The Ottumwa Courier

January 24, 2014

Cardinal girls fall to New London

By Courier Sports Staff
Ottumwa Courier

---- — ELDON — The Cardinal girls basketball team fell to New London 68-60 despite getting 14 points from Lexi Fullencamp Friday in SEISC South action.

The disparity in free-throw attempts between the two teams spelled doom for the Comets.

"We shot 11 free throws, they shot 44," Cardinal girls coach Aaron Dose said. "It's very difficult when they get 28 points from the line. Credit them for getting to the line, but we need to learn to play defense with our feet and not our hands."

Aside from Fullencamp's athletic exploits, Jessie McElderry bolstered the Comets' offensive firepower with 13 points and Danae Moses tossed in nine — all coming from beyond the arc. Schylar Conger also turned in a solid game, corralling a team-high 10 rebounds, coming up with four steals, and swatting two shots.

Far more important than the outcome of the game, the Comets managed to raise $1,800 to promote Breast Cancer awareness during the game. In addition, Cardinal's 1985 state qualifying girls' basketball team was introduced during halftime of the game.

Not only were the former Comet players in attendance, but the girls who decorated that acclaimed team along with their coach Steve Blair took a special interest in this year's Cardinal girls' basketball team.

"They got to meet them and the 1985 coach gave us a good speech, too," Dose said.

Cardinal (5-8, 5-7) plays at SEISC South opponent Central Lee Monday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

New London 68, Cardinal 60

Lond 13 18 15 18 — 68

Card 11 14 14 21 — 60

Cardinal (60) — Lexi Fullencamp 14, Jessie McElderry 13, Danae Moses 9, Delaney Ridgway 8, Shannon Selk 6, Riley McElderry 2, Schylar Conger 2. Totals 22-72 5-11 60.

3-point goals — 5-16 (Moses 3). Fouled out — Conger, Fullencamp, J. McElderry, Selk. Rebounds — 49 (Conger 10). Assists — 10 (J. McElderry 3). Steals — 16 (Conger 4, Ridgway 4). Blocks —4 (Conger 2). Total fouls — 35. Turnovers —7.

Atwood leads Pekin girls to easy victory

PEKIN — Beth Atwood poured in a game-high 27 points and corralled a team-high 17 rebounds to help Pekin trounce Louisa-Muscatine 70-39 Friday in an SEISC North game.

Samantha Wright scored 11 points for the Panthers, Madelyn Baker added 10 and Sloan Reighard tossed in eight.

McKenna Gambell keyed Pekin's offense with five assists and Gwynne Wright and Atwood catalyzed the Panther defense with three steals each.

Pekin (11-3, 11-3) plays at fourth-ranked (3A) Mediapolis Tuesday in SEISC North action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

PEKIN 70, L-M 39

Pekin (70) — Beth Atwood 27, Samantha Wright 11, Madelyn Baker 10, Sloan Reighard 8, Gwynne Wright 6, McKenna Gambell 4, Jessica Horras 4, Bridget Fritchen 2. Totals 24-50 14-23 70.

3-point goals — 2-7 (S. Wright, Gambell). Fouled out — Gambell. Rebounds — 29 (Atwood 17). Assists — 9 (Gambell 5). Steals — 14 (G. Wright 3, Atwood 3). Blocks — 1 (S. Wright). Total fouls — 18. Turnovers — 16.