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Rated Le Mars blows by Braves

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cherokee's Eric Wilkie grabs the loose ball as Estherville-LC defenders and teammate Zac Smith, left, watch the basketball action recently in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
LE MARS - The potent 10th ranked Le Mars Bulldogs (17-2) went on a 21-7 scoring run in the second quarter to forge a 41-20 halftime lead over the Cherokee Braves and break open the Lakes Conference game by mid-point on the way to a resounding 78-48 victory.

Eric Wilkie led the Braves with 19 points, while Jake Spindler tallied 17, and Zac Smith six. The Bulldogs' 6-7 All-Stater Austin Homan paced the winners with 34 points, and Jordan Eisma added 14. Smith led Cherokee on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Cherokee was victimized by icy shooting, canning just 13-49 field goals for a frigid 27 percent, including 4-18 three-balls. The Braves converted 18-27 free throws.

Le Mars sank35-60 shots for a torrid 58 percent, and was 7-13 from the foul line. Homan was largely responsible for the Bulldogs' high shooting percentage, with Cherokee having no one of that size inside to keep him from making several close-in baskets.

"We got off to a good start tonight, and were hanging with them through the first quarter," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "We missed some open looks in the second quarter and Le Mars was able to pull away and establish a good lead.

"We were real proud of the guys' efforts. We constantly work hard and tonight was no exception. We are making improvements each night out and we are aiming at playing our best basketball come district tournamkent time in a couple weeks."

The 3-14 Braves play at Storm Lake Friday, and at Emmetsburg Tuesday.

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