Even Rachel Banham Was Only 1 For 17?

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[The only good scoreboard the whole night – the JV game.]

maryengelbreitThe Cardinals had beaten Moorhead the night before, in a game that was a reschedule (you know, that weather thing we’ve had all winter).  Of course, we forgot all about it – but were previously engaged anyway.  The Cards in the Spud game compensated for their worst game of the year when the teams met in the holiday tournament.  Well, this game against Detroit Lakes must have been like the first Moorhead game.  We beat the Lakers in the first game of the year . . . scoring an unbelievable 60 points in the first half alone.  We didn’t make it to 30 the entire game this time?  Tired from going all out against Moorhead the night before?  That’s certainly possible.  Maybe under estimating the Lakers because of our easy win the first time?  Maybe.  We’ve been playing without Amanda Christianson (foot stress fracture), our leading scorer, for a while now and have been inconsistent without her.  In this game, probably more than anything, we missed her 5’10” of altitude.  The Cards started two players 5’5″ and two 5’7″ in this game.  That’s not indicative of any moral shortcomings or anything, but that’s undersized even for a class A school (we’re AAA).  And Detroit Lakes is one of the tallest teams in our section.  On a night when we couldn’t shoot, the height difference was incredibly telling.  This game was played on Tuesday night – the Gopher men’s (twice) and women’s teams played their worst games of the year last week too.  Was there a panic over a potential lefse shortage?

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[Things looked fine during warm-ups.  Karly and Kendall (our Special K’s?) dribble near mid-court checking out the Lakers.]

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[Another foul weather night and an at home boys’ hockey section game had an impact on attendance.]

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[Macy]

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[Amanda G, passing here, does provide size off the bench.]

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[Cheyenne had to spell a foul-plagued Brooke, who as I recall had 29 against Moorhead the previous night.]

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[Emily also provided size off the bench and was effective defensively with her length.]

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[Amanda C, our expensive ball girl.  I believe the hope is that she’ll be able to play by sections in March.]

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[The two Amandas meet.  Amanda G requested, “I’ll take two, please.]

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[Brooke jumps center, a task that usually falls to Amanda C.]

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[Karly shows our defense was still there.]

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[And while our D preventing them from scoring much . . .]

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[We weren’t creating our normal number of turnovers that lead to easy baskets on the offensive end.]

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[Macy brings it up.]

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[Kendall hit a couple of long 3’s during the game, but not much else happened on offense.]

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[They zoned us, so we didn’t get to the free throw line much either.]

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[Macy here.]

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[Nothing to write home about at the half, but we were in the game.  We thought we’d come out in the 2nd half breathing fire . . . but the tank was empty.]

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[Waiting to take the floor for the 2nd half, enjoying the halftime robotics exhibition.]

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[I only took two photos in the 2nd half, Sarah here . . .]

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[And Emily here.  We never got anything rolling?]

We host Fergus tomorrow night.  They’re undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state in class AAA.   They are also way taller than us.  We’d better hope our shooting eyes come back!  The supervisor and I have a previous engagement but hope to at least catch part of the game.

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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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