CARDS – 54, Brainerd – 38

November 27

Alexandria Area High School

We momentarily interrupt Spain for the Cardinal girls’ basketball team’s seasoner opener . . . 

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[I arrived in time for the last few minutes of the JV game.  Always nice to see what’s coming up in the pipeline . . . ]

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[Then the varsity came out for warm-up drills . . . ]

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[OK, who do I remember from last year?]

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[Here’s senior center McKenzie Duwenhoegger – she has signed with the ‘U’ to toss around the discus and to put the shot for the track team . . . ]

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[In mid-photo, junior guard Mia McGrane . . . ]

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[McKenzie “putting” the basketball . . . ]

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[Looks like senior guard Kaye Paschka with the flying hair . . . ]

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[And the shoot around . . . ]

[Richie and Marlene Braun, famed in song and story . . . ]

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[Starter introductions . . . ]

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[Kaye (3) . . . ]

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[Mia (5) . . . ]

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[Ella Grove (11), junior forward . . . ]

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[Emily Jones (55), senior forward . . . ]

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[McKenzie . . . ]

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[Boom Shakalaka (well, you come up with something) . . . ]

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[McKenzie gets the opening tip . . . ]

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[And I just noticed her dad, high school principal Chad, high in the stands in the black long sleeved shirt . . . ]

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[And just below Chad, Dave Harris, the retired Voice of the Cardinals . . . ]

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[McKenzie scored the first 7 points of the game . . . ]

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[I was glad to see Kohler’s assessment of the game was the same as mine.  First game jitters undoubtedly contributed to a rather sloppy game with poor shooting and lots of turnovers . . . ]

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[But those are the kind of games in which the Cards excel.  Except for a few minutes at the start of the second half, their fullcourt, all-the-time pressure defense created havoc.  And havoc leads to easy baskets at the offensive end.  Here’s Ella at the point of the defense with her six footedness . . . ]

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[Sophomore guard Cate Bloom (21) on the ball . . . ]

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[And here’s Kaye, the gnat to beat all gnats.  Her quickness always a thorn in the opponent’s side . . . ]

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[And here likely another steal by her . . . ]

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[Well, our aggressive defense does lead to a lot of fouls . . . ]

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[Here Jonesie chases down a Warrior . . . ]

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[Maybe a good spot for a little live game action . . . ]

[Here’s Mia on a breakaway . . . ]

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[She was fouled . . . ]

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[A shoots a freebie accordingly . . . ]

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[Kaye: Oh, yeah . . . ]

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[Kaye and Cate as backcourters.  Because of the pace of play, the Cards play a lot of players – coming in in groups of 3, 4, 5 . . . ]

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[I believe this is junior center Larissa Lamb . . . ]

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[At the half – the Cards spurted to the end . . . ]

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[THREE!!]

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[Cards inbound under their basket . . . ]

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[Mia inbounds; Ella again gets caught in the camera’s wrong focus point . . . ]

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[Kaye and Ella bring it up . . . ]

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[The energizer . . . ]

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[And shooting a freebie . . . ]

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[Then Jonesie . . . ]

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[We played to our strengths, three 6-footers on the front line rebounded well, and the whippet guards create turnovers.  As I recall, McKenzie had 19 points with good inside position, Kaye and Mia had 12 and 11, respectively.  We’ll be a tough out this year.]

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[p.s.  Did we ever tell you about Thanksgiving dinner in a champagne flute at the winery?]

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Upon hearing this is Kohler’s 33rd year at the helm of the Cardinals, several subpoenaed her Kenyan birth certificate for verification . . .

Up Next:  Back to Spain . . .

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