The Maquoketa Cardinals girls basketball team had a successful first week of action, going 2-0 on the young season. 

On Tuesday Nov. 26, the Cardinals opened with a 62-44 win on the road at Williamsburg. Then Saturday, the Cardinals won the home opener against the Davenport West Falcons 67-45.

In Williamsburg, Autumn Dykstra led four Cardinals in double figures with 18 points. Tenley Cavanagh and Abbi Strathman netted 11 each, and Nell Sybesma chipped in 10 points. Strathman grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. The Cardinals also had 21 assists on 24 made field goals; Sybesma recorded nine assists.

Dykstra again led a trio of Cards in double figures in the girls’ home opener Saturday, scoring 23 points. Strathman poured in 12 points, with Cavanagh netting 11; Sybesma pitched in with eight points.

The Cardinals started slow against the Falcons, trailing 10-6 with three minutes left in the first quarter before catching fire and leading 19-12 at the end of that quarter. 

Sometimes, the game resembled football instead of a basketball game, as the Cardinals and the Falcons were whistled for 46 fouls — 25 by the Falcons and 21 by the Cards. The Cardinals only made 15 of 31 free throws. Two Falcons players fouled out while Maquoketa’s Addi Bowman fouled out for the Cardinals. 

The Cardinals recorded 19 steals, with Sybesma getting five.

The Cardinals traveled to Vinton-Shellsburg Tuesday, Dec. 3, and are home Friday Dec. 6, hosting Independence. Find results in the Dec. 11 issue of the Sentinel-Press.

Maquoketa 62

Williamsburg 44

M (1-0)22181111 — 62

W (0-1)101499 — 44

Points — Autumn Dykstra 18; Tenley Cavanagh 11; Abbi Strathman 11; Nell Sybesma 10; Cari Pickup 4; Madilyn Lemke 4; Addi Bowman 2; Jackie Miller 2. Rebounds — Strathman 8; Pickup 4; Dykstra 4; Lemke 3; Sybesma 3; Bowman 1; Cavanagh 1; Miller 1; Kallie Brown 1. Assists — Sybesma 9; Pickup 4; Dykstra 4; Cavanagh 2; Strathman 2. Steals — Bowman 4; Pickup 2; Sybesma 2; Dykstra 1. Blocks — Lemke 1; Strathman 1. FG — 24-35. FT — 11-17. 3PT — 3-6.

(At Maquoketa Nov. 30)

Maquoketa 67

Davenport West 45

D (0-1)121016  7 — 45

M (2-0)21191215 — 67

Points — Autumn Dykstra 23; Abbi Strathman 12; Tenley Cavanagh 11; Nell Sybesma 8; Cari Pickup 5; Carley Davis 4; Madilyn Lemke 3; Jackie Miller 1. Rebounds — Sybesma 9; Dykstra 7; Pickup 6; Cavanagh 3; Strathman 3; Lemke 2; Miller 2; Davis 1. Assists — Sybesma 6; Pickup 3; Lemke 3; Miller 3; Dykstra 2. Steals — Sybesma 5; Pickup 4; Addi Bowman 3; Cavanagh 2; Dykstra 2; Strathman 2; Lemke 1. Blocks — Strathman 3; Sybesma 2; Pickup 2; Cavanagh 1; Miller 1; CJ Yeager 1. FG — 24-55. FT — 15-31. 3PT — 4-15.