CARDS – 72, Bemidji – 52

January 28

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[So, it was cold outside – damn cold!  The school would be shuttered for the next two days as locals try to figure out how to keep the chickadees warm!  But the game was on . . . ]

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[I missed all of the JV game (I guess we won) but arrived in time for the coaching staff warm-ups.  We learned this week that [t]he National High School Athletic Coaches Association has just announced Wendy Kohler as a 2019 National Basketball Coach of the Year Finalist. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored.]

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[And Kaye Paschka (3) was honored as being the first player to fall under the gaze of my camera lens.  The Cards had broken a 3-game shooting slump in the previous game and appeared to be back on the road to recovery . . . ]

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[I couldn’t find the camera’s “on” switch for the opening tip (at my age, it happens), so this was the first game action.  Mia McGrane (5) got us off to a running start, hitting our first 3, and then a couple of free throws . . . ]

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[With friends McKenzie Duwenhoegger (35), Kaye, and Ella Grove (11) . . . ]

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[Congrats from those teammates while the Lumberjacks’ 25 gives her the “eye” . . . ]

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[The ‘Jacks came in with a good record, and we soon discovered they had a lot of players who could shoot . . . ]

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[If that was a pass to an open player in the corner, it likely led to a 3 . . . ]

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[The Cards aggressive defense made it hard for the ‘Jacks to find good shots, but they handled the pressure pretty well . . . ]

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[All 3 of the ‘Jacks in this shot seemed to hit 3’s whenever they were open.  Fortunately, we didn’t let them get open that much . . . ]

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[Ella in a maze of white jerseys . . . ]

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[Mia and Mac calling, “Here I am” . . . ]

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[The Cards are turning back down court like a basket was scored . . . ]

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[Mia applying back court pressure . . . ]

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[Emily Jones (33) in the middle of a 10-player convention under the basket . . . ]

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[And up she goes for a two-handed stuff . . . ]

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[All eyes have it.  I don’t know . . . ]

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[Ella had had a 3-point shooting hot streak; then slumped with all the team . . . ]

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[She appears to have recovered as she was 3-for-3 on 3’s in the 2nd half . . . ]

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[And she’s been a good foul shooter all year . . . ]

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[Alayna Strand (25) provides speed and quickness off the bench – a likely starter next year . . . ]

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[At the half.  It was good.  We were turning the game into a track meet, and it was great to see the team get out and run enmasse.  Our speed was the difference, as it usually is . . . ]

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[Mia on defense . . . ]

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[Then Ella . . . ]

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[Then Alayna lets loose and outlet pass as we head the other way . . . ]

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[And then she shoots some free throws . . . ]

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[Ella from underneath . . . ]

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[Looks good?]

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[I think so . . . ]

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[The Cards got up to about a 30-point lead . . . ]

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[But it closed a bit at the end.  The Cards were back in their pre-slump mode.  The five starters scored 16, 13, 12, 10, and 10.  With that kind of balance we usually win.]

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They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.  ~  Wilt Chamberlain

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