Girls/Boys Basketballers Sweep Buffalo

February 11

Girls

[These were the final two games of a day long basketball extravaganza at AAHS – the Card girls and boys hosting the Buffalo Bison.  The Bison girls had played here during our holiday tournament, like our Cards losing to Watertown-Mayer in a competitive game. The Bison are a class AAAA team with a good record, so they figured to give our Cards a tussle. It was in the Watertown-Mayer game our Cards discovered the offensive capabilities of our wing players, Kiyana Miller and Kelby Olson-Rodel, numbers 21 and 15, respectively, in the warm-up photos below.]

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[Our leading scorer Macy Hatlestad, right foreground, has missed several games with a knee.  She was back on the court, wearing a brace, but didn’t play in this game.  I believe the hope is she’ll be ready to play by tournament time.  There are four regular season games remaining.]

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[Emma Schmidt (25) second from the right, with Emma Ziegler (1) on the far right.  I do not believe there is a team codicil requiring the Emmas to shoot together.]

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[And on the far left is Kara Thomson (23), the team’s designated 3-point shooter.  Her first two such attempts in the coming game were nothing but net.]

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[Lauren Stockmoe (33) puts a hand in Kiyana’s face, McKenzie Duwenhoegger (35) is on Kiyana’s right.]

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[And introducing the Cardinals . . . ]

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[Coach K]

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[And the Cardinals introducing themselves to each other.]

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[Kayla Feldhake (43) is all concentration prior to the center jump.]

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[And we’re off and running . . . ]

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[And running the Cardinals is Kendall Kohler (3).]

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[Kayla led the Cards on a fast start.  I believe she scored the first 5 points in the game.]

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[The Cards were in full smother defensive mode in the first half.  The Bison never had a chance.]

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[Schmidty provides long and athletic depth.]

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[In addition to her usual stout defense, Kiyana has become a double digit scorer often in the new year.]

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[And Kendall was lighting up 3’s and assorted other offensive maneuvers enroute to a game high 22-point performance.]

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[Maggie Slagle (15) has earned more PT lately.]

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[Free throws from Kiyana . . . ]

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[McKenzie . . . ]

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[And Kelby.]

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[Good, or not?]

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[Kelby executes a full speed U turn . . .]

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[And hies back into the action.]

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[Then tangles with a bigger Bison on defense.]

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[Kendall finishes a drive.]

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[Schmidty on the line.  Everybody was contributing.]

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[Kiyana will catch her.]

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[Kendall also on a U turn.  My kneecaps hurt just looking at this.]

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[Kiyana on a drive . . . ]

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[When she is isolated on the wing, she can usually blow by her defender.]

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[About as good a half as we can play.  Buffalo is a pretty good team but they were overwhelmed on this night.]

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[Emma Z initiates the offense.]

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[Kiyana and Kendall on a 2-on-1 break.  These are almost always initiated off defensive steals.]

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[Kendall on the free throw – wastes no time, makes both.]

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[Nice power move in the paint by Kayla.]

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[The defense hustles back – all whippets here.]

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[Kaye Paschke (45) contributes at the end.]

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[If Macy is ready, we’re ready for tournament time.]

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Boys

[The boys game got off to a similar start as the girls.  With good defensive pressure, making it hard for the Bison to score.  Here Jaran Roste (31) completes a 3-point play, getting the Cards off to a quick start.]

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[In fact, it was all Jaran in the early going . . . ]

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[At one point he was leading the Bison all by himself.]

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[Spencer Hockert (15) is the team’s leading scorer but on this night that mantle fell on Jaran.]

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[Jake Drew (33) made life miserable for the Bison at the top of the press.]

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[Here he has help from Robert Anderson (3) sneaking in on the lower right.  We’ve been waiting for Robert, 6’1″, to get a breakaway dunk – he got a two-handed stuff in this game that brought the house down.]

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[Jake works his way to the foul line.]

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[Jaran hit a fall away ‘3’ at the buzzer to complete an 18-point half.  The defense was obviously terrific holding the Bison to 14.]

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[In the second half, Justin Balcome (43) goes in for a lay-up.  This was my only photo of the 2nd half as both I, and the team, seemed to lose interest in what turned into a rather sloppy half with the game outcome never in doubt . . . ]

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[Still, any win is a good win.]

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[And the Alexandria Aces performed at halftime of the boys’ game.]

The NBA is like a small sorority. We’re like brothers.  ~  Rashad Lewis

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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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