The Cardinal girls basketball team took to the hardwood twice this past week as they traveled to Malvern and hosted the Conquerors from Heritage Christian.
It was a tale of two games as the Cards lost a tough contest to IVC rival Malvern by the final of 41-32 but came alive on Saturday, Dec. 8 and dominated Heritage Christian by the final tally of 71-13, surpassing their win total from a year ago.
In the first game of the week, Mercedes Bowling led the Cardinals with 11 points but the Cardinals came up just short as 28 turnovers doomed the Cards. Malvern took a 23-19 advantage into halftime and kept adding to the lead in the second half out scoring the Cards 12-6 in period three to extend their lead to double digits entering the fourth quarter.
Malvern took the low scoring fourth quarter by the tally of seven to six to end with the final score being 41-32.
Also adding to the scoring for the Cardinals was Kaity Kutcher with two, Chelsea Kotlar with six, Rilee Bowling with two, Cortney Huffman with nine and Becca Dix with two points and nine rebounds.
Huffman also pitched in with 12 rebounds, coming up just one point shy of a double-double.
Sandy Valley shot just 31 percent from the floor making 12 of their 39 shot attempts. The Cardinal defense held Malvern to 24 prcent shooting on 14 of 58. The Hornets held the rebounding advantage as a team by the final of 29-24.
It was a different outcome when Heritage Christian came to Sandy Valley High School as the Cardinals took it to the Conquerors.
Heritage Christian made the first basket of the game to take an early advantage but the Cardinal defense and dominance on the boards took over and completely shut down the Conquerors attack on offense.
Sandy Valley called their first and only time out of the first half with 5:54 left in the first quarter with the score being 8-6 in favor of the Cardinals with two baskets coming from Ali Hysong, a couple free throws from Huffman and a deuce from M. Bowling.
Then the gates broke open.
The Cardinals then entered a scoring run that will not be matched for a long time. The Cards ended the first quarter on a 18-0 run to stretch the lead to 26-6 at the end of quarter one. The girls extended that scoring run to 31-2 through the first half of play as Huffman tallied seven points in the second quarter of play.
The Cardinals were not finished.
Their defense shined in the third quarter as the Cardinals held the Conquerors to no points and ran their run to 53-2 to enter the fourth quarter of play with a 61-8 advantage.
The fourth quarter was much of the same. The Conquerors ended the scoring run at 59-2 with 5:36 left in the contest with a bucket from Logan Webster to make the score 67-10. The Cardinals continued to stretch the lead until the final horn blew as the Cardinals cruised to a 71-13 victory.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was Huffman with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Also filling the stat book was M. Bowling with eight points, Hysong, R. Bowling and Dix with six points, Kotlar with six points and three steals, Victoria Eyster with four points, Alivia Schneider with four points and three assists, Kutcher with four points and seven rebounds, Destinee Hughes with five points and seven rebounds and Avery Petro and Avery VanZant each with two points.
The Cardinals, as a team, shot 46 percent (32-70) from the field and made six of their 11 free throws. They dominated the glass, bringing down 45 rebounds compared to 18 by Heritage Christian. The Cards had just nine turnovers compared to the Conquerors 30.
The Cards (2-3, 1-2) are back in action today (Dec. 13) when they travel to Lake Center Christian High School to take on the Tigers. The girls will also travel to Strasburg on Dec. 15.