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Cardinal falls at No. 8 Van Buren, defeats Moravia

Van Buren cheerleaders are, from left, sophomores Kylie Peck, Emily Sprouse and Lily Haines pose during the Warriors home game against Cardinal Friday evening in Keosauqua.
Van Buren cheerleaders are, from left, sophomores Kylie Peck, Emily Sprouse and Lily Haines pose during the Warriors home game against Cardinal Friday evening in Keosauqua.
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The No. 8 ranked team in Class 2A, the Van Buren girls’ basketball team, improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 61-21 running-clock win over Cardinal.

The Comets came to play, but the Warriors were just too much offensively, holding scoring advantages of 21-5 and 19-9 during the first two quarters of play, respectively.

It wasn’t all candies and spice for Van Buren who had troubles hitting the outside shot early and also struggled with their substitutions according to their head coach, Matt Zeitler.

The good news for the Warriors is that they were able to work on some defenses in the second half, such as a triangle and two, box and one and some man to man.

“We can keep throwing the ball into Taryn to score,” said Zeitler. “but we need other girls to be able to shoot if they ever take Taryn away.”

Scheuermann was 9-15 from the field and totaled 20 points and five rebounds to go with two assists and five blocks. Offensively, the Warriors were also led by sophomore Isabel Manning who tallied 21 points on 10-16 shooting, along with seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and a block. Madison Bartholomew and Grace Davidson added seven points each, while Chloe Davidson had four and Lexi Jirak had two.

“These are laid back kids getting ready for the next game as each one ends,” added Coach Z.

Cardinal at Moravia

The Comets got their first win of the season on the road Saturday with a 39-30 victory at Moravia.

Cardinal edged the home team in a low-scoring first period that ended 3-2 after eight minutes of play. The Comets then had an outburst for 15 points, while the defense only allowed seven, giving them a nine point halftime lead.

A 17-6 edge in the third widened the margin to 20 for Cardinal who then held on in the fourth while getting out scored 15-4 on the offensive side of the ball.

Cardinal is now 1-2 and will host WACO tonight and New London on Thursday. Van Buren will likely move up in the Class 2A rankings if they can improve to 5-0 with a win at Central Lee tonight before hosting Danville on Friday.