The Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team overcame a steep hole dug early in the game to battle 8-5 Emmetsburg to the wire here Friday night, before succumbing 50-45 in an exciting Lakes Conference contest.
Megan Carlson led Cherokee with 15 points, while Jackie Wilson added eight, and Megan Hummel and Katie Sambrano seven each.
Naig paced the E-Hawks with 17 points, and 5-10 Ashton Connelly added 16, with both players scoring most of their points inside.
Cherokee sank 16-40 field goals for 40 percent, and converted 9-14 free throws. The E-Hawks were 18-37 from the field for a sizzling 49 percent, and meshed 12-29 free throws.
Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg was proud of his team for the way they got after it on defense, forcing steals and turnovers to crawl back into it after that big early deficit.
"We can't ask the girls to play any harder," said Hagberg. "Especially our two guards Megan Carlson and Katie Sambrano. They really got after it on defense. All the girls worked very hard on defense and that kept us in it. We fought hard. Emmetsburg plays good dfense and extended their zone and really covered us and were in our face, but we kept battling."
The 2-9 Cherokee girls play at Spencer Tuesday and host Alta-Aurelia Thursday night.