Cardinals weather Tornadoes for State berth


By Travis Mounts

Nobody was surprised that the Cheney Cardinals won the 3A girls substate tournament on Saturday in Douglass, but not many predicted the Eureka Tornadoes would nearly storm past the Cardinals.
The undefeated Cardinals held on for a 55-51 win over the Tornadoes.
The Cardinals relied once again on Kylee Scheer, one of the best players in the State, who delivered a game-high 21 points. Brynn McCormick, a transfer from Scott City, has turned into Cheney’s No. 2 scorer, and she delivered with 11 points. The addition of McCormick proved timely as Lexi Cline, a point guard and spark plug of a player, spent most of the season recuperating from an injury suffered before basketball began.
Now the Cardinals will look to go back to the final four in 3A, starting with Monday home game against Halstead. The Cardinals and Dragons battled in the Haven Wildcat Classic championship at the end of January, with Cheney pulling out a 10-point victory.
It was a low-scoring game to start, with the teams tied at 8 after one quarter. Eureka scored 19 in the second to build a 27-22 halftime lead.
Cheney has not trailed often this season, and responded with a 19-10 run in the third quarter. A 10-6 run to start the fourth quarter put the Cardinals ahead by 8, 51-43. The Tornadoes answered with 5 straight points. Cheney led 51-48 with 1:52 to play.
Another Cheney basket gave the Cardinals a two-possession lead, 51-48. Eureka was able to cut it to 53-51 with a basket with 2.6 seconds to go, but had to foul quickly. Scheer iced the game with a pair of free throws with 0.9 seconds left.
Free throws proved to be important, with Cheney making 12 of 13 attempts. The Cardinals sank seven 3-point baskets, including three each by McCormick and Scheer. Cline made the other one.
Cheney: Scheer 21, McCormick 11, Cline 7, Olivia Albers 6, Lacy Luehrs 4, Leah Durr 4, Campbell Hague 2.

Cheney cruised past the Trinity Academy Knights 60-40 in last Thursday’s semifinal game at Douglass.
The Cardinals outscored the Knights 33-15 over the second and third quarters to put this game out of reach.
Kylee Scheer and Brynn McCormick hit three 3-point baskets each and scored a combined 44 points, besting Trinity’s team total.
Cheney: Scheer 25, McCormick 19, Korri Lies 5, Brooklyn Wewe 4, Lexi Cline 3, Campbell Hague 2, Lacy Luehrs 2.