Megan Hummel added 19 points, and Megan Carlson 12 as the WHS gals refused to lose this non-conference battle that featured several lead changes throughout.
The teams were tied at 9-9 after one quarter, and Cherokee led 33-31 at halftime, and 49-47 after three frames, before outscoring the Warriors 24-18 in the final eight minutes to chart the win.
Megan Glawe led the Warriors with 20 points, Jordan Henningsen added 19, and Emily Grieme 16. A-A netted 23-70 field goals for 33 percent, and was 21-24 from the foul line.
Cherokee made 25-74 shots for 34 percent, and converted 17-27 free throws, including several timely ones by Jackie Wilson, Katie Sambrano, Shaefer, and Hummel down the stretch.
"We came out and struggled shooting the ball in the first quarter but really tried to push the pace in the second quarter," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "The faster pace allowed us some good scoring opportunities.
"Shanon Shaefer had an amazing second quarter scoring 16 of her 27 points. Shanon played the best game of her career with a double-double. Megan Hummel and Megan Carlson had solid offensive games as well.
"I was really pleased with Megan Carlson's game. In the final few minutes of the game we had her match up with Jordan Henningsen and I thought Megan did a super job making it tough for Jordan to get a quality scoring opportunity. Jackie Wilson did a good job on the boards with six rebounds despite being hampered with foul trouble most of the game."
Grieme paced the warriors on the boards with 14 rebounds for her own double-double. Henningsen grabbed 10, and Glawe eight.
"This was one of our most energized games," noted A-A coach Jeannie Henningsen. "The girls played hard on both ends and they hit some big shots down the stretch and we were a little short."
The A-A teams play at Newell-Fonda Tuesday, and host Manson Sioux Central Thursday. The Cherokee teams return to Lakes Conference action Tuesday and host Hull Western Christian, and host Spirit Lake Friday.