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Bulldogs eke out victory at Cherokee

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

(Sentinel photo by kent jones) Le Mars senior Brenden Collins elevates for a layup in his team's matchup with Cherokee on Tuesday. The Bulldogs (14-4) won 70-51, thanks to a strong push in the second half.
CHEROKEE -- A dominant second half helped the Bulldogs to their 12th victory of the season, beating Cherokee 70-51 on Tuesday.

Le Mars struggled to settle into the game and was down 20-15 after the first quarter.

The 'Dogs outscored the Braves 21-18 but still found themselves down at halftime, 38-36.

(Photo by Kent Jones) LCS' Jake Irwin swoops up with a layup to score for the 'Dogs. He led his team with 13 points for the night. Four other 'Dogs were also in double figures scoring.
"We were not good in the first half. Once again we didn't come out and play inspired. We didn't execute defensively," LCS coach Dave Irwin said.

Cherokee senior Eric Wilkie scored 23 points of his team's 38 points in the first half.

After the break, Le Mars came out of the locker room with more passion and determination and took charge of the game.

They held the Braves to six points while scoring 15 themselves, taking a 51-44 lead into the final eight minutes.

"Once we got our defense going we were able to get our easy hoops and spread things out a little bit," Irwin said.

The 'Dogs continued to dominate both of ends of the floor in the game's closing stages and outscored their opponent 19-7, resulting in the final score.

"In the second half we came out and played much better, much harder. We played a little more physical," Irwin said. "It was a complete team effort. We did a nice job in a lot of different areas."

One of the key factors in Le Mars' victory was holding Cherokee's Wilkie to just three points after halftime.

"Gabe Rahn did a great job on him in the second half," Irwin said.

Jake Irwin scored a team-high 13 points for the Bulldogs, followed by Kyle Dolph with 11. Tanner Anthony, Parker Rolfes and Tyler Borchers each had ten points. Rolfes had eight assists.

Defensively, Rolfes led his team with eight rebounds and five steals.

"He kept us in the game in the first half," Irwin said about the senior. "He played a nice first half on both ends. He was one of the few that I thought really asserted themselves defensively."

With the win, Le Mars has an overall record of 12-4. They will face Estherville (7-11) in a home game on Friday.

"These are the games that they really look forward to," Irwin said about his team's upcoming opponent. "It's a great opportunity for them to beat one of the better teams in the Lakes Conference. We have got to understand that, come out and play the way we are capable of playing for four quarters."

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Congrats to coach Irwin on his 200th high school varsity win. Denny made mention of this on his radio broadcast. The story headline is a little misleading.

-- Posted by working_class_dog on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 11:29 AM

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