The Cardinal girls basketball squad entered the new week on a high after downing IVC rival Malvern at home on Jan. 19.
The high came to an abrupt halt on Monday evening, Jan. 21, when the ladies traveled to Lisbon to take on the Blue Devils.
The Cardinals could not muster a double-digit quarter as Lisbon started fast and blew out the Cardinals by the final score of 55-28 in a non-conference contest.
The Blue Devils (8-9) got off to a fast start and took a quick 15-9 lead at the end of quarter number one. The Cards scored just three points in the second quarter, compared to 18 for Lisbon as the Devils opened up a commanding 33-12 lead after one half.
Lisbon continued to pour it on, outscoring Sandy Valley 22-16 in the second half as SV could only put together single-digit scoring efforts in each quarter (seven in the third and nine in the fourth).
Leading the way for the Cardinals was Cortney Huffman, who poured in a team-high eight points. Also scoring for the Cards were Destinee Hughes with six, Becca Dix with five, Rilee Bowling with three, Alivia Schneider with three and Mercedes Bowling with 2. Avery VanZant added one.
Chelsea Kotlar led Sandy Valley in rebounds with seven, as the Blue Devils out rebounded the Cardinals by the count of 33-32.
The big story of the game was turnovers. Sandy Valley committed 25 turnovers to Lisbon's 10, and Blue Devil Tiff Ketchen had six steals in the game.
The Cardinals shot 9-of-36 from the field for 25 percent, while the Blue Devils were 20-of-57 for a shooting percentage of 35 percent. Sandy Valley made 10 of their 21 free throws while Lisbon sunk 10 of their 11.
The girls looked to turn it around on Thursday evening (Jan. 24) when they hosted Kidron Central Christian in another non-conference contest.
M. Bowling led the Cardinals with 13 points and six boards as Sandy Valley did just that. The Cardinals took a 29-19 advantage into the halftime locker room and cruised to a 47-33 victory of Kidron Central Christian.
In the second half, the Cardinals outscored KCC by the tally of 18-14 to extend their halftime lead.
Huffman tacked on six points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals while R. Bowling also chipped in with six points. Kaity Kutcher also added six points while Hughes and Kotlar chipped in with five and four respectively.
In the team category, the Cardinals were outrebounded by KCC 29-25. Sandy Valley shot 17-of-41 from the field while Kidron Central Christian made 10 of their 39 field goal attempts.
The turnover battle was the difference in the game as the Cardinals had just 11 compared to KCC's 24.
The Cardinals hopped back on the yellow bus on Jan. 26 when they made the trek to Conotton Valley High School to take on the Rockets in another non-conference bout.
Single-digit outputs in quarters one, three and four once again doomed the Cardinals as they dropped the non-conference game to the Rockets by the final score of 44-35.
Sandy Valley raced out to a quick 9-6 lead after the first eight minutes of play and took a 21-19 lead at the break and things were looking well for the Lady Cards.
But, in the game of basketball, there are two halves of play.
The Rockets (11-5, 6-2) outscored the Cardinals 25-14 in the final 16 minutes of play as the Cardinals could only score six points in the third quarter and eight points in the fourth.
M. Bowling led the Cardinals despite the loss with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Huffman scored eight points while Kotlar poured in six.
Kutcher, Ali Hysong, Dix and Hughes each had two points. Kutcher also added seven boards.
SV shot 11-of-45 from the field while the Rockets made 16 of their 48 shot attempts. The Cardinals were hurt by 27 turnovers while the Rockets committed 18. Both teams made 58 percent of their free throw attempts as the Cardinals sunk 13 of their 19 while the Rockets made 11 of their 19.
The Cardinals end the week with an overall record of 7-11 and 4-6 in the InterValley Conference.
The girls were back on the hardwood on Jan. 30 when they welcomed the Strasburg Tigers to Sandy Valley High School for an IVC dual. The Tigers bested the Cards earlier in the season at Strasburg by the count of 57-39.
Sandy Valley will then travel to Garaway High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, to take on the Pirates in another IVC matchup. Once again, the Cards are avenging an earlier season defeat as the Pirates bested the Cards on their home floor on Dec. 19. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.