The Cherokee Washington High girls, attacking at both ends of the court, demolished a youthful Alta-Aurelia club 67-32 in non-conference basketball action here Thursday night.
The pace of the game was fast and hectic as both teams pushed the ball on offense and pressured defense full court. That style related to the turnover margins, with the warriors comitting 37, and Cherokee 29.
Cristena Heschke led the A-A gals with 10 points, followed by Gracie Winterhof six, and Tayler Rohwer six. Taler Stanton paced A-A on the boards with 11 rebounds, and Heschke grabbed five.
The Warriors made 13-45 field goals for a frigid 29 percent, nd was 6-11 from the foul line. The WHS gals sank 25-69 shots for 36 percent, including 4-23 three-pointers.
"It was a little rag-tag at times, but we'll take the W," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "The girls played hard all night. They always play hard."
Cherokee jumped out early, leading 29-12 in the first quarter, and 42-19 at halftime. A-A scored the first six points of the third quarter, but Cherokee then put the hammer down with a 22-7 scoring run in the final frame for the win.
"We struggled all night overcoming the ruthless defense of Cherokee and when we did, we were not able to convert on the offensive end," said A-A coach G.G. Harris.
"I was very impressed with Cherokee and how they played for 32 minutes. That was a very good team, where their record does not show how good they are. We as a team need to find more ways to put ourselves in positions to win ball games. We take pride in our defense and Thursday night we took a big hit in that. We have to rebound back and respond with a sense of urgency in the upcoming games."
The 4-10 Cherokee girls host rated Spirit Lake (12-3) Tuesday night. The A-A girls (3-12) travel to ranked Sioux Central.