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Cherokee girls blow by Storm Lake

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cherokee's Danielle Hansen (32) and Megan Carlson (24) play tough defense on Storm Lake's Alyssa Solem during Cherokee's decisive Lakes Conference basketball victory in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The battling Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team pumped up the volume in the second quarter with a 19-3 scoring spurt to take the wind out of the Storm Lake Tornadoes and roar away to a convincing 68-27 Lakes Conference victory here Tuesday night.

Megan Hummel scored 18 points, Shanon Shaefer 12, and Megan Carlson nine to pace the Cherokee girls to their second win this season over the young and winless Tornadoes.

Brenna Richter led Storm Lake's scoring with 11 points.

Tasha Larsen of Cherokee fires up a jump shot over Storm Lake defenders in basketball action here Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee took a 35-13 halftime lead thanks to that big second quarter run and steadily pulled away to the end.

Shaefer also led the winners on the boards with nine rebounds, while Hummel pocketed eight, and Tasha Larsen and Liz Dawson five apiece. Katie Sambrano led Cherokee in assists with six, and Carlson registered five. Shaefer and Sambrano tallied five steals apiece and Hummel had four.

Cherokee sank 27-65 field goals for 42 percent, and converted 7-13 free throws, compared to Storm Lake's 1-3.

"Senior Night got off to an enjoyable start with Danielle Hansen scoring the first two points of the game in her final regular season home game," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "Our other senior Liz Dawson had a nice game with six points and five rebounds. Liz and Danielle are wonderful young ladies who come to practice every day with a smile and work hard. They will be missed by coaches and players next year.

"This win was an ejoyable conclusion to the regular season for us."

The 6-13 Cherokee girls play at #1, undefeated Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Saturday night in first-round Class 2A District Tournament action.

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