Girls Basketball Gets First Loss of the Season

The Alma Lady Cardinals started their season at home Thursday night against the Bertrand Vikings. Unfortunately, the Cardinals couldn’t get the win losing a close fought battle 43-37 to the Vikings of Bertrand High School.

Grace Schwartz started the game driving to the basket to get the Vikings an early two-point lead. Dakota Hughes responded with an unguarded wing shot to tie the game 2-2. The Cardinals took that momentum going on a 4-0 run forcing a Viking timeout after two minutes of play. Lindsey Schutz scored a two-point basket for the Vikings following the timeout to cut the Cardinals 4-0 run. The Cardinals went on to outscore the Vikings 14-11 in the first quarter. Alma Scored eight of their 14 first-quarter points off Bertrand turnovers.

Bertrand picked up their game in the second quarter never allowing the Cardinals to get the lead back. The Vikings went on a 5-0 run to start the second quarter before Maddie Cervera drove to the basket to get the Cardinals back on the board. Cervera was fouled on the play and clinched the free throw making the game 19-17 in the Vikings favor. That would be the closest the score would get as Bertrand’s shots started to fall late in the quarter allowing the Vikings the edge to head into the locker room ahead 28-22.

Halle Dahlgren started the scoring for the third quarter with a deep three from the right side of the court to increase the score to 31-22. Tiffany Wells started off the scoring for the Cardinals off a offensive rebound scoring two points for the Lady Cardinals. With 4:58 left in the third quarter Bertrand score da two-point basket to close the scoring in the third quarter 35-26 in the Vikings favor.

The Cardinals came out ready to play the fourth quarter outscoring the Vikings 11-8. Alma was able to hold Bertrand scoreless the last 4:30 of the game. Alma went on a 9-0 run but fell short of the victory losing the game 43-37.

Maddie Cervera led all scorers with 12 points followed by Maddie Brugh with 9, Dakota Hughes with 8, and Tiffany Wells with 4. Emma Smolik and Abby Cervera also chipped in 2 points apiece in the loss. Maddie Brugh pulled down 9 boards, along with 3 steals, 3 deflections, 1 block and 2 assists.

Article by Maloree Graf

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