SPENCER - The Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team trailed 25-13 at halftime and despite a 19-14 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter, could not overtake the Tigers, ultimately falling 52-40 in Lakes Conference action here Tuesday night.
Hummel and Sara Ramirez led Cherokee on the boards with six rebounds apiece, followed by Brookelynn Hoeppner with five, and Gerdes four. Kaely Hummel led Cherokee in assists with four and also in steals with six, while Megan Hummel registered three assists.
The Washington High gals sank 12-45 field goals for 27 percent, and meshed just 13-27 free throws for a frigid night at the foul line. Spencer made 19-28 free throws in the foul-plagued game that saw 55 free throws attempted.
"We shot the ball poorly, gave them too many second shots and did not counter their defensive pressure well at all," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg.
"Megan Hummel had a very nice game with 22 points and six rebounds. Alexia Gerdes came off the bench and provided some quality minutes for the second straight game. I can't fault our effort. This group of girls plays extremely hard we just need to execute on offense more efficiently in games like this."
Cherokee (1-3) hosts defending state champs and #1 ranked Hull Western Christian (4-0) here Friday night.