A stifling half-court trapping defense defused the Cherokee Braves offensive game plan here Tuesday night and the result was a convincing 57-28 Lakes Conference win for the visiting Spirit Lake boys.
The Braves sank just 10-51 field goals in the game for a paltry 20 percent, and cashed in 7-13 free throws. The Braves were 1-13 from the three-point arc.
Spirit Lake potted 23-57 shots for 40 percent, and made 4-8 free throws, and 7-14 three-balls.
Payl Brown paced the Indian scoring with 18 points, and Tyler ALger tallied 13.
"We really struggled shooting the ball tonight, especially in the first half," said Cherokee coach bob Lee. 'We had some real good looks early on that just didn't drop, and I think that shock our confidence a little.
"Spirit Lake is a talented and well-coached team that did a real nice job of challenging our shooters. We were proud to see our guys come out in the second half with a little more life, and start putting some points up on the board. Unfortunately for us tonight, it wasn't enough to close the gap."
The winless Braves travel to Estherville-LC tonight for a Lakes Conference tussle, and then trek to East Sac County Monday night for a non-conference game.