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March 5, 2010

Lady Cards remain alive in hunt for gold ball

BIXBY — The Verdigris Lady Cardinals kept alive their dream of a gold ball with a thrilling 52-42 area tournament victory over Cascia Hall on Thursday evening in Whitey Ford Fieldhouse.
  Next challenge for the 21-7 Lady Cardinals is a battle with Morris this afternoon in Bixby.  A win today coupled with another on Saturday will secure a berth in next week’s state tournament.
  Verdigris led 12-9 after one and carried a 24-19 advantage to the locker room at intermission but could not run away from Cascia Hall.
  The Lady Commandos pulled within 35-32 at the end of three quarters.  Two free throws from Jaime Rahilly to begin the fourth, briefly brought Cascia Hall to within a single point at 35-34 in a contest where they had never led.
  A steal and breakaway layup by Mallary Schaub made the score 37-34.  Seconds later, Schaub stole a Cascia Hall in-bound pass that ultimately became a traditional 3-point play.  With just over two minutes remaining, Verdigris now led 40-36.
  The teams had traded baskets when the suddenly red-hot Schaub exploded again with 1:02 to play.  This “Mallary Moment” was the knock-out blow for Verdigris and put Cascia Hall away for good.
  During the next 22-seconds, Schaub pilfered another Lady Commando pass, drove the right baseline and scored, was then fouled not once, but twice and converted all four free throws.  In a flash, the Verdigris lead had become 11-points.  A half-minute later the Lady Cardinal victory was secure 52-42.
  Schaub led Verdigris with a game high 16-points.  All but five were scored in the fourth quarter.  Julia Mitchell followed with a 12-point, 10-rebound “Double-Double” performance for the Lady Cardinals.  Bridget Young scored 9-points for Cascia Hall as no Lady Commando reached double-figures.

#11 Verdigris 52,  Cascia Hall 42    (girls)

CASCIA HALL     9    10   13    10     - 42

VERDIGRIS      12    12    11   17     - 52

Cascia Hall (11-15) – Bridget Young 9, Jaime Rahilly 8, Mary Katherine Minor 6, Kate Brandon 5, Nikki Price 4, Natalie Wallace 4, Liesl Spoerl 4, Emily Ward 2.

Verdigris (21-7) – Mallary Schaub 16, Julia Mitchell 12, Shaylinn Vestal 8, Amanda Stout 5, Alyssa Sunday 5, Brittany Crow 3, Shannon Swopes 3.

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