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Monday, January 16, 2012

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.

Cherokee's Katie Sambrano drives the ball past Emmetsburg defenders Ashton Connelly (13) and Maura Soukop during basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Riding the scoring of 6-1 post Paige Naig, the visiting E-Hawks jumped to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter before the gritty Cherokee girls chipped away to forge a 28-23 halftime deficit.

Cherokee's Megan Hummel drives the baseline as Emmetsburg defender Ashton Connelly gives chase during Lakes Conference basketball action in Cherokee Friday. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee outscored the E-Hawks 12-4 in the third frame to take a 35-34 lead heading onto the final eight minutes. However, Emmetsburg then outscored the hosts 16-10 down the stretch to claim the hard-fought win.

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.

Shanon Shaefer of Cherokee pulls up for a lay-up during basketball action in Cherokee Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Hummel and Carlson grabbed four steals apiece, while Shanon Shaefer and Sambrano dished off four assists each. Hummel led Cherokee on the boards with seven, and Wilson bagged five.

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.

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