A 30-Point Turnaround

I’m not busy… a woman with three children under the age of 10 wouldn’t think my schedule looked so busy. ~ Garrison Keillor

The Cardinals boys basketball team ended the regular season with a 49 – 37 home victory over the Rocori Spartans last night. On January 20, the Spartans whipped the Cards 56 – 38 at their place. Is there something in the water here lately?

[These Little Peanuts sang the National Anthem – they were terrific!]

But the Cards were coming in on a 3-game winning streak. Apparently, the fans were expecting a closer game than the first time – this reporter had to park on the street, finding all the lots full upon arrival. Rocori came in with a 17 – 8 record v. the Cards at 12 – 11. The task looked daunting. Early in the game, the teams seemed well-matched – of similar size and athletic ability. Neither team could throw the ball in the ocean, however. There was lots of leaping and running but little scoring. Both teams displayed defensive prowess that discouraged the easy bucket – and the first half ended with the Cards holding a 19 – 10 lead. Yup, Rocori, a 17-win team, was held to 10 points.

[Dylan at the line; Eric (No. 1) and Dan (No. 41) on the lane.]

The 2nd half started, and the Cards started making some baskets. But so did the Spartans – to the extent that they pulled within 3 points at, as I recall, 28 – 25. But here the Cards showed their mettle (which is legal if you’re over 18) – back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guards Parker Giroux and Dan Gorghuber (I think they were our first of the game) opened the lead back up to 9 again. And that’s where it remained for pretty much the rest of the game.

The Cards did a great job of doing the things necessary to win ballgames. Although our fast-paced approach to offense, i.e., get the ball and run, can lead to sloppiness at times, we really took care of the ball last night. I believe we only had three turnovers in the second half. And the noticeable advantage we did have on the Spartans was getting up and down the floor – we must have had a considerable advantage in fastbreak points. We rebounded well and played great defense. And at the end of the game, we made our free throws – an area where we sometimes have difficulty – Parker and Dan finished off the game by making 9 out of 10.

[Parker finishing off the game.]

A shout out here to Gorghuber and Eric Carlsen, a 6’ 2” senior guard, for their defense. Dan, at 6’3”, was matched against the Spartans 6’5” center who was physical and a scorer, while Eric was matched against the Spartans very athletic 6’ 2” point guard. It was fun to watch Eric play classic ‘D’ – I don’t recall him leaving his feet once on pump fakes. Dan was named player of the game for his defense on the big guy while throwing in 10 points himself.

On offense, Parker is like watching a waterbug out there. He finishes break-outs and can drive through an entire team for lay-ups. He uses his speed and quickness to pretty much go wherever he wants to go. He led the Cards with 20 points. And 6’4” center Dylan Galligan is the team’s Sam Trumm equivalent – I can think of no finer praise. He is quick and he can run. If we get the ball to him in the post, he can drive by his defender a’ la Sam; and I’m always amazed that when we have a breakout, he is always right there for any put backs. He gets fouled a lot, and had trouble from the line in the first half – but he was solid from the line in the 2nd and finished with 15 points.

[We bid adieu to the Jefferson High School gym for another season.]

So, now we begin tournament play as the section’s 5th-seed at 4th-seeded Maple Grove on Tuesday. Maple Grove? When did they get in our section? The entire bracket is yet to be published as far as I can tell – we’ll “publish” it, and the boys hockey state tournament bracket (expected today), as soon as they come out.

The supervisor and I are off to St. Cloud (again?) this afternoon for the girls basketball section semi-finals.  Don’t these kids realize gas is now over $3.50 a gallon?  We finish with some recent Echo photos:

[Sam]

[Lauren]

[Cara and Alli]

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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