Cardinals Nipped by Bulldogs at Buzzer

The Ell-Saline Cardinal girls’ basketball squad lost a heartbreaker Thursday evening to the Douglass Bulldogs in the Heart of America League –  Central Plains League challenge.

Playing on a neutral floor at Marion High School, both teams got off to a sluggish start offensively.  With the scored tied 2-2 halfway through the first quarter, Douglass (1-5) closed out the quarter on an 8-4 run to take a 10-6 lead.

In the second quarter, Ell-Saline (0-6) came to life offensively, pouring 18 points onto the scoreboard with eight of those coming from Cardinal sophomore Raleigh Kramer.  The strong offensive showing gave Ell-Saline a 24-18 lead at the break, the first halftime lead for the Cardinals this season.  However, Douglass refused to go away.

Following the 18-point second quarter effort, the Cardinal offense disappeared in the third quarter, mustering just two points.  Douglass scored nine in the period to regain the lead at 27-26, setting the stage for what would prove to be a thrilling finish.

Neither team led by more than a possession in a nip and tuck fourth quarter.  With less than two minutes left to play, Kramer buried a three from the left wing to give Ell-Saline a 35-32 lead.  On the ensuing possession, Bulldog freshman Rebecca Hajdukovich connected from beyond the arc to nod the contest at 35-35.

Following a Cardinal miss, Douglass got the basketball back with just over 30 seconds remaining and held for the final possession.  With three seconds left, freshman Joslyn DeLano missed a runner in the paint, but junior Myra Megli pulled down the offensive rebound and hit the stickback as time expired to give Douglass a 37-35 victory.

Megli led the Bulldogs with 15 points, while Hajdukovich added 13 points.

Kramer finished the night tied for game-high scoring honors with a season-high 15 points, while Cardinal junior Reece Ditto chipped in seven points in the loss.


Ell-Saline   6  18   2   9  –  35

Douglass   10   8   9  10  – 37