Cherokee led 36-25 at halftime and held off the battling Wolverines with a 32-28 scoring advantage in the second half to claim the hard-fought win.
Megan Hummel added 11 points and 10 rebounds for a sweet double-double for the winners, while Katie Sambrano and Shanon Shaefer tallied nine points each. Jackie Wilson paced the winners in rebounds with nine, and Taylor Woods grabbed seven. Sambrano led in assists with six, and Shaefer had five. Sambrano also had four steals, and Shaefer three.
Casie Rehder led the SOS girls with 18 points, followed by Rachel Struve, Hannah Schueder, and Erin Brasser with eight points apiece.
Cherokee sank 29-63 field goals for a warm 46 percent, including 7-30 three-pointers. The WHS gals were 3-9 from the foul line, and the Wolverines were 14-25.
"Our full-court press was effective, but we had problems with silly reach-in fouls," noted Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "Over all, we played pretty good. We were ready to play at the start. Megan Carlson had a great game.
"The girls made good decisions about getting the right person the ball at the right time. We made the extra pass to get the open shot. The girls played hard, like they always do."
The 3-9 Cherokee girls host Alta-Aurelia Thursday night, and travel to Hull Western Christian Friday night.