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.
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.
"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.