Going on the road to play a top Division III girls basketball team is hard enough, but to do it without 4 of 11 dressing due to injury and family commitments makes the task even harder. Saturday afternoon at Jamestown, the Triad Lady Cardinals, suiting up only 7 players, gave the Greeneview Lady Rams all they wanted for a half, eventually falling 59-33 in an Ohio Heritage Conference game.
“The girls played such a good first half, as we were only down 27-21 at the break, but eventually against an excellent team, it becomes difficult due to sheer exhaustion,” said Lady Card coach Jeff Merklin. “Greeneview outscored us 22-2 in the 3rd quarter, but we never quit, and that’s a tribute to the good senior leadership we have in Makenzie Cauley and Kristin Bailey.”
The Lady Cards had opportunities throughout the game, but couldn’t find the range on the offensive end, shooting only 26% for the game (11-42).
Frani LeVan led Triad with 18 points. Cauley had 8 rebounds for the Cards, who fall to 4-4 overall, 2-4 in the OHC. Triad is now off for the winter break, returning to play January 3 against Southeastern in another OHC game.