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Cardinals sweep Timberwolves, cap off long week

LEON – Central Decatur rolled to two victories Friday night, beating Southwest Valley in the girls’’ contest 45-22 and in the boys 63-46.

For the SWV girls, it was a struggle from the jump as CD’s free-shooting team opened the game on a 12-0 run.

For the girls, the decision for the Cardinals to jump on SWV early with 3-point scoring and tight defense was in head coach Curtis Boothe’s head from the start.

“That (shooting the 3-pointer), and being able to press them (SWV),” said Boothe. “This is our fourth game in five days so I was worried about our legs, but I think we came out and played a lot better in the first half than I thought we would. ... We shot the ball well, got a few steals and I thought we played good defense.”

CD played on the road against Van Meter and Martensdale-St. Marys Monday and Thursday, respectively, last week with a game at home against Southeast Warren Tuesday. The Timberwolves, who were also playing their fourth game in five days, struggled to contend late on tired legs as the lead grew for the Cardinals.

“I think we’re [energized] enough that playing at home on a Friday night [helps],” said Boothe. “... We still wanted to finish the week 4-0, so it was a good week for us. ... We kind of let up a little in the fourth, I don’t know if legs got tired, but got everyone in and got some some experience.”

Entering the half down 30-11, SWV was unable to recover from a night where they shot a collective 8-for-51 from the floor. Central Decatur was efficient at causing the turnover and collecting steals, racking up 22 steals.

One point of emphasis for Boothe was to take Southwest Valley’s tall forward Jentry Schafer out of the picture. Boothe put Riley Bell and Alaina Applegate on her to try and limit her scoring. The clamp down worked as Schafer finished with 10 points.

“We were just doubling her, just because we knew what kind of athlete she is,” said Boothe. “She’s extremely good and got loose on us a couple times, but overall I think we played decent defense on her.”

Applegate led the Cardinals in scoring with 14 points and Maizee Lindsey scored 10 points. Bell grabbed 10 rebounds, scoring eight times. Halle Hamilton had the high in assists and Applegate had the high in steals, both at four.

Boys roll in POI play

After keeping it close early in the contest, Central Decatur kicked it in gear and pulled away late in a 63-46 win.

The SWV boys held an early lead in their contest, going ahead 6-2 in the first quarter before a 13-2 run for the Cardinals swung the score to 15-8.

It was a sluggish start to the game, said CD head coach Zach Clark.

“I think we were kind of lethargic,” said Clark. “We weren’t as active defensively and they came up with a few loose balls. Offensively, we just weren’t sharp. We weren’t cutting with purpose or taking care of the ball and making sure we finish. It took us a little while to wake up.”

Ahead 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, the score hovered around a 10-point difference as the game neared halftime. Despite reeling the difference down to seven on a 10-1 run to start the second half, the Timberwolves had no answer for the Cardinals offense.

One weakness for the Timberwolf boys was limiting the post offense for CD, which was led by Iowa State football commit Cole Pedersen. As one of the most talented athletes in the state, he had no issue overpowering whatever was thrown at him.

SWV boys head coach Kyle Bashor’s plan to try and limit Pedersen was simple.

“It was simply don’t let him catch it, because after he catches it you’re done at that point,” said Bashor. “That’s what we tried to do, ... we did a pretty good job. They tried forcing it a few times and we got a few turnovers, them trying to, but after he caught it he did his thing. All in all, it wasn’t too bad.”

Pedersen scored 22 points, going 10 of 15 from the field. Michel Evertsen scored 13, assisting seven scored and Matt Boothe scored 10 points.

Clark feels the Timberwolves showed signs of a better team than their record dictates, playing CD hard all four quarters Friday night.

“I think they’re a better team than maybe their record shows,” said Clark. “They’ve got some big, strong guys, they play hard and crash the boards. They made some threes too. Credit to them, they came in and really pushed us.”

UP NEXT – Central Decatur plays Wayne, at Wayne, Tuesday night with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and the boys to follow.

Central Decatur 63, Southwest Valley 46

SWV (46) — 12 11 12 11

CD (63) — 18 19 7 19

SOUTHWEST VALLEY (FG FT PTS) — Totals – 17 7-10 46. Tucker Tepoel 5 0-2 10, Adam Harris 2 4-4 8, Trevor Abraham 3 0-0 7, Tyler Hoover 2 0-0 5. 3-point goals – 5 (Blaine Venteicher, Brendan Pearson, Garrett Marn, Abraham, Hoover). Rebounds — 22 (Tepoel 7, Pearson 5). Assists — 7. Steals —10 (Harris 3). Blocked shots — 1. Turnovers — N/A. Team fouls — N/A. Fouled out — None.

CENTRAL DECATUR (FG FT PTS) — Totals – 26 7-9 63. Cole Pedersen 10 2-3 22, Michel Evertsen 5 2-2 13, Matt Boothe 3 2-2 10, Haden Leymaster 3 0-0 6. 3-point goals – 4 (Boothe 2). Rebounds — 20 (Pedersen 7, Evertsen 4). Assists — 20. Steals —13 (Pedersen 4). Blocked shots — 2. Turnovers — N/A. Team fouls — 11. Fouled out — None.

Central Decatur 45, Southwest Valley 22

SWV (22) — 5 6 6 5

CD (45) — 19 11 13 2

SOUTHWEST VALLEY (FG FT PTS) — Totals —8 5-6 22. Jentry Schafer 4 2-2 10, Jillian Simmons 1 0-0 3, Norah Lund 0 2-2 2, Rylee Jacobs 1 0-0 2, MaKayla Houck 1 0-0 2, Tonna Damewood 1 0-0 2, Marah Larsen 0 1-2 1. 3-point goals – 1 (Simmons).Rebounds — 28 (Schafer 10, Abbie Wetzel 3, Houck 3, Maggie Haer 3). Assists — 5. Steals —9 (Lund 2, Halle Pearson 2, Schafer 2). Blocked shots — none. Turnovers — N/A. Team fouls — 10. Fouled out — None.

CENTRAL DECATUR (FG FT PTS) — Totals —17 7-10 45. Alaina Applegate 5 2-4 14, Maizee Lindsey 4 0-0 10, Riley Bell 3 2-2 8, Layni Masters 2 1-2 5. 3-point goals – 4 (Applegate 2, Lindsey 2). Rebounds — 42 (Bell 10, Applegate 7, Mara Dykes 5). Assists — 10. Steals —22 (Applegate 4, Masters 3, Bell 3, Lindsey 3). Blocked shots — 4 (Bell 3). Turnovers — N/A. Team fouls — 8. Fouled out — None.

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