Comets? Blume gets first win at Cardinal

Someone once said, ?Without pain, there can be no joy.?

This could be said about the Cardinal girls? basketball team?s 85-3 loss to Central Lee Friday night, followed by the Comets 48-47 last-second home victory, Saturday night versus Moravia.

The painful, yet necessary, setup to this story is the zero-field goals made, just three-free throws scored, 82-point Southeastern Iowa Super Conference road loss that occurred Friday night in Donnelson that left first-year Head Coach Jacob Blume without comment. After the game Saturday, Coach Blume explained what happened following Friday?s loss.

?We had a rough night on Friday, so we had a good walk through, and voiced some opinions that helped us become closer as a team.?

Coach Blume continued by pointing out some contributions that stuck out to him.

?Alondra Herrera and Rachel Lewman played unbelievably well. The stats may not show it, but they set the tone for our defense. We started the game with pressure on the point guard, and those two kept it on the entire game. Maddie Cloke and Alexia McClure were aggressive, getting them in foul trouble early, allowing us to build a decent lead which was enough for us to hold on down the stretch.?

The victory was clinched when the freshman McClure hit a free throw with .3 seconds left, giving Cardinal their first win in five tries this season.

Alexia had 20 points total, three boards and three steals for the Comets. Cloke chipped in nine points, grabbed five boards and made four steals. Jamie White added seven points and three rebounds, and Shaelyn Rupe tallied both four points and rebounds.

Next up for Coach Blume and his troupe is a home matchup versus SEISC foe, Danville, Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m. as the lead game of a boys?/girls? doubleheader.