Alexandria – 64, Sauk Rapids/Rice – 29

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[After a one-day delay to recover from our third measurable snowfall of the season, our Cardinals  opened the section 8AAA  girls’ basketball tournament with an expected easy win over the Sauk Rapids/Rice Storm . . .]

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[The brackets followed form.  The four remaining teams – a’ la the boys’ hockey section – can be tossed in a hat and whoever has the hot night will win.  I should note that the Storm did win 9 games this year, are very young, and appear to be a program heading in the right direction.]

A video of the first several minutes, the Cards appeared determined to end any mysteries early:

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[Macy, Kayla, and Kendall form a defensive wall making front court penetration difficult for the Storm.]

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[Macy had her usual all-around good game . . . a little concerned she’s been getting into foul trouble lately.]

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[Good shot of the ref’s back, Obert, while Kiyana and Emma play defense in the background.]

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[Emma made both – she would have been challenged to do that earlier in the year.]

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[Cheyenne cuts to the hole . . . ]

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[Kendall dribbles around the defense . . . ]

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[Likely fed Brooke, who played playmaker in this game.]

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[We kept feeding Cheyenne in the low post, and she obliged with a terrific game.]

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[Will it drop?]

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[Cheyenne’s smiling . . . must have hit another lay-up.]

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[Kohler’s keeping a close eye on things . . . ]

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[While just behind her, Kiyana is reporting a Kim Kardashian sighting.]

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[Macy here – the team was 16 – 21 from the line in the game.  That will win a lot of games.]

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[Brooke’s shot is captured by the Echo Press.]

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[The ref signals a 3 (or giving the ‘OK’ sign?), while Cheyenne tries to track down the elusive ball.]

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[Carly looks for a cutter.]

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[Get it, get it!!]

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[Cheyenne makes a freebie.]

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[The 2nd half went to running time early and our JV team basically finished off the last half that half.]

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[I marvel at The Competition.  He got all the way down to floor, and then all the way back up again.]

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[Arrghhh, more competition!  The Echo Press.]

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[No. 1 for the Storm is only an 8th-grader . . .]

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[But then No. 1 for us, Emma, is only a sophomore.  The pass in to begin the 2nd half.]

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[Kayla is part of the regular rotation.  From game-to-game, it’s hard to tell what that rotation may be.  Sometimes 7 or 8, but can go to 10.]

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[Kelby is a defensive stopper and brings high energy offense.]

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[Gimme that ball!]

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[Noted music fan in the audience.]

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[Kiyana brings an athletic defensive presence.]

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[Game over.  Would the last person to leave the building please turn out the lights!]

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.  ~  Maryon Pearson

Up next:  I honestly don’t know.

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