One Down; Two to Go

March 3

The basketball boys opened their section run.  We hope they can follow what the girls have done so far.  This was the last game of the season on Pohlig Court – we’ll be back in the fall when volleyball starts . . . 

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[Senior Carrson Jones (11) . . . ]

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[Senior Ethan Patience (14) . . . ]

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[Sophomore Kristen Hoskins (21) . . . ]

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[Sophomore Eric Hedstrom (22) . . . ]

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[Junior Colton Roderick (35) . . . ]

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[Eric jumps the jump v. the Lakers center . . . ]

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[The Cards jump started everything . . . ]

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[They played a textbook first half, beginning here with Eric hitting what I think was the first shot of the game . . . ]

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[The girls team, who play for their section title on the 5th, were there for support . . . ]

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[It seems they know all the cheers . . . ]

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[And of course stand for the whole game (when they should be resting?) . . . ]

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[I think the kid in the Pelican jersey works at the Y on Saturday mornings . . . ]

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[Meanwhile, back at the game . . . ]

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[The Cards defense generated many turnovers, and they scored on lay ups, short jumpers, and 3’s putting the Lakers in a deep early hole . . . ]

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[A couple minutes into the game it was all over except for the final score . . . ]

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[The coach’s message likely was, “Keep doing what you’re doing.”]

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[A shout out to assistant coach Ty Granning, on the right, who coaches the girl throwers in track and they will tell you he is the reason why they are the best in the state at shot and discuss . . . ]

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[Carrson got off to a quick start in the scoring business . . . ]

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[Half time score – note the Cardinal scoring balance.  Our ability to share the ball, and to make free throws, should make us a tough out . . . ]

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[At the half, the Amazing Mr. Ripley has also discovered the girls basketball team . . . ]

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[This shot features the three seniors:  Ella Grove in the white No. 4 Alex shirt, Summer Gerhardt directly behind her, and Mia McGrane, 2nd to Summer’s right . . . ]

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[And featuring Mr. Ripley . . . ]

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[Ooops, and a final . . . ]

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[Thanks again to the multi-talented Mr. Hinrichs, who puts down the mic at halftime . . ]

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[Mr. Ripley discovered more girl basketball players an aisle over.  I recognize juniors Lilly Horn and Alayna Strand, from l-r  . . . ]

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[Meanwhile back at the game . . . ]

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[Carrson at the line in the 2nd half.  As a team, the Cards made 14 of 15 free throws in the 1st half . . . ]

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[The ball, upper right.  The 2nd half was just playing out the game . . . ]

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[Kristen’s been hitting 3’s lately because the defense has to back off so far to prevent him from driving . . . ]

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[At 6’5″, Colton also drives to the lane for lay ups or teardrops . . . ]

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[In fact, all three guards prefer to score from in the lane . . . ]

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[Colton here, also similarly done by Kristen or Carrson . . . ]

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[And . . . it drops . . . ]

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[And here Carrson looks for a driving lane . . . ]

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[A solid win.  Next up we go to Bemidji to play the Lumberjacks in the semi-finals  on the 6th . . . ]

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We have a bunch of great outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.  ~  Weldon Drew (New Mexico State coach)

Up Next:  A state tournament would be nice?

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