Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Gubanyar, Leichtman pace Huskies in second straight win

Cardinal’s girls’ basketball team heads into the Christmas break on a two-game winning streak and a very charitable mood.

The Huskies jumped out to a 31-4 first quarter lead over visiting Fairport Harding on the way to a 67-13 win.

“The 31 points we scored in the first quarter, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like that, in terms of my team, everything was going perfectly,” said Cardinal coach Luke Kruse. “Everybody was sharing the ball and looking up on fast breaks to find the open shot. I would guess in the first quarter every basket we had came off an assist. We were making four or five passes and all those assists led to easy baskets.”

 Cardinal, which improved to 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division, led 38-7 at halftime and cruised to its second straight win.

“It’s real nice to go into Christmas break with a little win streak going and some positive momentum,” Kruse said. “The girls are playing really good basketball. A couple wins in a row is a nice feeling for us.”

Ashley Gubanyar led all scorers with a career-high 20 points.

“Everyone played smart, unselfish basketball,” Gubanyar said. “We moved the ball very well and always looked for the open person. I think winning two in a row definitely boosted everyone's confidence. It showed all of us what we're capable of, and how successful we can be if we continue to play the way we did last night.”

Delaney Leichtman added 14 points and posted a team-high seven steals for the Huskies.

“These past two games have given us confidence in trusting each other, that if we give a gift the ball will come back around to us,” Leichtman said. “In the first quarter we were moving the ball on offense and giving up a good shot for a great shot and playing really unselfish.”

Dawn Scribben pitched in with nine points and a team-high six rebounds while Adriana Naples contributed with eight points and Camille Cummins scored six points and had a team-high six assists.

“I thought Dawn played really well,” Kruse said. “She made some really nice moves around the basket and Delany had a solid all-around game and showed great leadership and composure throughout the game. Adriana Naples brought energy and hot shooting off the bench. It was a good opportunity to get everyone in and everyone contributed.”

Cardinal hosts Garfield Heights on Tuesday.


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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