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February 4, 2013

AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL: Mustangs prevail past Comets with physical play

BLOOMFIELD — Records were broken and milestones were reached Monday night as the Davis County girls basketball team hosted Cardinal in non-conference action at Bloomfield – the final regular season contest for both teams.

While Cardinal’s Lindsay Moore broke her own single-season scoring record in the contest, Davis County's Shelby Graves also set a record, as she dished 11 assists – a Mustang single-game record – to set the pace for the 65-39 Davis County win.

Moore was awarded the game ball after the contest, as her game-high 19 points puts her at 370 on the season – four points better than the Comet-record 366 the senior scored last season.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Moore, who added that she would have rather had it happen a game the Comets had won. “I would have liked if we would have gotten the ‘W,’ but it’s still an awesome feeling.”

Moore got her points against the Mustangs, but Davis County utilized its inside game and more physical style of play to its advantage on Monday. Graves worked the ball inside to her teammates in the post, and the smaller Comets had no answer in the early-going.

“We are just not that used to playing teams that are as physical as Davis County,” said Cardinal coach Aaron Dose. “They went after us inside right from the beginning.”

“We wanted to start strong,” added Davis County coach Dave Mason. “We wanted to establish the inside game and then we have to get out and run and push the ball.”

Graves, a junior, had eight of her assists in the first half, as Davis County built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and coasted to the victory. Junior Rylee Eakins scored 12 of her team-high 17 points in the first half, while Kate Birchmier hit a pair of buckets early and finished with 12 points. Ally McClure gave the Mustangs a big boost in the first quarter with eight points – most of those on hard-nosed drives to the basket. McClure finished with 10 points in the contest.

Rebounding was a big factor in the first half. The taller and more aggressive Mustangs out-boarded the Comets 20-9 on the glass, leading to several second-chance scoring opportunities.

Eakins finished with 12 boards while Birchmier and Graves each hauled in seven. Davis County finished with 40 rebounds to Cardinal’s 19.

“We’ve been working and working on getting better at our rebounding,” said Dose. “It’s just something we have to do.”

Moore hit a pair of 3-pointers for Cardinal, as did teammate Danae Moses, to keep the Comets within striking distance. The Mustangs led 37-18 at the half, though Cardinal played the inside game much better after the break. Delaney Ridgeway play a solid floor game for the Comets, finishing with seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.

“We had a lot more success once we were able to front their post players,” said Dose. “We were more aggressive, too.”

The Comets were not able to bring the game back into single digits, however. Slowing down the Mustang inside game also opened up Davis County’s outside game. Graves hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 12 points in the contest, while Cami Guiter came off the bench to drill a pair of 3-pointers for the Mustangs.

Postseason regional play opens for both teams on Saturday, as the Comets (8-13) will travel to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

“I'm telling the kids that it's now a one-week season,” said Dose. “I’m asking them to give 100 percent.”

“If we play hard, I think we can stick with them,” added Moore. “Anything can happen.”

The Mustangs (11-10) meanwhile, will host Albia in regional play Saturday.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” said Mason. “We’ve got some momentum heading into the postseason.”

Davis County 65, Cardinal 39

CARD       9   9  12   9   –  39

D.C.       20 17  13  15   –  65

Cardinal (39) – Lindsay Moore 19, Danae Moses 6, Jessie McElderry 5, Delaney Ridgeway 4, Lexi Fullencamp 2, Morgan Honomichl 2, Schylar Conger 1. Totals 14 FG 7-13 39.

3-point goals – 4 (Moore 2, Moses 2). Fouled out – Moore. Rebounds – 19 (Ridgeway 7). Assists – 3 (Ridgeway 2). Steals – 10 (Ridgeway 3). Total fouls – 13.

Davis County (65) – Rylee Eakins 17, Kate Birchmier 12, Shelby Graves 12, Ally McClure 10, Cami Guiter 6, Brittany Bremer 3, Maggie Hougland 2, Audra Kincart 2, Abi Heckethorn 1. Totals 29 FG 3-6 65.

3-point goals – 4 (Graves 2, Guiter 2). Fouled out – None. Rebounds – 40 (Eakins 12, Birchmier 7, Graves 7). Assists – 18 (Graves 11). Steals – 9 (Graves 3). Total fouls – 14.

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