LT HITS 1,000!

[Photo by her proud dad, the staff photographer.]

We interrupt our Alaska cruise (as you may recall, we were about to enter the Big Boat, so we were about a third of the way through our adventure) to bring you Cardinal girls’ basketball.  The ladies have been on an extended four-game road trip – and after last night’s win over Brainerd, go on a six-game road trip!

We had a full contingent of Super Fans – I think everyone was aware that Lauren was approaching 1,000 points in her career.  Everyone, that is, except Lauren.  She needed 3 points coming into the game (all were glad she didn’t get those at Little Falls on Thursday), so I was in a quandary as to how I wanted to cover it.  I usually video the first 5 minutes of the game – if she scored during that time, I would have no still photos.  But first . . .

The team wore warm-up tee shirts in memory of Todd Schroeder, father of team manager, Missy.

[Kalli played her 2nd game without the mask.]

[Cara’s posture raises the anatomical question – why do women place their hands on their hips with thumbs forward?]

[The Little Falls game produced some shooting issues for the team.  So I thought I’d check out player mechanics during warm-ups.  Whitney displays proper follow through in consideration of windage and elevation.]

[Whitney’s fine when she doesn’t rush her shot.  She had time to set up a 3 late in the half and hit nothing but nylon.]

[LT is more of a mid-range shooter.  Her strength is a quick release without being rushed.]

Game opening video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHjqc0q9KM0

[Lauren assumes her game-long position, much to the chagrin of the opposition.]

[Missed it!  And I had the perfect angle.  LT just scored on a left-handed lay-up to bring her career total to 1,001 points.  Fortunately, her dad got it (further down the post).]

[Lauren had no idea what was going on when they stopped the game!]

[Who better than Luella Vendell would know?  Luella has been coming to Cardinal games for 60 years and proudly held up her “1,000” placard!  Oh, and LT’s teammates mobbed her on the floor.]

[The whole crowd knows!]

[As a guard at the back of the 1-3-1, Cara is regularly one of our leading rebounders now.]

[Boom, Dynamite – the supervisor’s favorite cheer! 🙂 ]

[LT played maybe another minute and finished with 28 points – everyone got to play and the starters love it when the young’uns come in and play well.]

[LT’s last stand.]

We have to admit we hoped the game would be decided by the end of the half so we could go see Lisa Lynn as SAWA.  But despite creating 22 turnovers, we were only ahead 25 – 15.  Somehow, they still score this game by the ball completing passage through the basket.  So, we stayed for the 2nd half, and Brainerd scored the first 4 points.  The rest of the game was the Cards, 39-7!  It’s really fun to watch them when we get on a roll like that.  We made it to SAWA in time for Lisa’s last 45 minutes – and then out of a sense of guilt, helped her load her equipment in her van when she was done.  It was snowing again by then.  When I awoke at the designated hour of 3:00 am (or somewhere in that vicinity), I noticed the staff photographer had already posted his photos from the Brainerd game, as well as those from the Little Falls game.  I wonder how late he worked last night?  The rest of the photos in this post are his.

[I have been able to determine the sound that comes out of a happy, smiling face is generally, “Aaaaaaaayyyyy!”]

[LT – “Aaaayyyy!”]

[Whitney – “Aaaayyy!”]

[Amanda C – “Aaaayyy!”]

[Amanda C – dunno, looks like a giggle?]

[Emily]

[Sarah]

[Jess]

[Cara]

[Kendra]

[“Hydrate, ladies!”]

[The job requires three, maybe four, hands.]

[“Coaches, too.  Drink up!”]

[Jack, dumpster diving?]

[As the game is about to begin, we’re moving on to a second posting, i.e., Part II.]

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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