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.
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.
"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.