Pirate Cagers Duel With Cardinals In Hardwood Classic
The action on the hardwood was smoking hot during the showdown between Alma and host Elwood in the basketball doubleheader on Thursday evening.
The Lady Pirates defended their home court by earning the 43-42 victory over the Alma cagers.
During the first quarter, the scoring efforts of Tiffany Dickau led the Lady Pirates but it wasn’t enough to overcome the scoring of Kaitlyn Harrison for Alma to net the 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
During the second stanza, Dickau was joined by Felicia Knoerzer and Baylee Diefenbaugh in flexing the net to power the Lady Pirates to stay in contention, 27-20 at the halftime break.
During the third quarter, the Elwood shooters started denting the deficit with 12 points in the period to make it, 38-32 with just one period left in regulation.
Katie Kleine and Knoerzer hit nothing but nylon on a pair of treys to go along with the sharpshooting of Dickau and Diefenbaugh from the charity stripe to power the Lady Pirates past Alma, 43-42 in a thrilling contest.
Tiffany Dickau netted a team-high 18 points for the Lady Pirates.
Elwood sharpshooters Felicia Knoerzer and Katie Kleine both flexed the net for seven points apiece.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Alma 11 16 11 4 -42
Elwood 10 10 12 11 -43
Elwood: Tiffany Dickau 18, Felicia Knoerzer 7, Katie Kleine 7, Baylee Diefenbaugh 6, Taylor Hickey 5.
Hitting their strides and lighting up the scoreboard were the Redbirds of Alma and the host Elwood sharpshooters during a Thursday evening showdown on the hardwood. The Alma shooters were able to stay ‘In the Zone’ throughout the contest to earn the hard-fought, 67-49 win over the host Pirates.
Durign the first quarter of play, the dynamic duo of Aaron Clouse and Zacob Evans flexed the net for 12 of the Pirates 16 points to make the score 18-16 in favor of the Redbirds.
Alma continued to flex the net in the second quarter, but it was Clouse and Kallen Nickell leading the Pirates offensively. The Redbirds netted a 36-31 lead at the halfway break.
Cashing in on opportunities, Alma was able to extend their lead during the third quarter by surging for an 18-7 scoring run to give the Redbirds a 54-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The scoring efforts of Tyelon Hackbart and Aaron Clouse led the Elwood hoopsters during a comeback attempt during the final eight minutes of hoops action. The Pirates comeback attempt fell short and Alma netted the 67-49 victory.
Aaron Clouse led the Pirates scoring attack with a team-high 23 points.
Kallen Nickell and Zacob Evans contributed greatly with nine and seven points, respectively.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Alma 18 18 18 13 -67
Elwood 16 15 7 11 -49
Elwood: Aaron Clouse 23, Kallen Nickell 9, Zacob Evans 7, Tyelon Hackbart 5, Cody Gutierrez 3, Timmy Smith 2.