Lady Cards show improvement in 2-1 week

By Ryan smith News Leader Staff Writer Published:

The Sandy Valley Lady Cardinals fell 65-39 in a tough home conference match up with Indian Valley on Thursday.

A total of 25 turnovers led to the loss for Terry Leek's team as a late press by the Braves caused some commotion in the Cardinal offense.

Although Sandy Valley was only trailing 39-33 at the end of the third, the defense of Indian Valley led to offense in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Lady Cards 26-6 in the final stanza.

The Cardinals were led by Courtney Huffman, who had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Mercedes Bowling logged a team-high 13 points.

The Braves had two powerful performances from Emily Baker, who had a game-high 22 points and Paige Saho, who had a double-double of her own with 16 points and 15 boards.

Although Sandy Valley shot an improved 40 percent from the floor, besting Indian Valley's 35 percent, the Cardinals never attempted a three in the game and the Braves knocked down five triples in helping their lead.

Baker hit four of her five treys in the second quarter as Sandy Valley began the period in a 2-3 zone defense, which Baker capitalized on quickly.

The Lady Cardinal coaching staff said, "We played well enough in the first three quarters to stay in the game, but struggled against their press in the fourth and that's where they killed us and we killed ourselves."

The team then traveled to Newcomerstown on Saturday where they pulled out a 57-40 victory against the Trojans.

Huffman had a dominating double-double as she posted 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Cardinals.

The girls played host to Tusky Central Catholic Monday where they had an impressive wire-to-wire 44-25 victory against the Saints.

The Saints only dressed six girls due to injury which caused a lot of fatigue for the team throughout the game, and Sandy Valley took advantage.

Two Sadie Bowling triples in the second stanza helped give the Lady Cardinals an 18-12 halftime lead.

The entire second half was then dominated by Sandy Valley as the young and tired Saints got into foul trouble, thus causing them to play more conservative without the depth of a bench to fall back on.

The girls will host Ridgewood in a tough conference bout on Saturday.

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