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Cherokee girls gash Storm Lake

Monday, January 7, 2013

Carlson's 24 points lead 64-26 rout

STORM LAKE - Senior guard Megan Carlson, seeing her first action since breaking her ankle in early volleyball season, returned to Cherokee's basketball team with a vengeance here Friday night, scoring a career-high 24 points to lead Cherokee to a resounding 64-26 victory over winless Storm Lake.

Cherokee's Ariana Smith dives the ball to the basket during recent basketball action in Cherokee. The busy girls play three games this week. Photo by Paul Struck
Scoring 12 points in each half, Carlson paced the Washington High girls throughout as they busted open a tenuous first quarter lead of 13-10 to fire up 29 points in the second frame to take command with a 42-14 halftime bulge.

With a continuous clock speeding up much of the second-half action, the hustling Cherokee girls displayed a solid defense and rebounding effort to hold the 0-10 Tornadoes at bay.

Megan Hummel tallied 10 points for the winners, while Kaely Hummel, battling foul trouble throughout, scored seven points, and Ariana Smith proved a force on the inside with seven points and a team-leading nine rebounds. Kaely Hummel was whistled for three fouls in the first half and picked up her fourth early in the third frame to limit her offensive production.

Kaely Hummel of Cherokee lines up a three-point shot during recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg was quick to praise the return of Carlson, a two-year varsity starter and along with Hummel the lone seniors on the squad.

"She opens up the floor for us with her great shooting and ball handling," said Hagberg. "She makes everyone better around her. Once we all get used to playing together again, we'll keep getting better as the season goes on."

Breanna Richter paced the Storm Lake team with 11 points, the only Tornado to break into double figures.

Cherokee drained 23-62 field goals for 37 percent, including 8-15 three-pointers, and cashed in 8-10 free throws. Storm Lake made 5-14 free throws.

Jasey Stowater and Alexia Gerdes grabbed seven rebounds each to go along with Smith's nine game-high boards. Megan Hummel paced the tough Cherokee defense with eight steals, while Carlson and Kaely Hummel managed five apiece. The Hummel sisters totaled four assists each to lead that category.

"We missed a lot of close-range shots we have to make," explained Hagberg. "Our full-court press created turnovers when we went on that big second-quarter run, but we missed a lot of lay-ups. We frustrated their ball handlers and outscored them 29-4 in the second quarter."

The busy Cherokee team (2-8) plays non-conference games at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn tonight and hosts South O'Brien in Cherokee Tuesday night, and treks to Emmetsburg to renew Lakes Conference action Friday night.

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