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Spirit Lake girls take out Cherokee

Monday, January 31, 2011

Spirit Lake sharpshooter KJ Veldman, a sophomore guard who can bring it, peppered the battling Cherokee Washington High girls with 28 points, including six three-balls to lead the Indians to a 61-48 Lakes Conference basketball victory in Cherokee Friday night.

Cherokee's Tasha Larsen and Megan Hummel (24) sandwich Spirit Lake ball handler KJ Veldman during basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Leah Hilpipre added 15 points for the Spirit Lake cause, as the visitors mounted an 18-10 lead in the first quarter, led 26-21 at halftime, and 43-30 heading into the final eight minutes. Both teams fired in 18 points in the fourth frame to set up the final margin.

Megan Hummel led the Cherokee club with 14 points, followed by Shanon Shaefer 13, and Megan Carlson and Clare Tuttle seven apiece.

Cherokee sank 19-48 shots for 40 percent, and cashed in 4-9 free throws, compared to the Indians 6-8 effort from the foul line.

Cherokee's Jackie Wilson is signaled out of bounds by the official after grabbing a rebound against Spirit Lake's Kendra Stokke during basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Jackie Wilson and Shaefer paced Cherokee in steals with three each, and Shaefer and Katie Sambrano tallied three assists apiece. Hummel led Cherokee's rebounding with nine, and Liz Dawson grabbed five.

"They shot lights out in the second half," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg of the Indians 50-percent shooting from the field. "Veldman is the best player in the Lakes Conference.

"We didn't play fast enough negotiating their press. We're young and learning to compete. We need to get better at going after the loose balls and rebounds."

The Cherokee teams travel to Estherville-LC Tuesday night for more Lakes Conference action.

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