by Angie Asam-Staff Writer
The Onaway Cardinal girls’ basketball team has worked its way through a tough portion of the schedule as they hosted eighth-ranked Bellaire Tuesday. Onaway kept it close in the first quarter as they trailed 6-0 but in the second quarter Bellaire got some steals and easy layups to take a commanding lead.
“Overall tonight we learned a lot about ourselves; little things that we have to do better as we are closing in on the second half of the season. We are 12 games in and we have accomplished a lot of good things but we learned there is a lot of things that we are still not as good at as we need to be,” said coach Marty Mix.
Onaway got on the board with 4:27 to go in the first half with a 3-pointer by senior Elise Arkwood. With 1:43 left in the half senior Shelby Wolgast made one of two from the free-throw line. The first half ended with Bellaire in front 24-4. At the end of three quarters it was 42-16 and the game ended with a score of 52-27.
“We are going to build off the positives, we held a ranked team to 52 points. The first quarter was beautiful, offensively we did not play like we should have. But we have a lot to build off of, we have a lot to get better at, plain and simple. But chemistry is as high as it has ever been; these girls are still 100 percent in it for each other and working their tail off,” said coach Mix.
Seniors Morganne Badgero and Shyanne Corey led the scoring attack with six points each. Wolgast added five. Arkwood and fellow senior Lexi Szymoniak each had three points. Sophomore Taylor Ehrke added two while freshman Maddie McLean had one.
The Eagles were led by senior point guard Leighten Koepke with 23 points and junior forward Brandy O’Neal with 18.
The Lady Cards travel to Pellston Thursday and host Central Lake Tuesday. “Every time we step on the court we are looking for another win,” said coach Mix.
In the junior varsity contest the Cardinals fell 32-19. Sammy Pasella led the scoring attack with five points while Teagan Corey and Emma Winfield each added four. Carmen Selke, Daria Domke and Lauren Welklin each had two.