Lady Cards bashed by Augusta, Melrose-Mindoro
by Doug Sands, student writer
The Eleva-Strum girls basketball team faced up to another pair of difficult losses last week, falling to both Augusta and Melrose-Mindoro.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Lady Cards hosted Augusta with hope in their hearts, but the Beavers led with a crushing offensive blow. E-S staggered, and by the end of the first quarter, they were down 11 points. The Beavers drove the knife deeper, and by halftime the Cards trailed by 23 points.
Still, Eleva-Strum didn’t give up that hope. The Lady Cards gained a foothold in the third, keeping a closer pace with their opponents. They gave it their all in the second half, but the Cardinals couldn’t overcome the events of the first as Augusta closed out the game up 60-32.
Alexis McDonald led the scoreboard for the Lady Cards with 10 points followed by Anna Schoen and Josie Olson with five points and Taylor Everson with four.
Three days later, the Cardinals hosted the Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs for a promising Dairyland match-up. Eleva-Strum kept a closer pace with Melrose than with Augusta, though the Mustangs did establish a six-point lead in the first.
The Cardinals’ defense weakened in the second, allowing the Mustangs 21 points in that quarter alone, putting E-S down by 13 points at halftime. The Cardinals slowed Mel-Min’s offense in the third, but it didn’t keep them from building on their lead. By the fourth quarter, E-S finally managed to whittle away at the sizable deficit, but by then it was too late as the Mustangs claimed the victory 57-41.
Leading Eleva-Strum on the scoreboard was McDonald with an impressive 15 points followed by Megan McLean with nine, Olson with five, Deslyn Hart with four and Greta Monson with three.
Through last week’s games the Cardinals were 2-13 overall on the season. The girls faced Arcadia for a non-conference game on Monday, Jan. 26, and will travel to Blair-Taylor on Thursday, Jan. 29.