By BRAD KEITH
Colbe Stoker and Bart VanKranenburg combined for 35 points and Lingleville (14-2) rolled to a big halftime advantage in a 62-51 victory over Blanket Tuesday.
“If the game had stopped after 16 minutes I would have been pretty happy with the way we played,” said third-year Lingleville head coach Kade Eckert. “But the game is 32 minutes long, so I’m not happy. We did not play very well the last 16 minutes. We have to learn to play all 32 minutes, but that’s just part of developing a young team.”
Young, but full of scorers. Stoker poured in 18 and VanKranenburg 17, convenient on a night when Tim Griffin was limited after a good opening quarter. He scored six in the first and seven for the game, matching Jarod Hagood. Bailey Fenn added six.
The Cards were ahead 39-24 at the break, then scored just eight points in the third.
“We hit a lull, and while you see that a lot in games were a team is up big at halftime, you sure don’t want to get in a habit of it,” said Eckert.
Of course, the Cardinals were never truly threatened. And even Eckert admits having a shot at 15 wins before Christmas – they visit Hamilton at 2:30 p.m. Friday – is a big accomplishment for a team rebuilding with youth following three consecutive trips to the regional tournament.
“We have a shot to go 15-2. If you would have told me that would be the case with such a young team, I would have taken it, he said. “But we still have a long ways to go.”