Monday, February 6, 2023

Huskies roll to win over Spartans

Cardinal shook off a bit of a slow start then cruised to a 52-17 win over Richmond Heights on Saturday.

Dawn Scribben scored a game-high 20 points and led the Huskies with 10 rebounds and Hanna Traggiai added 11 for the Huskies, who played 13 different girls in the contest.

“The girls got off to a slow start but once we opened up the lid on the basket and picked up our defensive intensity we were able to pull away going into the half,” said Cardinal coach Luke Kruse. “Dawn had a monster game and Hanna played with spark to lead the way. It was good to get everyone involved and feeling positive.”

Scribben scored 14 points in the first half and she was determined to hit 20.

“When we win games it is because we played as a team the whole 32 minutes,” she said. “I was determined to make my goal 20 and it happened. They were all just easy shots down low when I was wide open.” - 10{75938b698c062a5f9d56a28bed7ead9ebf7938f0edec05c365aaf340748e7078} OFF our Already Affordable ProductsThe secret to her success was simply following the game plan.

“Coach always tells us not to be selfish with the ball and we definitely were not,” Scribben said. “If I saw an open cut I'd pass it. If I saw the shot go up I'd box out and get the rebound. It is always a great feeling to finish on top with a full team effort ‘W.’”

Traggiai also benefitted from the Huskies sticking to the plan.

“Our passing, one of the skills we've emphasized a lot this season, was spot on,” Traggiai said. “My whole team, starters and subs, was reading the floor exceptionally well and everyone on the court made an effort to play unselfishly. I just happened to be open a couple of those times and was able to convert the passes to points.”

Cardinal’s defense didn’t allow more than seven points in any quarter.

Traggiai contributed to that effort.

“Going into this season, I knew I had a team full of shooters and while I had a good shot, I knew that I was going to have to earn my playing time in other ways,” she said. “I'm pretty quick, so I responded with playing good, hard defense, for the entire time I was on the court. If you can keep the other team from scoring, you win games. Today's game was a lot more physical than I expected, especially in the second half. When the refs stopped calling every foul, I took that to my advantage and picked my ‘D’ a little more.”

The Huskies, who improved to 6-12 overall and 4-7 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division, travel to Fairport Harding on Wednesday.

Cardinal 52, Richmond Heights 17

Cardinal: Cummins 1, Geesling 2, Scribben 20, Traggiai 11, Hahner 0, Gubanyar 2, Pollack 2, Nevison 4, Naples 4, Avalon 0, Lawrence 4

Cardinal 12 16 13 11 — 52
Richmond Hts. 4 2 4 7 — 17

Field goals: Cardinal 22 of 72; Free throws: Cardinal 5 of 11; 3-pointers: Cardinal 1 (Traggiai); Rebounds: Cardinal 38 (Scribben 10); Assists: Cardinal 12 (Traggiai, Gubanyar 3)

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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