Cardinal girls struggle

Posted 1/20/09

Special to the News On Jan. 9, the Elizabeth girls basketball team was on the road again, this time against the D'Evelyn Jaguars. Elizabeth showed …

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Cardinal girls struggle


Special to the News

On Jan. 9, the Elizabeth girls basketball team was on the road again, this time against the D'Evelyn Jaguars.

Elizabeth showed moments of excellence, but overall its numerous turnovers combined with hot three-point shooting opponent proved to be too much to handle. In the end D'Evelyn prevailed by a score of 91-50.

After a slow start, getting down 9-0, the Cards went on their own 10-point run to take their only lead of the game 10-9. By the end of the first quarter D'Evelyn was up 22-12. After another slow start in the second quarter Elizabeth found themselves down 28-14. Coach Eric Hawkins called a timeout and the Cards had another one of their moments going on a 7-0 run to close the gap to 28-21. This would be the closest they would get the rest of the game. By halftime the Jags were up 38-25. At halftime, Hawkins was unable to come up with a way to reduce the turnovers and the Cards found themselves down 65-38 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

With three minutes left in the game D'Evelyn had extended its lead to 80-48. Hawkins saw the writing on the wall at this point and opted to get some of the other players on the bench some game time.

Freshman Morgan Nelson lead all scorers with 17. Seniors Kelli Christiansen and Hillary Hawkins contributed 13 and 11 respectively. Both had great stats from the free throw line. Kelli was five for six and Hillary was three for three.

On Jan. 16, the Cardinals visited the Arvada Bulldogs to continue their Jeffco 4A conference play. Getting off to a good start has been a problem for many of the games this year, but Elizabeth jumped out to a 5-0 lead to begin the game. They held that five-point lead for the first quarter. The second quarter was back and forth with Elizabeth up 26-19 at half time. The Cards came out strong again at the start of the third and had expanded their lead to nine points half way through the third at 38-29.

Senior Hillary Hawkins picked up her fourth foul and had to come out.

Arvada took advantage of this and closed the gap to three points by the end of the third quarter for a score of 40-37. The fourth quarter turned out to be a nail-biting back and forth battle with Elizabeth holding on to their three-point edge all the way up to the 38 second mark. With the score 50-47 and Elizabeth inbounding the ball, the Cards were able to get the ball to their clutch free throw shooter. Hillary Hawkins nailed both free throws with 10 seconds left on the clock to give Elizabeth a much-needed 53-47 conference victory. There were three Cards in double figures. Senior Hillary Hawkins led all with 17 points, Senior Kelli Christiansen added 12 and Freshman Morgan Nelson came up with 10 points. Sophomore Kelsi Chuven used some good ball handling skills to penetrate Arvada's defense and added 8 points.

On Jan. 17 Elizabeth hosted a non-conference game against the Strasburg Indians. It was a defensive battle for the first four minutes of the game with only 2 points being scored by Strasburg and none by Elizabeth. The next four minutes weren't much better for the Cards as they could only manage five points for the entire quarter. Good defense held Strasburg to 12 points. The second quarter was much of the same offensively for Elizabeth as they could only manage four more points.

Strasburg remained consistent with their scoring and added 13 points to make it 9-25 at half time. The girls came out strong the first four minutes of the third quarter to cut the lead to 19-28. The rest of the third quarter was a different story as they did not score any more and Strasburg built its lead back up to 35-19. The beginning of the fourth quarter, Elizabeth came roaring back again to cut the lead to 33-40. With 6:30 remaining, the Cards lost their center Morgan Nelson to fouls.

Strasburg took advantage of the smaller line up and jumped back ahead by 15 points. Elizabeth closed the gap at the end to make it a final score of 48-58. The telling stat for this game was Elizabeth's poor shooting percentage. They were 12 for 46, 26 percent for two-point attempts and three for 13, 23 percent, from three-point range. Senior Kelli Christiansen lead the scoring with 18 points. The only other Cardinal in double figures was Hillary Hawkins, who added 13 points. Sophomore Savanah Hutchins saw some playing time at the end and managed to sink one of those three three-point goals.

Cardinal results:

January 16, 2009

Elizabeth 11 15 14 13 – 53

Arvada 6 13 18 10 – 47

E – Nelson 5 0-0 10, Morgan 1 0-1 2, J Poole 1 0-0 2, Christiansen 5 2-3 12, Chuven 4 0-0 8, Mason 1 0-0 2, L Poole 0 0-2 0, Hawkins 5 6-9 17, Totals 22 8-15 53.

Three-point goals –E, Hawkins. Rebounds – E, Hawkins 13, Nelson 10. Assists – E, Hawkins 5, Nelson 2, Chuven 2, Mason 2. Steals – E, Hawkins 6, Nelson 3, Mason 3. Blocks – E, Nelson 5.

January 17, 2009

Elizabeth 5 4 10 29 – 48

Strasburg 12 13 10 23 – 58

E – Nelson 1 0-2 2, Morgan 1 0-0 2, Christiansen 5 8-9 18, Mason 1 2-2 4, Hutchins 1 0-0 3, Poole L 3 0-1 6, Hawkins 3 5-8 13, Totals 15 15-22 48.

Three-point goals –E, Hutchins, Hawkins 2. Fouled out – Nelson, L Poole. Rebounds – E, Nelson 13, Hawkins 10. Assists – E, Hawkins 6, Nelson 3. Steals – E, Mason 2, Hawkins 2. Blocks – E, Hawkins 2, Nelson.


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