cherokee to a decisive advantage on the boards, grabbing 13 rebounds, followed by Shaefer eight, and Wilson seven. Shaefer also led her team in assists with five, and tallied five steals, along with Sambrano, and Liz Dawson. Carlson had four steals.
"We began the game with good intensity and looked to get our transition game established early," noted Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "I was concerned with our defensive effort and repeatedly putting them on the free throw line, especially in the first half. They were in the bonus in the first quarter and ended up shooting 22/30 from the line for the game.
"We need to perform better defensively and work towards improving our rebounding in order to be succesful in our upcoming games."
The 3-8 Cherokee girls travel to Alta-Aurelia in Alta Thursday night, and hosts Spencer Friday night.