The youthful Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team played talented Sergeant Bluff-Luton close all the way but just couldn't finish the climb, falling 61-49 in Cherokee Tuesday night.
Freshman Kaely Hummel led the young WHS club with 17 points, while her senior sister tallied 12, Alexia Gerdes seven, and Sara Ramirez six.
Ariana Smith and Megan Hummel paced Cherokee on the boards with seven rebounds apiece, followed by Gerdes and Ramirez with six each, and Emuly Haselhoff and kaely Hummel four each. Megan Hummel was tops in steals with seven, and also recorded six assists, while Kaely Hummel registered four assists.
Cherokee meshed 18-64 firld goals for a chilly 28 percent, including just 4-17 three-pointers.
The visiting Warriors were led in scoring by Kelsey Prescott with 19 points, and Amber Schubert 17.
The teams were knotted at 9-9 after the first quarter, and SB-L edged out to an 18-14 halftime lead before outscoring Cherokee 34-26 in the second half to claim the non-conference win.
The 0-2 Cherokee girls host Ridge View in Cherokee at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Cherokee boys versus Ridge View game at 3 p.m.