ORANGE CITY - The boys District Tournament trail ended abruptly here Monday night as host Orange City Unity Christian outscored the shell-shocked Braves 40-8 in the second half on the way to a resounding 64-30 Class 2A District first-round win.
Zac Smith, Jake Spindler, and Eric Wilkie led the meager Cherokee scoring with eight points apiece. Smith also led in rebounds with 10, and Stetson Dagel snagged seven boards.
Blake Zommermaand paced Unity Christian with 12 points, and Heath Huitnik tallied 10. Trevor Kauk led the Knights in rebounding with a whopping 14.
The Braves sank 11-45 field goals for a frigid 24 percent, and was 2-14 from the three-point line, and 6-14 from the foul line.
Unity Christian made 24-58 shots for 41 percent, including 3-10 for three-balls, and netted 13-21 free throws.
"Our guys executed our game plan very well in the first half," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "Unity Christian made a few adjustments at halftime that we didn't respond to very well and they were able to create some breathing room and advance the lead.
"We are real proud of our guys this season. Night in and night out they gave everything they had. It is real easy when the wins aren't coming your way to let your effort decline, but that never happened with this group. They always worked as hard as possible.
"We are going to miss our four seniors. They have been a big part of this season and are leaving behind big shoes to be filled."
Cherokee graduates seniors Jake Spindler, Adam Pitts, Nate Seliger, and Austin Winchell.