Too often on the losing end of games that hang on the last few minutes of action, this time the WHS gals stayed the course, executed, and prevailed, outscoring the home Bulldogs 15-5 in that pivotal fourth frame. le Mars led 14-12 after one quarter, 22-19 mat halftime, and 34-32 heading into the final eight minutes.
Megan Carlson led the winners with 14 points, and Clare Tuttle came off the bench to score eight, including two big three-balls in the fourth quarter to keep her team in the lead. Carlson also scored a big bucket late and sank a couple critical free throws in the closing minutes. Megan Hummel tallied seven points, and Shanon Shaefer and Jackie Wilson six apiece.
Hummel also grabbed 11 crucial defensive rebounds, ,and Wilson pocketed seven boards. Carlson led her team in steals with six, and Hummel registered four. Wilson and Katie Sambrano led in assists with four each.
Cherokee sank 16-43 field goals for 37 percent, and was 6-19 from the three-point line, and 9-13 from the foul line. Le Mars made 17-49 shots for 35 percent, was just 2-15 for three-balls, and netted 3-7 free throws.
"Clare Tuttle had an outstanding game with two three-pointers that came at crucial times," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "She gave us a very nice offensive lift when she came into the game. I thought the girls played hard the entire game and showed some character in the fourth quarter to pull out a good win."
The 4-14 Cherokee team plays at Storm Lake Friday night and at Emmetsburg Tuesday to end regular season play.