VERDIGRIS – The 11th-ranked Verdigris Lady Cardinals forced 31 turnovers and allowed Jay just two field goals in the first half, rolling to a 49-22 victory over the Lady Bulldogs on Friday night at Collins Sports Complex.
Morgan Borgstadt, a 5-foot-11 freshman, led the Cardinals (2-0) with 14 points off the bench, shooting 7-of-14 from the floor. VHS used 16 players and half of them scored.
“The kids played hard and finally settled down and did what they were taught to do,’’ Cardinals coach Mike Buntin said. “We shot 30 percent in the first half and 60 percent in the second half. The game had no flow in the first half.’’
Senior Megan Turner gunned through a 3-point shot from the left corner late in the first period, giving the Cards a 12-9 lead, and they were never caught.
Jay went 5:18 without scoring and trailed 17-10 midway in the second quarter. Senior Kylee McGuire hit a trey at the buzzer as VHS led 26-12 at the half.
“I think we have a chance eventually to be nine girls deep and (Morgan) Borgstadt is really good,’’ Buntin said. “In the first half, she was frustrated and really got down on herself. In the second half she got her momentum back (hitting 4-of-5 shots).’’
Free-throw shooting was a trouble spot for Buntin, with Jay canning 8-of-10 and Verdigris making just 7-of-22.
However, with the Bulldogs converting just 21.5 percent from the floor, in the end it didn’t matter.
The Cardinals continued to pull away in the third period with consecutive hoops from Morgan ad Lexy Borgstadt pushing their lead to 36-17.
Jay turned the ball over 16 times in the second half, including nine in the fourth quarter and never had a chance to cut into its deficit.