The Chadwick Lady Cardinals easily handled the Verona Lady Wildcats on Friday night, taking home the Class 1, District 4 championship with a convincing 58-24 victory. The young Wildcats managed to stay with the Cardinals for a while, with the score 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw the Cardinals intensify their defense, causing Verona to turn the ball over several times, allowing the Cardinals to take a 25-14 lead.
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The second-half turned sour for the Wildcats as the Cardinals held them to just ten points. Chadwick kept up the defensive pressure and Verona couldn’t get its offense running. Chadwick, who did not shoot well in the first-half, improved in the second.
“I think we played our best the second-half, especially the fourth quarter,” said Chadwick junior Maddie Hursh. “I didn’t think the halftime score showed just how much, well…. let’s just say the second-half we played better as a team.”
Verona head coach Ryan Yates is happy with the direction that his team is heading.
“I thought we fought hard,” said Yates. “We made errors and they capitalized on that. They’re a good team and Coach Meinders has done a good job. We’re a young team, just graduating one senior. I think we’re headed in the right direction.”
Hursh is excited to capture the district title, but is already looking ahead to the next game.
“I’m pretty excited tonight,” said Hursh. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve won our district and I’m just trying to take it all in. I don’t think we played our best tonight, we’ll be ready on Tuesday night.”
“Any time you can advance and move on at this time of year, you’re happy,” said Meinders. “We didn’t play as well as we wanted to, but we won. When you can win games and you’re not playing your best, it gives you a chance to play well the next game.”
Verona 10 4 9 1 -24
Chadwick 14 11 10 23 -58
Verona—Taylor Pinkly-8, Tori Pinkly-8, Leann Heseman-6, Shelby Barsotti-1, Jessica Youngberg-1.
Chadwick—Maddie Hursh-18, Hailey Stevens-17, Kaylee Swindle-11, Kailyn Rozell-10, Zena Hicks-2.