HWC girls too much for WHS

Monday, February 13, 2017
Cherokee’s Lindsay Williams awaits a pass from a teammate during basketball action at Hull Western Christian last week.
Photo by Denny Holton

HULL - The Cherokee Washington High girls traveled north to take on ranked Lakes Conference rival, Hull Western Christian last week and the team needed a victory to be involved in a three-way tie for the Lakes Conference championship with HWC and Le Mars.

But once again, the size and athleticism of the Wolfpack proved to be too much as the potent home team charged by Cherokee, 90-81.

The Braves came ready to play, coming into the game with a high energy, and able to take an early lead in the first quarter. HWC was able to regain momentum on their home floor and the first quarter ended at a 20-20 tie.

Cherokee’s Kassidy Pingel eyes the basket during basketball action in Hull last week.
Photo by Denny Holton

The Wolfpack carried their momentum into the second quarter and were able to outscore the Braves 22-11, holding a 42-31 lead going into halftime.

railing by 11, the Braves were ready to play starting off the third quarter. Hull Western had built their lead to 15 points midway through the quarter but Cherokee was able to cut that lead to just six with a few minutes to play in the third. HWC was able to ride a shooting streak to end the third quarter with a 62-48 lead.

Cherokee was able to outscore the hosts 23-18 in the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done and Hull Western was able to pick up the victory, tying with LeMars for the Lakes Conference championship.

The Braves were led by Paityn Hagberg, who finished with 21 points., while MaKenna Carver and Payton Slaughter each finished with 14. The hustling Slaughter also contributed eight assists, seven rebounds, and five steals despite playing much of the game with three fouls whistled on her in the first half.

Ashtyn Veerbeek led HWC with 23 points, Erika Feenstra tallied 22, and Olivia Granstra added 12.

Cherokee coach Heath Hagberg was pleased with his team's ablity to fight back from a double digit lead saying, “I thought our kids fought really hard and showed a lot of character down the stretch. Hull Western is a good team. They will have a good chance to win another state championship this year. I thought our kids did a really nice job of battling all night long.”

The Braves end their regular season with a record of 17-3, with two of those losses to HWC, and move into 3A regional tournament play.

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