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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Article by The Leon Journal-Reporter

Lady Cards on to State!

Will Play Western Christian Monday night, February 29
beginning at 5:00 p.m. at

Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines

The Lady Cardinals have done it again, they have reached the Iowa Girls’ State Basketball Tournament as they defeated Panorama on Monday night at East Union, 63-53. The members of this year’s team are journeying for their first time experience at the State Tournament.

AT A GLANCE: Alli Masters grabbed the first basket with 23 seconds into the game, following a steal on the outside of the Panther’s perimeter. Panthers didn’t grab their first basket until 6:20 then both teams remained scoreless until Jentri Hullinger hit 1 free throw with 3:45 remaining in the first quarter. The remaining 3:26 CD outscored the Panthers, 10-7.

The Panthers took the lead at half, by outscoring the Lady Cards, 17-9. After the Lady Cards returned to the court, they took control outscoring Panorama in the second half, 19-12 and 22-15.

The first half score was 22-26, in favor of the Panthers. In the second half the Lady Cards hit the boards stronger, drawing the fouls and executing the foul shots. Panorama had a difficult time handling the pressure defense of the Cardinals as time and time again turned the ball over. The Lady Cards stole the lead with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter and never lost it.
The Lady Cards hit crucial shots from behind the arc with Raegan Boothe’s buzzer shot in the first, then in a 10 second period, Alli Masters hit one with 4.5 seconds remaining in the third, to be repeated by Boothe’s 5 seconds within the fourth quarter.
Even when the three pointers weren’t falling, the Lady Cards’ offensive rebounds earned them additional opportunities which many times lead to drawing the foul.

The Lady Cards executed their foul shots better the second half, going 5-5 in the third and 11-14 in the fourth. These 14 free throw attempts came in the last 2:42 of the game.

When the going got tough, the Lady Cards buckled down, made some key plays as well as executed at the charity stripe and finished their job.

The Lady Cards are going into the tournament with a 23-1 record and a meeting date of Monday, February 29 at 5:00 p.m. with Western Christian at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.