By Travis Mounts
The No. 2-ranked Cheney Cardinals (3A) boys basketball kept its season perfect with Friday’s 77-31 home victory against the Kingman Eagles.
The Cardinals shot well, especially Keegan O’Shea. The Cardinals’ first player off the bench, O’Shea made all 15 of his points in the second quarter as Cheney outscored Kingman on a 30-9 run. He was one of four players with 11 or more points. Harrison Voth had a game-high 19.
“The basket got really big for us. Keegan had his best game of the year,” said Cheney head coach Linndy Frieden.
So far this season, the Cardinals have won all but one game by more than 20 points. Their closest game to date was a 19-point victory. They have gotten to 7-0 by winning their games by an average of 29.9 points.
The Cardinals played at Garden Plain on Tuesday. They are on the road again this Friday, visiting the Chaparral Roadrunners.
The Cardinals are playing next week in the Adolph Rupp Invitational at Halstead High School. The Cardinals won the title last year after several close calls in previous seasons. The field will be tough again. Haven has just two losses, and Andale beat 5A’s top team in Maize and gave Collegiate its first loss.
“I’m looking forward to the test,” Frieden said.
Cheney: Harrison Voth 19, Keegan O’Shea 15, Harrison Middleton 13, Jackson Voth 11, Luke Grace 7, Rylan Doshier 5, Carson Middleton 3, Quincy Thomas 2, Aiden Lynch 2.
The Cheney Cardinals boys basketball team started off the new year with a 59-36 road win over the Independent Panthers.
The Panthers managed to stay in the game into the fourth quarter. The Cardinals led by 9 at halftime and were up 40-29 after three quarters, but they went on a 19-4 run to close out the game, as both the defense and the offense stepped up the pressure.
Cheney may have been rusty after the holiday break. The Cardinals struggled to shoot, missing a number of inside shots. But they went 18-for-20 from the free-throw line.
“I though that was really big,” Frieden said.
Jackson Voth led four players in double figures, scoring 15. Cheney, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A to open the new year, improved to 6-0.
Cheney: Jack Voth 15, Harrison Voth 13, Harrison Middleton 13, Luke Grace 10, Ryan Doshier 8.