STORM LAKE - Laura Elliott made two frees throws with 37 seconds remaining to give Cherokee a 38-37 win over Storm Lake in a Lakes Conference game on Friday night at Tornado Fieldhouse.
Storm Lake had a last-second shot miss at the buzzer.
Storm Lake held a 9-7 lead after the first quarter, but the Braves grabbed an 18-17 lead at the half. It was a 23-23 game after three periods of play.
Storm Lake made a 3-pointer at the start of the third quarter to take a 26-23 lead, but the Braves scored five straight points to go ahead 28-27.
A pair of free throws by Paige Havens tied the game at 30-30 with less than 4 minutes remaining. A basket by Lindsey Frederiksen tied the game at 32 with 2 1/2 minutes to play.
Jenny Woodford sank a 3-pointer to put the Tornadoes in front 35-32 a few seconds later. Moments later, Havens hit a basket to push the lead to 37-34 with less than 2 minutes to go.
Cherokee scored to cut it to 37-36 with 1:10 remaining. A blocked shot gave the Braves possession again with 49 seconds left.
Havens led Storm Lake with 10 points.
"We've got a lot of things to work on," Storm Lake coach Stacey VanDerSloot said. "We're not shooting the ball well or passing the ball well."
Storm Lake is now 1-1 in the league and 1-1 overall. The Tornadoes take on Fort Dodge St. Edmond today at Tornado Fieldhouse. The junior varsity game begins at 3 p.m. and varsity to follow.