The second-rated Class 2A Hull Western Christian boys stormed from a 27-20 halftime lead with a 20-7 scoring tear in the third quarter to subdue the hustling Cherokee Braves in a decisive 73-31 Lakes Conference rout here Friday night.
Eric Wilkie paced Cherokee's meager scoring effort with eight points, while Stetson Dagel added six, and Marc Husman and Zac Smith five apiece.
Mike DenHerder, a 6-4 forward, and Brady Bootsma, a 6-6 forward, led the quick-striking Wolfpack with 17 points each, as HWC coach Jim Eekhoff as usual substituted three-man units frequently throughout for the deep Wolfpack squad.
HWC made 26-65 field goals for 40 percent, including 8-15 three=balls. The Wolfpack converted 13-22 free throws.
Jake Spindler led Cherokee rebounders with six, and Eric Wilkie grabbed five. Adam Pitts had three steals for the Braves.
"We played with them in the first half and then that big third quarter got us," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We can play with them, although tonight's score doesn't show that. Our turnovers really caight up with us in the second half and they capitalized on them and blew it out.
The 1-3 Braves play at Spirit Lake Tuesday, and at Estherville-LC Friday before the holiday break.