SIOUX CENTER - The Sioux Center Warriors shot a sizzling 65 percent from the field and outscored Cherokee 35-15 in the third quarter to demolish the Braves 96-61 in first-round Class 2A District boys basketball action here Monday night.
The winners (14-8) were led in scoring by Chris Borchers with 22 points, and Steven Kragt 21 points and scored from all over the court with relative ease throughout, including sinking 13-15 shots in that pivotal third period.
The Braves made 20-55 field goals for a manageable 45 percent effort that was no match whatsoever for the host Warriors, who cashed in 39-60 shots, including a whopping 10-15 three-pointers. Cherokee netted 8-14 three-balls, with Wilkie firing in five of those.
From the free throw line, the Braves meshed 13-21, while Sioux Center drained 8-16.
Marc Husman led Cherokee's rebounding effort with seven, and Nathaniel Morgan grabbed four, as the Warriors dominated the boards 31-18. Wilkie had five assists to lead the Braves in that department.
"Sioux Center shot the ball very well tonight and really stretched our defense out," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee. "I thought we made some nice adjustments to stay close to them through the second quarter. But, they started the 3rd quarter by making 13 out of their first 15 shots, and we were unable to keep pace with them.
"I can't express how proud I am of our guys this season. They continually displayed a work ethic and determination that was second to none. The ball didn't always bounce in our favor, but they refused to let any setback make them give up, or stop working. Qualities like that make a coach very proud!
The Braves end their season with a 1-21 record while competing in the rugged Lakes Conference, at one time featuring five teams in the 2A or 3A state rankings.