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Eagles no match for seasoned Cardinals

December 21, 2009
By Nik Zirounis
With a 2-3 record it has been a mediocre start to the 2009-2010 basketball season for the Canfield girls.

This season may have taken a turn for the better on Dec. 16, however, when the Cardinals hammered visiting Hubbard, 63-31.

Canfield head coach Pat Pavlansky preached prior to this season the importance of playing good defense to present his team with easy chances on offense. In that win over the Lady Eagles, Canfield did Pavlansky proud by forcing nearly 30 turnovers.

“We played much better defensively,” Pavlansky commented.

Those mistakes by the Eagles enabled the Cardinals to fly out to a 13-4 lead after one quarter. A 17-13 second quarter in favor of the Cardinals put the home team up by 13 points at halftime. The second half started the same way the second quarter ended with Canfield climbing all over the Eagles. Canfield put up 20 points over that eight minute span to put the game away. Also hindering Hubbard last Wednesday was its inability to put the few balls it didn’t turn over to Canfield into the hoop.

“Hubbard shot 11-35 from the field,” Pavlansky said. “That was also due to our good defense.”

Thanks to the huge margin of victory, it was possible for Pavlansky to play a majority of his roster so the team score sheet was filled with names. Jillian Halfhill and Abby Baker were the only two Cardinals in double-figures with 16 and 11 points respectively. Halfhill also had seven assists. Cally Wollet was next high leading scorer with eight points and three steals. Kendal Malsch scored seven points and had six rebounds. Kaitlin Kaleel and Sabrina Mangapora each poured in six points with Kaitlin capturing five steals and five assists and Sabrina securing five boards. Maggie Bresnahan had a pair of points and rebounds. Allison Pavlansky put in a point and had two rebounds and Brielle Burton brought down two boards.

It will probably be a lot harder for Pavlansky to empty his bench when his squad squares off with Division I power Boardman. Coach Ron Moschella’s kids are riding high after surprising Canton McKinley 54-49 in overtime in Canton Saturday, Dec. 19 to improve to 4-1. The Lady Spartans invade Canfield on Dec. 23. After Christmas, the Cardinals travel to Columbus to play in the Gahanna Tournament. Canfield will get a stern test from Marion Harding in the first round of that tourney on Dec. 29. Once the holidays end, action in the Red Tier begins with a Jan. 2 home date against Beaver Local.

Article Photos

Jillian Halfhill feeds Cally Wollet on the outside for a three pointer as Canfield smokes Hubbard, 63-31.



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