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Cherokee girls beat Emmetsburg

Monday, January 14, 2013

EMMETSBURG - The rolling Cherokee Washington High girls basketball team won their third game in four tries since the holiday break, claiming a 47-40 Lakes Conference win over Emmetsburg here Friday night.

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Cherokee's Kaely Hummel drives past a defender and lays up a basket during recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The WHS lasses busted out to a 19-7 lead in the first quarter and needed every bit of that bulge throughout as they could not cash in on any free throws in the game and finished with an icy 1-15 effort from the line and many of those the front ends of a 1-1 situation.

Kaely Hummel paced the winners' scoring with 16 points, while Megan Hummel added 13, and Megan Carslon nine.

Ashton Connelly led the E-Hawks with 20 points, including a couple big three=pointers down the stretch that kept Emmetsburg in the game.

Megan Hummel also led her team on the boards with eight rebounds, while Kaely Hummel snagged six steals and dished out three assists, as did Carlson and Megan Hummel.

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Cherokee's Megan Carlson braces herself for the landing after being knocked to the floor by South O'Brien's Hanna Schueder during recent basketball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee sank 23-43 field goals, including a solid 6-14 effort for three-balls, to shoot a warm 53 percent to counterbalance the poor free throw shooting. Emmetsburg netted 6-7 free throws in the game.

Cherokee led 19-7 after the first frame, and held a skimpy 22-13 halftime lead after scoring just three points in the entire second quarter.

"We basically maintained after that big first quarter lead," noted Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "I don't know what was going on with our free throw shooting, but it hurt us. And that second quarter was pretty non-eventful for both teams. Still, we're getting there after winning three of four.

The 4-12 Cherokee girls host Spencer Tuesday, play at Alta-Aurelia Thursday, and visit #1 Hull Western Christian Friday.



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