Cherokee girls smack Spencer

Friday, February 2, 2018
Cherokee cager Kassidy Pingel prepares to launch a pass as teammates JeMae Nichols (24) and Brianna Sleezer (22) bust loose for a fast break. Cherokee hit the century mark with a decisive win over Spencer Tuesday.
Photo by Denny Holton

SPENCER - The 4th ranked (3A) Cherokee girls traveled to Spencer on Tuesday and picked up their 17th win of the season while passing the century mark with a 101-68 victory.

Spencer was ready for the match-up to start the game and came out of the gate with a 7-1 scoring run, but JeMae Nichols provided a scoring spark off the bench with 11 points in the first quarter, and the Braves used that spark to take a 24-16 lead by the end of the first.

The Braves were able to boost their lead to 11 as they outscored the Tigers 26-23 in a fast- paced second quarter, and Cherokee led 50-39 at halftime.

In quarter number three, the Braves put up another 27 points, with Lindsay Williams scoring nine of those to increase the lead to 77-55 after the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Braves continued their hot shooting, including Grace Anderson, who scored eight points in the last three minutes of the ballgame. It was Grace's older sister, Lilly Anderson, who hit a contested layup late in the game to put the Braves over the century mark.

The Braves once again turned in a balanced offensive performance, with four players scoring in double digits. JeMae Nichols led all scorers with 23 and Lindsay Williams added 20 points.

When asked about the performance by JeMae and Lindsay, Cherokee Coach Heath Hagberg said, “Lindsay did a really good job of breaking down Spencer's defense and she shot a high percentage while finishing around the basket. JeMae did a really good job in the open floor game - she did a great job in the press and made good decisions and finished at the basket as well.”

Nichols had a impressive game line with 23 points, nine rebounds, nine steals, and six assists; Lindsay Williams poured in 20 while grabbing five rebounds; Kassidy Pingel scored 13 points while hauling in eight rebounds; and senior point guard Paityn Hagberg added 11 points while pulling in six rebounds. Teagan Slaughter also added nine points off the bench.

The Braves are 17-1 overall and remain unbeaten in the Lakes Conference. The team is averaging 82.6 points per game.

Cherokee willl look forward to a packed house tonight as they host Lakes rival Hull Western Christian. Coach Hagberg expects a good game, saying, “We will have to try and slow down Ashtyn Veerbeek as she is possibly the best player in the state. We will try and force our pace and keep the game moving, and if we can do that we will be in good shape.”

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