Lady Cards open with rout of Shoals

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Bloomfield's Alicia Hasler (left) tries to dribble past Shoals' Jaylynn Hilderbrand during a high school girls basketball game at Glover Gymnasium Thursday night. The Lady Cardinals opened the 2012-13 season with a 49-27 victory. (By Rick Curl/Greene County Daily World).

BLOOMFIELD -- The Bloomfield Lady Cardinals opened their fourth season under the tutelage of Chris Hitchcock with a 49-27 drubbing of the visiting Shoals Lady Jug Rox Thursday night at Glover Gym.

"Not knowing what to expect with a young group and some seasoned veterans with not as much playing time it really came down to preparation," Hitchcock said. "These kids worked as hard as any that I've had since I've been here."

Their hard work paid major dividends in just about all facets of the game. They limited the Lady Jug Rox to 10 of 25 shooting from the field, dominated the boards at both ends of the court outrebounding Shoals 27-19. They also forced 28 turnovers and left little doubt about the final outcome when they sprinted to a 16-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Rox did little to better themselves for the second half as the Lady Cards continued to press and dominate in the second quarter on the way to a 26-6 halftime lead.

During the course of the opening two frames BHS allowed Shoals to connect on just 2 of 13 attempts from the field while draining 11 of 23 of their own tries.

"I thought the first half was just a dominating performance for a home opener," Hitchcock said. "We've got to get better. We've won just one game and there's 19 more before sectionals, we need to take steps get better, better and better. But it was a great start."

Leading the charge was junior point guard Alicia Hasler.

The 5-4 playmaker drilled 6 of 12 from the field, went 2 for 2 from the charity stripe and picked the Shoals offense for seven steals.

Her 15 points were a game-high tally.

"She has really improved, we saw it coming on at the end of last year," Hitchcock said. "We knew over the summer what she was capable of and we certainly saw that tonight."

Hasler directed an offense that saw nine different players put points on the board and limited itself to 18 turnovers.

The Lady Cards got eight from Emily Bucher, seven from Elena Weddle, five from Kristin Hall, four from Kari Schulte (who finished the night with a game-high 10 rebounds), four from Meaghan Bond and two each from Shelby Patton, Marissa McIntosh and Cheyenne Wikle.

"When we have a ballhandler that can outrun and control the tempo that makes everybody else better," Hitchcock said. "If we can continue down that path, things are going to go well."

While he's very happy to notch a successful opening night, Hitchcock admits there's still plenty to work on as the season progresses.

"We've got a long way to go," he said. "But we're very pleased with tonight's performance."

The junior varsity posted a win also in dominating fashion by a score of 41-10.

Kylee Moody led BHS with 11 points. Averi Workman had seven points, Aubrey Adams six, Madison Toon five, Shelby Patton four, Meaghan Bond four, Cici Craig two and Emily Bucher two.

The Lady Cardinals return to action Tuesday when they host Edgewood in a 6 p.m. contest at Glover Gym.

SHOALS (27) -- Brianna Wagler 0-1 1-3 3, Lezlie Hart 2-2 1-2 5, Jaylynn Hilderbrand 3-6 3-5 9, Ashton Allbright 0-1 0-0 0, Nicole Harder 4-12 0-2 10, Katlyn Sanders 0-2 0-0 0, Ashley Payne 0-1 0-0 0, Erica Bratton 0-0 0-0 0, Meagen Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-25 5-12 27.

BLOOMFIELD (49) -- Emily Bucher 4-6 0-1 8, Kari Schulte 2-3 0-0 4, Alicia Hasler 6-12 2-2 15, Elena Weddle 3-6 1-3 7, Kristin Hall 2-5 1-2 5, Aubrey Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Patton 1-1 0-0 2, Marissa McIntosh 1-1 0-0 2, Cheyenne Wikle 1-1 0-0 2, Meaghan Bond 2-3 0-0 4, Kylee Moody 0-1 0-0 0, Madison Toon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-41 4-8 49.

Shoals 2 4 11 10 -- 27

Bloomfield 16 10 8 15 -- 49

3-point shooting -- Shoals 2-11 (Harden 2-8, Hilderbrand 0-2, Wagler 0-1), Bloomfield 1-5 (Hasler 1-4, Moody 0-1). Rebounds -- Shoals 19 (Hart 5, Harder 5), Bloomfield 27 (Schulte 10). Steals -- Shoals 7 (Hilderbrand 3), Bloomfield 18 (Hasler 7). Blocked shots -- Shoals 1 (Harder), Bloomfield none. Turnovers -- Shoals 28, Bloomfield 18. Total fouls -- Shoals 28, Bloomfield 18. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Bloomfield 41, Shoals 10.

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