By BRAD KEITH
(November 18, 2014) — Lingleville struggled mightily shooting the ball but still found a way to give third year head coach Kade Eckert his 50th win in Tuesday’s season opener.
Tim Griffin poured in 19 points and Jarod Hagood added 13 off the bench for the Cardinals, who soared to a 55-48 road win despite a world of shooting woes.
Lingleville shot just 17 percent from the arc and only 23 percent from the free throw stripe, but won the fourth quarter 20-12 after trailing 36-35 at the end of the third.
“We gutted this one out, because we couldn’t hit anything,” said Eckert, who led the Cardinals to their second and third straight regional tournament appearances his first two years on the job. “But we won a season opener with a young team on the road while shooting poorly, so we’ll take it. We have some kinks to work out but we’re going to be fine.”
Colbe Stoker was also in double figures with 11 points while Bart Van Kranenburg had six, Sergio Rangel four and Meine Huisman two.
Lingleville visits Graford for tournament play this weekend. The Cardinals open against Saint Joe at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. A win would pit them against Graford or Seymour at 7:30 p.m. Friday.