Spartans surrender in 48-29 LHS victory

By Andrea Camarena

Lindsay girls basketball took a 48-29 win over Strathmore last Friday.

Nickie Salinas and Russie Sanders led the team's offense putting away 17 and 16 points each in the Rivalry match up.

"We basically came out and pressed the whole game."

Sanders put up most of her points on turnovers as she forced steals for breakaways on the Spartan's court.

"It was a good team effort," Lindstrand said.

This week, the team heads south for the Porterville tournament. In the first game of the tournament, the girls are slated to play Redwood High School of Visalia. The Division I team recently defeated Division IV Corcoran 56-36 to win their own tournament. Corcoran is favored as the East Sequoia League leader.

In the next three weeks, the Cardinals competition won't get any easier as they head into more tournament play with more DI and DII competitors.

We're getting ready for the holidays by playing a lot of tournaments."

In the first week of the season, the Cardinals have revealed their weakness in free throws, going 9/20 against Strathmore.

The Cardinals kicked off their season in a foundation game against Granite Hills on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Lindsay fell short with a score of 51-35, Granite Hills.

"They ran a full court man to man press. We were able to break it but we missed a lot of layups and were never really able to get into a half court offense," said Lindstrand

"We took them too lightly because we beat them in summer leage."

Lindstrand was not outraged by the outcome of the game, instead, he saw room for improvement. "It set the tone that we had to play hard to keep up with our competition."

"They played hard but they had no focus," Lindstrand said.

Erika Gonzalez led the offense against Granite Hills scoring 12 points while Valerie Chairez had eight.

But the Cardinals highest scorer's could not compete with Granite Hills' offensive weapon. Ali Velasco racked up 34 points on her own to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

The JV squad won their season opener, 38-22 against Farmersville last week. Jordan Murillo dished out the most points with 18. Yadira Cardenas managed 10.

This is coach Rusty Sanders' first year as JV coach. The season follows his recent stint as Lindsay's freshman coach.

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