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#3 E-LC girls throttle Cherokee

Monday, December 17, 2012

ESTHERVILLE - Estherville-LC, the third-rated Class 2A girls basketball team in Iowa boasting a 7-1 record, shut down the Cherokee offense to single digits in each quarter to prevail 61-13 in Lakes Conference action here Friday night.

Emily Haselhoff of Cherokee eyes the basket on a drive during recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The senior-laden Midgettes led 18-5, 41-8, and 57-10 at all the breaks to make short work of the inexperienced Washington High lasses with one senior in action.

All-stater Allie Sievert paced the Midgettes' scoring with 26 points, while Emily Kirchner added 18 for a physical, athletic one-two punch that has served the state tournament qualifying Midgettes well for the past two years.

Jasey Stowater led the meager Cherokee scoring with four points, as the WHS club sank just 4-25 field goals in the game for a scant 16 percent. Cherokee made 6-14 free throws, and the Midgettes meshed 13-24 in the blow-out that saw a continuous clock the entire second half and late in the second quarter.

Cherokee's Megan Hummel, left, battles for ball control with a Spirit Lake defender during girls basketball action in Cherokee last week. Photo by Paul Struck
"We need to learn to get ready to play at the start on the road in the Lakes Conference," said Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "We started slow and they are simply too good to allow that to happen.

"Their man-to-man defense and pressure on the point guard make it tough to get shots off as is evident by the score. They start five seniors and they are really good with two 6-footers and all that experience. We need to be ready to bring it every night."

Hagberg also identified two problem areas for his young squad after totaling up E-LC's number of putbacks and second-chance shots due to their inside domination and positioning on the boards.

The Cherokee girls trek to East Sac County tonight, and then travel to Le Mars Friday night before the holiday break.

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