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Tall Tiger team trips WHS girls

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Scoring inside almost at will in the early going, a tall Spencer team ran roughshod over a spunky Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team here Tuesday night, claiming a 54-41 Lakes Conference victory after assuming a 27-15 halftime lead.

Megan Hummel of Cherokee drives the ball to the basket against Spencer's tall Williamson sisters - 6-0 Heather, and 6-1 Ashley, right - during action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Credit must be given to the Cherokee club, though, as they stayed the course and kept battling throughout, closing the gap to five points early in the fourth quarter and outscoring the Tigers 26-25 in the entertaining second half.

Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg never doubts his team's work ethic, and such was the case again here Tuesday as the team just kept fighting Spencer's height, skilled players, and big early lead.

Megan Hummel led the Cherokee girls with 16 points, followed by Shanon Shaefer 11, and Megan Carlson and Jackie Wilson six apiece.

Cherokee's Ariana Smith looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during girls basketball action against Spencer in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Taylor Anderson led Spencer's scoring with 18 points, while Tiffany Martindale added 12, and Ashley Williamsen 11. Williamsen is 6-1, Anderson 6-0, and Martindale 5-10, so the Tiger height presented Cherokee problems throughout at both ends of the court.

Wilson led Cherokee's rebounding effort with six, while Hummel snagged five, and Carlson four. Katie Sambrano paced Cherokee is assists with four, and the hustling Hummel pocketed eight hard-earned steals, and Shaefer gleaned five.

The WHS gals sank 16-38 field goals for 42 percent, but committed 28 turnovers to stifle several ball possessions.

Spencer (2-1) made 22-54 shots for 41 percent and committed 24 turnovers.

Cherokee (0-3) hosts rated Hull Western Christian (3-0) Friday night, and plays Ridge View in Holstein Saturday night.

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