Cardinal girls

Cardinal girls basketball

The Maquoketa Cardinals girls basketball team recorded two more victories this week, bringing them to 4-0 on the young season. 

On Dec. 3, the Cardinals traveled to Vinton to take on Vinton-Shellsburg and held on to a tough six-point win 54-48. They defeated the Independence Mustangs squad in a lopsided 65-18 contest. 

Through the first three games, at least three Cardinal girls scored in double figures. Nell Sybesma recorded the Cardinals’ first double-double this season at Vinton with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Abbi Strathman poured in 12 points while Autumn Dykstra netted 10. 

On Friday night, Sybesma paced the Cardinals with 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. The #12 Class 4A-ranked Cardinals used a suffocating half-court trap defense against the Mustangs, resulting in 24 steals and six blocked shots. But, the win might be a costly one as top scorer Dykstra went down with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return the rest of the game.

The Cardinals have two home games this week: Tuesday against Center Point-Urbana and Friday against South Tama. 

Maquoketa 54

Vinton-Shellsburg 48

M (3-0)1471716 — 54

V (1-1)771222 — 48

Points — Nell Sybesma 18; Abbi Strathman 12; Autumn Dykstra 10; Tenley Cavanagh 7; Cari Pickup 5; Addi Bowman 1; Madilyn Lemke 1. Rebounds — Sybesma 11; Pickup 7; Cavanagh 4; Dykstra 4; Lemke 2; Jackie Miller 2. Assists —Sybesma 5; Cavanagh 2; Miller 2; Bowman 1; Pickup 1; Strathman 1. Steals — Sybesma 5; Pickup 3; Dykstra 3; Bowman 2; Strathman 1. Blocks — Sybesma 2; Pickup 2; Cavanagh 1; Dykstra 1; Strathman 1. FG — 15-42. FT — 18-30. 3PT — 6-13. 

 

Maquoketa 65

Independence 18

I (1-3)1746 — 18

M (4-0)2316215 — 65

Points — Nell Sybesma 29; Tenley Cavanagh 6; Madilyn Lemke 6; Addi Bowman 5; Cari Pickup 5; Autum Dykstra 5; Jackie Miller 4; Carley Davis 2; Abbi Strathman 2; Mackenzie Said 1. Rebounds — Sybesma 9; Cavanagh 4; Strathman 3; Drew Trentz 3; Bowman 2; Lemke 2; Dykstra 2; Davis 2; Said 2; Pickup 1; Miller 1; CJ Yeager 1; Kallie Brown 1. Assists — Pickup 8; Sybesma 3; Strathman 2; Dykstra 1; Davis 1. Steals — Pickup 7; Bowman 5; Cavanagh 3; Sybesma 3; Lemke 2; Dykstra 1; Miller 1; Davis 1; Trentz 1. Blocks — Strathman 3; Cavanagh 1; Sybesma 1; Miller 1. FG — 26-57. FT — 11-17. 3PT — 2-10.