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HWC girls roll past Cherokee

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cherokee's Clare Tuttle dribbles the ball as a Spencer defender jumps out to guard her during recent Lakes Conference girls basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Visiting Hull Western Christian outscored Cherokee's girls 17-4 in the pivotal third quarter to pocket an easy 68-41 Lakes Conference basketball victory here Tuesday night.

That scoring run, added to the Wolfpack's 40-22 halftime lead, blew the game open and allowed HWC to sweep both league games from Cherokee this season.

Shanon Shaefer led the Cherokee scoring with 15 points, while Megan Carlson tallied nine, and Megan Hummel seven. Katie Gesink paced HWC with 14 points.

The Washington High gals netted just 16-58 shots for a freezing 28 percent, including a 4-17 effort from the three-point line, and cashed in 5-7 free throws. The team was plagued with 26 turnovers against the pesky Wolfpack defense.

Hummel and Jackie Wilson led Cherokee in rebounding with six apiece, followed by Carlson with five, and Liz Dawson three. Shaefer snagged six steals to lead Cherokee in that category, and Katie Sambrano had three.

"We started the evening off strong but could not hold on to the intensity," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "The girls were 5/7 on their free throws for the evening. We need to improve on our defensive rebounding and not allow them to have second chances at getting points."

The Cherokee teams host Spirit Lake tonight in further Lakes Conference action.

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