Cheney boys stay perfect with blowout wins


By Travis Mounts

Cheney’s perfect boys basketball record remained intact as the Cardinals beat the Douglass Bulldogs 65-16 in Cheney last Friday. Cheney had not played a home game in 29 days but the Cardinals defended the home court well.
That win follows up last Tuesday’s 3-point victory at Medicine Lodge. The wins improved the Cardinals’ record to 15-0 this season.
The Cardinals’ defense was impressive, holding Douglass to 5 or fewer points in each quarter. Cheney led 27-6 at halftime and allowed just 2 points in the second quarter.
The offense then exploded for 27 third-quarter points – matching Cheney’s entire first-half output – to take a 54-11 lead. Cheney head coach Linndy Frieden said the Cardinals were a little “groggy” to start the game.
Their 1-3-1 trap led to some easy baskets, especially in the third quarter, and to 23 steals in the game. Harrison Middleton led with seven steals.
Luke Grace led Cheney in scoring for the second straight game, with 17 points. The Cardinals went deep into their bench, and got scoring from eight different players in the blowout victory.
Rylan Doshier scored 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, to spark the Cardinals early.
The Cardinals traveled to Trinity Academy to start the week. Frieden expected the Knights to put up a strong effort. Cheney hosts Garden Plain on Friday and will be at Kingman next week on Tuesday.
Cheney: Luke Grace 17, Rylan Doshier 14, Harrison Voth 12, Harrison Middleton 7, Aiden Lynch 6, Jack Voth 4, Carson Middleton 3, Keegan O’Shea 2.

The Cardinals rolled to a 71-40 win at the Medicine Lodge Indians on Feb. 1.
Luke Grace scored 19 points to lead Cheney, and was one of four Cardinals to score 10 or more. Harrison Voth was right behind with 17 points.
Grace was 7-for-9 from the field, and also led Cheney in rebounding. In addition, he guarded the Indians’ top player for most of the game, as Cheney limited him to just 6 points – roughly 14 points below average.
“It was one of Luke’s better all-around games,” said Frieden.
Cheney led by just a couple of possessions after the first quarter. The Cardinals went to a full-court man-to-man defense in the second and third quarters, which Frieden said helped jump-start the team. That created easy baskets. Cheney also committed just five turnovers in the game.
Cheney: Luke Grace 19, Harrison Voth 11, Harrison Voth 11, Jack Voth 10, Rylan Doshier 8, Keegan O’Shea 6.