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#1 Falcons romp past WHS girls

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jackie Wilson (44) of Cherokee takes ball possession as teammate Liz Dawson also battles two players on the loose ball play in recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
IDA GROVE - The 21-0, #1 rated Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove girls showed no mercy to the Cherokee Washington High girls in first-round Class 2A Regional basketball action here Saturday night, storming to a 106-41 victory.

The Falcons jumped out 21-10 in the first quarter and expanded that lead to 49-20 at halftime, before a 33-point third quarter ballooned the margin to 82-28 heading into the final eight minutes.

OA-BCIG landed all five starters in double figures, with Jessie Pauley leading the way with 31 points, followed by Morgan Vandersloot 25, Ashley Zobel 18, and Katie Kallin and Lexi Olerich 10 apiece. Pauley also registered 10 rebounds and a dozen steals for a rare triple-double performance.

Megan Hummel led Cherokee with 13 points, while Megan carlson tallied nine, and Liz Dawson eight.

Hummel also pocketed 13 rebounds for a double-double night, followed by Carlson nine, Dawson eight, and Clare Tuttle seven. Hummel also led her team in steals with four, and Shanon Shaefer and Katie Sambrano had three assists each to lead that category.

Cherokee's Shanon Schaefer drives to the basket in recent action. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee sank 16-53 field goals for a cold 30 percent in the face of the Falcons' full-court pressure, and meshed 5-12 free throws. The WHS gals made 4-14 three-pointers. OA-BCIG made 39-80 shots for a hot 49 percent, including 12-27 three-balls, and was 16-18 from the foul line.

"I was proud of the girls' effort. We played hard all game long," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "OA-BCIG's pressure defense was the difference in the game. Their intense pressure caused us to lose our composure and forced us to make many poor decisions with the basketball. They are a great team and very well balanced. I would not be surprised if they end up as the state champions.

"Liz Dawson played well for us with eight points and six rebounds in her final game. I would like to thank her and Danielle Hansen for their dedication to the program in the last four years. Their presence will be missed in the future.

Cherokee's Megan Hummel grabs the ball as teammate Jackie Wilson hustles in to assist during recent basketball action in Cherokee. Cherokee ended its season in a tournament loss to #1 Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove in Ida Grove Saturday night. Photo by Paul Struck
"I thought we made progress as a team this year. We have a good nucleus of players returning next year and with hard work in the off season we have the potential to enjoy much success."

Cherokee ends the season with an 8-13 record.

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