The Midgets nursed a 14-8 lead in the first quarter and then went on an astounding 28-3 scoring spurt in the second quarter to claim a resounding 42-11 halftime lead, before outscoring the WHS gals 27-14 in the second half to chart the win.
Megan Hummel led the meager Cherokee offense with eight points, and Jackie Wilson tallied five. Allie Sivert notched 18 points to pace the Miudgets, including 16 in the first half. Emily Kirchner scored 15, and Sara Heywood 12 for the winners.
Cherokee sank just 9-43 field goals against the stout E-LC pressure for a frigid 21 percent, and meshed 3-6 free throws. The Midgets, State Tournament runners-up in Class 2A last year to Champion Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove, netted 25-60 shots for 42 percent, and canned 13-22 free throws.
The Midgets also dominated the boards at both ends, with Jackie Wilson and Hummel leading the home team in that category with six boards apiece.
"They can play any style, they can run or slow it down, and their defense is the best we've played against all season," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "You get no open looks and just one shot and then they crash the boards with their height.
"And you can't turn them over. They protect the ball so well and their passing is exceptional. They play solid defense on the perimeter and if you get by them, they have all that size inside to defend the basket. They certainly have the players to take care of business."
The 3-14 Cherokee girls play at Le Mars Tuesday and at Storm Lake Friday.