The loss avenged an early season setback for the E-Hawks, who were spanked 55-34 in Cherokee on Dec. 7.
Emmetsburg was led in scoring by Nicole Leuer's 23 points, and Paige Naig's 12. Leuer scored just two points in the early-season loss at Cherokee.
Katie Sambrano and Megan Hummel led the meager Cherokee scoring with eight points apiece, and Megan Carlson chipped in seven, Jackie Wilson six, and Liz Dawson five.
The E-Hawks jumped to a 15-3 lead as the WHS gals had trouble finding the basket, and led 29-12 at halftime. Cherokee outscored the hosts 27-20 in the fourth quarter but that was too little, too late.
Cherokee was 8-13 from the free throw line, and the E-Hawks were 10-14. The winners dominated the boards with 42, compared to Cherokee's 23.
Hummel paced Cherokee in steals with four, and Sambrano and Shanon Shaefer had three apiece.
"We got off to an extremely slow start and they hit their first few shots and the momentum stayed on their side," noted Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "We made a strong comeback in the fourth quarter to close it to five points with two minutes left but just could not get it done."
The 3-10 Cherokee girls host Spencer in Lakes Conference action tonight, beginning at 6 p.m.