Hoops roundup: Cardinals keep rolling along
Elizabeth has certainly got the year off to a good start as the boys have rolled to a 3-0 Colorado Seven League start. In the meantime, the Cardinals have improved their season record under coach Mike Boss to 7-6, winning their last two games on the road.
Elizabeth defeated Weld Central, 60-46, last Friday and followed Saturday with an 81-56 victory against Fort Morgan.
In both games Cody Steinke had standout nights. He scored 17 points against Weld Central and tallied 20 against Fort Morgan. But the two nights were also decent for Jake Gavitt as he tallied 13 and 12 points respectively against the Rebels and Mustangs.
Elizabeth was able to fashion a splendid quarter against Fort Morgan as the Cardinals scored 35 points in the third against Fort Morgan while holding the Mustangs to seven. A 21 point, fourth quarter, against Weld Central helped the Cardinals salt their win against the Rebels.
The girls were also victorious against Fort Morgan and Weld Central. The Jamie Schmalz coached Cardinals defeated Weld Central 52-37 on Friday the cruised to a 62-17 win against Fort Morgan on Saturday.
Defense proved to be overwhelming against Fort Morgan as the Cardinals held the Mustangs scoreless in the third quarter and to only four points in each of the first and fourth quarters.
It wasn’t all that bad against the Rebels for that matter, either. The key to the win here was outscoring the Rebels 20-6 in the third quarter. On the night, Tatum Neubert led the way with 15 points. She was the only player to score in double-figures for the Cardinals, but had ample help from Saba Ross, eight points, and six each from Cheyenne Wendler, Ashley Stone and Sara Ernst.
The Simla boys, coached by David Guy, improved to 2-0 in the Black Forest League and 7-2 overall with a 58-31 victory against Miami-Yoder on Friday and a harder-fought 64-56 win against Calhan on Saturday.
Cody Norris had the best night for the Cubs scoring 20 points against Calhan. That right there made up for his eight point night against Miami-Yoder.
Simla got off to a quick start against Miami-Yoder on their way to a 28-9 halftime lead. Kyle Hamacher also played a key role scoring a game high 14 points while Jason George added 10.
Simla trailed Calhan, 16-14 after the first period of play, but the Cubs rebounded in the second, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-9. Hamacher and Matt Thieman each scored 13 points against Calhan to help in the victorious effort.
The Simla girls continued on their unbeaten path as the Cubs beat Miami-Yoder 63-24 on Friday the downed Calhan, 61-19, on Saturday. The Cubs of coach Al Snyder stand at 9-0 heading into this weeks competition.
Simla held Calhan to only two points in each of the first two quarters and four in the third. And, it was much the same story against Miami-Yoder as they held the Buffalos to five points in each of the first and second quarters.
The boys, coached by Mac McGuire, came through with a couple of wins this past week. They had little trouble against outmanned Hanover beating the Hornets 70-13 on January 19 after defeating Jim Elliott, 49-32 the night before.
Every player on the varsity had at least two points against Hanover. Leading the way was Adam Avertt and Bret Meredith, each of whom scored 14 points.
And, it was a better night for Avertt, who only had two points the night before against Jim Elliott. Chance Hendrix and Roger Carlson were the leaders against Jim Elliott as they scored 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Justin Hood and Blake Nicholas each added nine points for the Bulldogs.
The Elbert girls, coached by Rebecca Tomlin, split their weekend against Jim Elliott and Hanover. They lost to Jim Elliott on Friday, 45-42, but bounced back Saturday to beat Hanover, 53-45.
The Kiowa boys, under coach Walt Sutton, couldn’t hold on against Calhan last Friday as the Indians were beaten by the Bulldogs, 60-45. In the process they dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Jordan Gabehart led Kiowa with 13 points against Calhan and was the only player to reach double-figures. Steven Mizak came through with 8 points while Drew Pruitt added seven and Connor Pierson, six.
The Kiowa girls, coached by Mark Clemmons, dropped to 2-5 with last Friday’s 46-29 loss to Calhan.