Saturday, January 28, 2023

Garfield ends Cardinal’s season

Garfield’s 63-36 win over Cardinal in a Division III sectional semifinal on Wednesday ended the Huskies’ season.

It also closed out the careers of Cardinal seniors Delaney Leichtman, Allissa Nevison and Dawn Scribben.

“Dawn and Allissa I've actually had for five years. I coached them from eighth grade and then all the way up through their senior year, so they've meant a lot to me,” said Cardinal coach Luke Kruse. “Delaney came from Ledgemont her freshman year and became a big part of the program right away. We saw how talented she was.”

Nevison averaged 3.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in 21 games this season.

“She's a girl that really hadn't played that much basketball,” Kruse said. “I think she started in seventh grade and she really didn't even play much JV as a freshman and into her sophomore year, but she really proved that hard work pays off. She made a decision that her role on the team was going to be as a defensive stopper and our best defensive player. She worked her butt off to prove that.”

Her hard work and defensive mindset forced Kruse to keep her on the floor this season.

“Halfway through her junior year I figured I really couldn't take her off the floor when the other team had a go-to player,” Kruse said. “She's been a big minute player this year and someone who has accomplished a lot through grit and hard work.”

BKBScribben’s time over the past couple of seasons was limited due to a logjam at the post position.

“She's been very patient,” Kruse said. “She's a post player and kind of unfortunately for her she had to kind of wait her turn, so to speak. As the year went on this year she really gained confidence. That Berkshire game was a big turning point for her just knowing she could do a lot down low. In the second half of the season she was one of our leading scorers and she also dramatically improved her rebounding.”

Scribben finished the year second on the team in scoring with 6.3 points per game and second on the team with 108 rebounds (4.8/game). She also averaged 1.5 steals per contest and blocked five shots.

She finished the year with two double-doubles and scored in double figures four times.

“Seeing that confidence and how she excelled in the second half of the season as she has grown more and more comfortable, I was really proud she was able to end her high school basketball on a positive note for the team,” Kruse said.

Leichtman led the Huskies in scoring this season despite missing several games with a foot injury.

She averaged 7.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. She also led the team in steals with 2.2 per contest.

“Unfortunattely, injuries have been a big part of her career and this year was no exception,” Kruse said. “She's a really talented basketball player and has really helped our team be successful in a lot of ways. I know she worked really hard this year to be able to come back for Senior Night and the second Berkshire game. She played through a lot of pain the last few years. I really appreciated her growth as a leader as well. She's somebody who really challenged herself to grow emotionally and as a leader. She was a captain this year and made sure everyone was doing what they needed to do to make the most of being on the team.”


Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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