Cardinal girls fall hard in Garces tourn.

The girls kicked off the tournament with two games on Monday, Dec. 20.

It turned into a losing night as the Monarchs fell 62-39 to Garces in the first game and followed it up with a 72-24 loss to Lemoore later that night.

Against Garces, top shooter, Nickie Salinas, put up 16 points for the Cardinals but the Rams' full court press forced several Cardinals turnovers.

The Lemoore Tigers kept the Cardinals away from the basket with their full court press in the next game as well, holding Salinas to a season-low six points.

The Cardinals returned to the tournament Tuesday night to face and defeat Bakersfield's McFarland 47-31. Salinas was back on her game going to the hoop for 26 points. Senior Erika Gonzalez came to life snatching 15 rebounds against the Cougars. Playing without their starting point guard Russie Sanders, Coach Pete Lindstrand said "I still wasn't real happy with their scoring."

The final night of the tournament ended in another loss for the Cardinals when they faced Mojave in a close 48-42 game.

The game was even throughout according to Lindstrand.

"I was real pleased with the girls' effort," Lindstrand said.

With an altered lineup, Lindsay's Nicole Schiro made six blocks while Salinas put away 28 points. Carina Gutierrez was moved to the front of the court to play small forward.

"She did an outstanding job on defense," said Lindstrand. "Her and Bales led an outstanding defense."

By the end of the game, Lindsay trailed 45-40 behind Mojave. Salinas made a three-point shot closing the spread to two. The Cardinals fouled the Mustangs who picked up one more point. Lindsay made a free throw but Mojave scored again knocking the Cardinals away from a last minute comeback.

"It's the kind of game you hate to lose." Lindstrand said.

This week, the Cardinals returned to Bakersfield to compete in the Stockdale Holiday Roundup They faced Centennial on their first day of the tournament.

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