Cherokee led 14-9 after the first quarter, trailed 29-27 at halftime, and trailed 44-43 after three quarters, before the two teams battled back and forth in the final eight minutes, with the Bulldogs pocketing the Lakes Conference win.
For Cherokee, junior guard Megan Carlson led the way with a career high 18 points, despite being the main focus of the pesky Le Mars defense much of the way. Shanon Shaefer added 10 points for Cherokee, and Jackie Wilson, limited with foul trouble, tallied eight.
Cherokee made 19-59 field goals for a cool 32 percent, including 6-30 from the three-point arc, and cashed in 8-16 free throws. Le Mars was 18-53 from the field for 34 percent, including 4-14 three-balls, and 14-27 free throws.
Wilson led a yeoman effort for Cherokee on the boards, raking down 13 rebounds, while Megan Hummel grabbed 12, Taylor Woods eight, Katie Sambrano five, and Shaefer four. Shaefer, Sambrano, and Hummel each had three assists, and Shaefer, Carlson, and Hummel each had three steals.
Cherokee logged 20 turnovers in the fast-paced game, and Le Mars had 22 miscues.
Cherokee (1-7) hosts winless Storm Lake Friday night in further Lakes Conference action.