Van Buren girls? basketball team traveled to Cardinal Tuesday night for an SEISC matchup, and improved to 7-1 with a 62-18 victory.
The Warriors jumped out to a 17-1 advantage through eight minutes of play, with the Comets failing to convert a field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Cardinal scored eight points to the Warriors 22, but the Comets offense was able to play together better.
Head Coach Jacob Blumer explained, ?When we broke the press, when we passed the ball in half court, we looked pretty good. I?m trying to hang my hat on that, I know the girls are having a tough time seeing that instead of the final score, but there are some good things going on.?
With the scored 39-9 at the break, Van Buren skipper Matt Zietler had seen enough of his first-teamers.
?If I wanted to leave my first five or six players in, we?d have scored 120, but that?s not the case.? Coach Z continued, ?My junior varsity is undefeated. We have five players that just play varsity and there isn?t much let down after that. The freshman, Ella Jirak, got some playing time tonight and who knows when we are going to need her. You can?t get by with two posts, and now we have three in case a kid goes down. You have to be able to play, and this is an opportunity to get them in.?
The Warriors proved their depth, still outscoring the Comets, 12-4 in the third, and 11-5 in the fourth quarters.
Coach Blumer talked about the teams? struggles after the game.
?We?re getting more aggressive, after that, it?s just the little things.? He added, ?It?s tough with a young team, because if they don?t mesh, their youth shows. The good things are the aggression and the increased physicality which is good. There are things to build on for sure.?
Statistically, Lydia Moses had four points and two boards for Cardinal. Rachel Lewman had two points and four rebounds. Alexia McClure had three points and four rebounds, plus a steal and a block. Anna Mullikin had three boards with her two points. Alondra Herrera and Cassandra Sparkman had two points a piece, while Lizzey Lett had three points and a rebound. Maddie Cloke did everything but score, grabbing a rebound, making four steals and dishing out two assists.
Leaders for Zietler?s squad were the sophomore trio of Taryn Scheuermann who led all scorers and rebounders with 26 and 10, Selena Sayre who added nine points quietly, and Madison Bartholomew with her rounded scoreline of six points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Zietler talked about what he took from the win.
?We got to play man most of the game tonight, and reps are reps. We were unselfish offensively, and really passed the ball around. Yeah, Scheuermann had 26, but she had some easy shots and one-on-one opportunities and she isn?t going to get beat one-on-one.
Cardinal can now relax with two weeks to work out the kinks before the travel to Wayland to play WACO Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. in SEISC play. Van Buren has one more horse to wrangle before the fat man arrives Monday. That?s Scotland County, Missouri who travels to Keosauqua tomorrow night for a girls?/boys? doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.