The battling Cherokee Washington High girls suffered through a 14-4 scoring run in the third quarter by visiting Spencer here Tuesday night and the result was a game-breaking spurt that led to a Tiger 49-41 Lakes Conference basketball victory.
Kirstin Martindale led Spencer's scoring with 16 points, and Taylor Anderson addd eight to the cause.
Cherokee managed to make 15-49 field goals for a chilly 31 percent, including a 2-12 effort from the three-point line. The WHS lasses cashed in 9-12 free throws, while the Tigers sank 12-27.
Cherokee led 15-14 after one frame, and 24-23 at halftime before the Tigers made defensive adjustments and seized of Cherokee's cold shooting to outscore the hosts 14-4 and post a 37-28 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
"We had 23 turnovers and that's two games worth for us," noted Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg. "Turnovers and poor shooting really cost us tonight. They were the difference in the game.
"I thought Ariana played a great game at both ends. She scored early inside for us and played solid defense the whole game."
Cherokee plays at Alta-Aurelia tonight and treks to #1 Hull Western Christian Friday night.