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South O'Brien girls nick Cherokee

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cherokee's Megan Carlson looks inside to pass against South O'Brien defender Mikayla Hintz during basketball action in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
South O'Brien's Hannah Schueder took the game over in the second half to lead the Wolverines to a 61-56 non-conference win over a tired Cherokee girls team in Cherokee Tuesday night.

Playing their third game in five days, Cherokee ran out of gas in the late third quarter after taking a 28-23 halftime lead. But the proverbial lid was on the bucket in the second half for Cherokee as SOS seized control and the WHS defense was simply unable to cope with Schueder's inside game and frequent trips to the free throw line.

Schueder scored 26 points, with 20 of those coming in the second half, and 13 of those in the fourth quarter. Schueder's teammate Rachel Struve, a 5-11 inside presence for the Wolverines, tallied 19 points, with many of thise coming in the first half.

Megan Hummel led the Cherokee offense with 22 points, followed by Megan Carlson 17, and Kaely Hummel 14. Brookelynn Hoeppner came off the bench to lead Cherokee on the boards with six rebounds, while the Hummel sisters each grabbed five boards. Megan Hummel also snagged nine steals in the game.

Cherokee sank 18-86 field goals for a frigid 21 percent and fired up 26 three-pointers, making seven of those. Cherokee netted 13-19 free throws.

"I was very proud of our girls' effort. We played hard but did not shoot the ball very well from the field and were not able to get to the offenseive rebounds which is key on a difficult shooting night. "We put them on the free throw line way too often, especially in the second half. It is always difficult to play on back to back nights and I think we saw some of the effects in tonight's game."

Cherokee (3-9) plays at Emmetsburg Friday night, while the SOS gals (9-5) travel to West Sioux Hawarden.

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