Comet boys dominant; girls' upset bid falls short
ELDON — Rust? What rust?
In just their first game on the hardcourt since Dec. 18, the Cardinal boys rolled to their most dominant victory to date: a 75-32 shellacking of Moravia on Thursday night.
As a team, the sharpshooting Comets shot 64 percent from the field and grabbed a decisive 18-4 lead after the first quarter. Up 35-18 at halftime, the Comets poured in 26 more points in the third quarter and cruised into the fourth holding a 61-28 advantage.
Leading the way for the Comets was senior Dakota Showman, who set a record for assists in a game with 13, and he also supplied eight points and seven steals. Sophomore Brandon Potts and senior Jonathan Pedersen led in scoring with 12 points each.
Cardinal’s Charlie Rachford, a junior, scored 11 points, and Kaleb Durflinger and Nathan Yeager netted eight apiece. Conner McElderry and Neil Urtado tacked on six points each.
With the non-conference victory, the Comets improved to 5-4 overall. They have a 4-3 mark in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South.
The Comets will look to avenge a season-opening loss when they host Central Lee on Tuesday.
Moravia girls survive Cardinal’s upset bid
ELDON — Undefeated Moravia held off an upset-hungry Cardinal girls’ basketball squad and claimed a 55-45 victory Thursday in Eldon.
The Mohawks shot 45 percent from the field and were led by Katelynn Tracy’s 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.
The Comets, led by Lindsay Moore’s 15 points, trailed just 24-21 at halftime. The host team was unable to whittle into the deficit in the second half, however, with the Mohawks pouring in 31 more points.
Also for Cardinal, Danae Moses netted 12 points, and Delaney Ridgway tallied nine points and four steals. Jessie McElderry scored four points and pulled down six boards, and Lexi Fullenkamp also scored four.
Cardinal (5-6, 4-4 SEISC South) hosts Central Lee on Tuesday.