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.

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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