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Cherokee girls tumble at #2 E-LC

Monday, December 19, 2011

Megan Carlson of Cherokee eyes the basket before shooting a successful three-point shot as the official watches where her feet are positioned in recent basketball action here. Photo by Paul Struck
ESTHERVILLE - Trailing 21-5 after the first quarter against a towering defensive juggernaut that has rolled over 10 straight opponents, the Cherokee Washington High girls could have cashed in their chips and headed out the door here Friday night, but they regrouped and played the #2 Estherville-LC Midgets even the rest of the way to fall 64-44 in Lakes Conference basketball action.

The WHS club was still firing down the stretch in the final quarter, outscoring E-LC 18-12, after falliung back at halftime by a 35-15 margin, and trailing 52-26 heading into the fourth frame.

Shanon Shaefer led Cherokee scoring with 10 points, followed by Megan Hummel nine, Megan Carlson seven, and Jackie Wilson and Taylor Woods six apiece.

Cherokee's Tasha Larsen protects the ball while she ponders a shot against stiff, double-team defense during recent Lakes Conference basketball action against Hull Western Christian in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Emily Kirchner and 6-0 Allie Sievert paced the undefeated Midgets with 14 points each, and 6-1 Alyssa Johnson added 12.

Cherokee sank 15-43 field goals for 35 percent, including 5-19 three-balls, and a 9-14 effort from the foul line. E-LC was 11-16 from the free throw line.

Shaefer led Cherokee in assists with four, Wilson tallied three blocked shots, and Carlson, Shaefer and Hummel had three steals apiece.

"We laid an egg in the first quarter," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "We were a little bit in awe of their reputation of holding Spencer to just 10 points and Storm Lake to five, But our girls figured it out and played hard the rest of the way and we played them even. We settled down and played consistent basketball and we played hard as they always do."

Hagberg creditied Woods with a solid second half, saying she is getting her confidence back after battling health issues and is returning to form.

"Shanon took the ball to the basket and megan carlson and Megan Hummel settled down and produced after that early deficit. It was just too big of a hole against such a quality team.

The 1-6 Cherokee girls now enter the holiday break after playing five ranked teams in their first seven games.

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