By BRAD KEITH
(January 6, 2014) — Lingleville grabbed an early 15-point lead then held off a rally by May for a 44-41 win Tuesday night.
Third-year head coach Kade Eckert called it a huge win for his team, it’s first since the death of junior standout Bart VanKranenburg on Dec. 21.
“It was huge. After experiencing a something like that, you just want to go out and be competitive. You still want to teach the kids to fight through adversity, and our guys gutted it out tonight,” said Eckert. “No doubt, it was a big win for us for obvious reasons.”
Colbe Stoker poured in 19 points and Tim Griffin 13 to lead Lingleville, which improved to 15-4 on the season.
The Cardinals were back to their running and gunning selves in the opening quarter, when Griffin knocked down three 3-pointers to send them to the second ahead 20-11. The fun continued through an 8-2 run for a 28-13 lead, but that’s when May started to slow the Cardinals.
“We hit a wall offensively, but we were very consistent defensively and that’s why we won,” said Eckert.
It was tight the entire way after May scored the final seven points of the half, cutting Lingleville’s lead to 28-20.
Lingleville went cold offensively and was outscored 10-4 in the third, when their lead dwindled to 32-30. May tied the score but never took the lead in the fourth, when Lingleville held on despite going just 5-11 from the foul stripe.
The Cardinals were just 13-22 from the line for the night, going 7-11 in the first three quarters. Stoker and Griffin combined to go 7-10, and the rest of the team was just 6-12.
Meine Huisman scored and Jarod Hagood each scored four and Bailey Fenn three for the Cardinals, who visit Priddy at 6:30 p.m. Friday.