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Jackie Miller goes up for a shot between two Easton Valley defenders during their scrimmage last week.

The sound of high schools girls dribbling basketballs echoed on courts across the area with the start of girls’ basketball practice Nov. 9.

Maquoketa High School Cardinals coach James Doepke said the team has a lot to do before opening night. 

“But theses girls are determined to show they can be a good team,” he explained. “We got a lot of girls that can contribute, and we are going to use them.” The Cardinals look to improve on last year’s record of (17-6). 

Cardinal junior Tenley Cavanagh started all 23 games for the Cardinals last season scoring an average of 7.43 points per game. So, the Cardinals are going to have to find some scorers. They will look for help from seniors Madilyn Lemke and Addie Bowman and juniors CJ Yeager, Jackie Miller, and Carley Davis for the bulk of the scoring this season Coach Doepke also has some underclassmen who could see action this season.

Maquoketa opens the season at home Tuesday, Nov. 24, against Vinton Shellsburg.

With only four practices under the team’s belt, Easton Valley River Hawks’ girls’ basketball coach Chad Gruver said the team has a lot to work on heading into preseason and regular-season play

The River Hawks open the season at home Tuesday, Nov. 24, against Marquette Catholic.

In other sports news: 

Maquoketa High School boys basketball and wrestling practices started this week. Their competitive season begins after Thanksgiving on Nov. 30.