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Cardinal girls can’t get by Dragons

PARACHUTE – By the way Grand Valley handled De Beque in the first half on Thursday’s nonleague game, it was hard to believe the Dragons are among the best girls baskeball teams in the Class 1A division.

For two quarters, the developing Cardinals fought De Beque to a 29-all tie at intermission and gave its nearby rival a good scare heading into the halftime locker room.

Too bad, for Grand Valley, there was another full half to play as the Dragons’third quarter burst led to a 50-45 victory.



The Cardinals missed their first six shots of the second half, and De Beque took advantage of Grand Valley’s shooting woes by scoring 8 of the third quarter’s opening points to end any upset hopes the Cardinals had envisioned.

Grand Valley scored five points against De Beque’s 17 in the third period, allowing the Dragons to breeze to a 50-45 win, despite scoring only four points in the fourth quarter.



Tysha Bowen and Jessica Radel took turns pumping in easy field goals off those Grand Valley misses in transition fast-breaks to a 10-point lead at the end of the quarter. Bowen scored six of a game-high 17 in the quarter.

Julianne Jones scored four of the Cards’ five points in the third quarter, the first on a put back with 6 minutes, 8 seconds left. The sophomore’s other bucket came late in the period. Jenni Hirneisen scored the remaining point on a free throw after a Dragon personal.

The Cardinals narrowed the margin to 50-45 by outscoring De Beque, 11-4 in the final period.

Jones led the Cardinals with 13 points, Hirneisen had 12 before fouling out in the fourth quarter.


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