HULL - Undefeated #1 Hull Western Christian outscored Cherokee Washington High 43-9 in the second and third quarters to roll to a convincing 75-36 Lakes Conference girls basketball win here Friday night.
Four Wolfpack players cracked double figure scoring for the defending Class 2A State Champions, who returned all five starters from last year's undefeated champs. Brooke Wolterstorf led the winners with 14 points, followed by Erika Douma 12, and Jamie Gesink and Kim Kroeze 10 apiece.
Freshman Kaely Hummel led Cherokee with 15 points, while Megan Hummel added eight, Megan Carlson seven, and Brookelyn Hoeppner six to account for all of Cherokee's points in the shellacking.
The WHS gals started out even keel with a solid first quarter, finding HWC leading 18-14 after the first quarter. Then, the Wolfpack put the clamps on, Cherokee's shooting went ice cold, and the explosive Wolfpack raced away with a resounding 61-23 bulge heading into the final eight minutes under a continuous clock.
Hoeppner and Megan Hummel paced Cherokee rebounders with five each, and Ariana Smith grabbed four. Kaely Hummel led Cherokee in assists with four and Carlson and Megan Hummel led in steals with four each.
Cherokee sank 12-41 field goals for jut 29 percent, including 5-15 three-pointers, and cashed in 7-10 free throws. HWC hit 24-58 shots for 41 percent, including 9-29 three-balls, and netting 19-27 free throws.
"We started the game very well but did not adjust well to the defensive adjustments they made in the second/third quarters," explained Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg.
"The girls played very hard the entire game. This group never gives you anything but their very best effort. Hull Western is the best team we have played all year. They are very efficient in every phase of the game. They will do very well come tournament time."
The 5-12 Cherokee girls host rated Estherville-LC (15-2) in Lakes Conference action Friday night.