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Lady Cardinals win two of three first games

Gain triumphs over Quakers, Raiders; fall short to Warriors

December 3, 2015
By Nik Zirounis - Town Crier correspondent , The Town Crier

There were a lot of questions when the Canfield High School girls basketball team headed into this season.

The Lady Cardinals lost plenty off of last season's All-American Conference Red Tier championship squad.

With only one returning player who has varsity experience on the roster, a second consecutive Red Tier title seemed unlikely at the season's start.

Following a convincing 52-35 win at Warren G. Harding High School on Nov. 28, the demise of these Cardinal girls may have been greatly exaggerated.

Canfield hammered Harding early in the contest and had a comfortable 13-2 lead after one quarter.

A 12-10 Canfield advantage earned in the second quarter gave the visitors a 13-point halftime lead.

Despite being outscored in the third quarter, the Cardinals were far enough in front by the fourth to take home their first league win of the season.

The one veteran Cardinal, two-time letter winner Ashley Kaleel, hit a pair of huge 3-pointers and finished with a dozen points. Brittany Coonce added 11 points and six rebounds for the Cardinals, and Jill Baker also reached double-digits with 10 points.

The win in Warren came a week after the Cardinals started off the season with a thrilling 69-64 overtime victory Nov. 21 against New Philadelphia High School.

Although the Canfield kids started off fast with a 13-6 lead, the visitors cut the deficit to just two at halftime thanks to a 20-15 second quarter run.

The next two quarters were played evenly until the Cardinals claimed the victory with a 10-5 overtime advantage. Kaleel scored 12 of her game-high 27 points in the third period.

The pair of triumphs over the Lady Quakers and Lady Raiders gave Canfield head coach Matt Reel good vibes as a fat stretch of the schedule approaches.

''We are excited that we were able to get two wins versus New Philly and Warren Harding,'' Ree said. ''Our young team has improved and (is) starting to play together. We were disappointed in our effort against West Branch on Wednesday, though.''

The Lady Cardinals fell to the Warriors, 46-31, the night before Thanksgiving, when the girls were stifled by West Branch's defense.

Canfield could not top double figures in any of the four periods. Freshman Serena Sammarone took home scoring honors for the Cardinals with nine points. Alex Stanic scored seven points while Coonce collected six.

After the game, Reel recognized the two areas that hurt his team and needed to be corrected before the season continued.

''We still need to improve on limiting turnovers and rebounding the basketball,'' the coach said.

Those misgivings must be worked on before a quartet of conference clashes throughout the next couple of weeks.

After a trip to Ashtabula Lakeside on Dec. 2, the Cardinals will come home for matches against Howland and Youngstown East high schools.

On Dec. 16, Canfield will travel to Boardman to play a hot Spartans squad.

 
 

 

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