Playing some of their best ball this season, the Braves seized a 38-36 halftime lead thanks to the scoring of a red-hot Eric Wilkie, who tallied 23 points by halftime and then was shut down throughout the second half to finish with 25 total points. Jose Freed, in his first varsity start, tallied seven points, as did Nathaniel Morgan for the Braves. Morgan also led his team in rebounds with eight.
Five Bulldogs cracked double figures in the game, led by Jake Irwin's 13 points, Kyle Dolph with 11, Tanner Anthony 10, Tyler Borchers 10, and Parker Rolfes 10.
Cherokee sank 19-51 field goals for 37 percent, made 5-17 three-balls, and converted 8-17 free throw attmpts.
Le Mars made 33-60 shots for a warm 55 percent, was 2-10 from the three-point arc, and meshed 2-5 free throws.
Stetson Dagel, Cherokee's inside presence, along with Morgan, sat out much of the game with early foul trouble that hurt the Braves on both ends of the floor.
"We are real proud of how our guys played in the first half," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "They did a real good job of working together, finding the open man, and playing aggressively. "Unfortunately, we had some turnover problems in the second half, and Le Mars did a nice job of turning those into points. It was nice to see the progress we have made as a team since the last time we played Le Mars. We played neck and neck with a very good team for three quarters, and hopefully we can build on this as we end our season and move towards district play."
The Braves (1-18) host Lakes Conference rival Storm Lake Friday night.