The Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team went on a spiffy 22-12 scoring run in the final quarter to defeat the pesky Ridge View club 53-56 in Cherokee Saturday afternoon.
Megan Hummel tallied 19 points to pace the Cherokee offense, including sinking a sizzling 6-8 two-pointers, while Kaely Hummel scored 12, and Alexia Gerdes seven for the winners. Megan Hummel also led WHS on the boards with 12 rebounds for a sweet double-double performance, and Gerdes and Jasey Stowater pocketed seven rebounds apiece. The active point guard Kaely Hummel led her team in steals with seven.
Dana Hustedt led Ridge View scorers with 15 points, followed by Kaitlynn Madsen with 12. Anna Davis led the Raptor rebounding with eight, and Rachel Boyle snagged five. Hustedt and Boyle each snared three steals to lead their team in that category.
"I thought our defensive intensity during the first quarter got us off to a positive start," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "We were able to convert several Ridgeview turnovers into quick scores which allowed us to take a 18-4 lead after one quarter.
"We have a very young group of girls with minimal varsity experience who play with great effort. Megan Hummel had a nice double double game and Kaely Hummel did a good job orchestrating the offense with seven assists. I also thought Alexia Gerdes provided us with some quality minutes with seven points and seven rebounds.
"As with any inexperienced team we go through growing pains during the games but I am confident this group will continue to work hard to improve."
Cherokee hosts #1 defending state champs Hull Western Christian here Friday night. The Ridge View girls play host to Boyer Valley.