SPIRIT LAKE - Trailing 21-6 after the first quarter, the Cherokee Braves proved no match for the talented Spirit Lake boys here Tuesday night, falling hard 75-38 in Lakes Conference basketball action.
Cherokee sank 12-39 field goals for a chilly 31 percent shooting effort, including 4-11 three-pointers. The Braves notched 10-13 free throws.
The hot-shooting Indians made a whopping 32-52 shots for a sizzling 62 percent, and knocked down 7-15 three-balls. Spirit Lake meshed 4-7 free throws in the game.
Eric Wilkie paced the Braves with 23 points, and Stetson Dagel chipped in with seven as Cherokee had trouble finding the basket possession after possession.
Alec Henricksen led the winners in scoring with 15 points, followed by Paul Brown with 12.
Spirit Lake ballooned that early 21-6 lead into a 40-18 halftime bulge, and held a 62-30 lead heading into the final eight minutes, which saw some continuous clock due to the 35-point mercy rule.
"Spirit Lake was a very efficient team tonight," noted Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "They started the game out shooting well, and were able to keep it up all night.
"Eric Wilkie played a very good offensive game tonight. He shot well from the outside and was very strong taking the ball to the basket."
The 1-15 Braves host Estherville-LC (6-10) in Lakes Conference action tonight.