Cardinals competitive in tournament
January 22. 2013 4:07PM
The Cardinal girls spent their week vying for a top spot in the Dakota Valley Tournament but found wins hard to come by.
In the first round against Elkotn-Lake Benton in Elkton a sluggish start led to a 55-46 defeat for St. Mary’s.
“We started off very slow, and ended the first quarter trailing 17-2,” said Josh Lebrun, head coach of the Cardinals.
The Cardinals didn’t quit and cut the deficit to seven by halftime, but the Elks were too much to handle in the end.
The key to the game was that we missed a lot of easy shots. Most of our shots were in the lane and we could not convert them into points,” Lebrun said. “We played very inconsistent and did not play with a high level of energy.”
The Elks’ Mindee VanDyke scored 24 points. Kelly Michel scored 19 points for the Cardinals.
On Thursday night Colman-Egan was the Cardinals’ second-round challenger, and this time, St. Mary’s put on an impressive performance with a 51-41 win.
“We played very good defense and created a lot of turnovers,” Lebrun said.
Using a full-court press, the Cardinals opened up a 21-point lead in the third quarter.
Lebrun said his team still has to improve.
“The girls played hard and hustled around, but we just didn't finish the game very well,” he said. “We turned the ball over and didn't box out, which allowed the C-E Hawks to get back into the game.”
Michel led the Cardinals with 12 points.