The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 13, 2014

Ashford has the strategy, not the firepower


“They are better than us, and I think trying to run with them it would have been a major blowout right away.”

Ashford pestered the Cougars with determined defense that kept it in the game until Brooke Ridley got to work from in close. Ridley had 12 first-half points and seven rebounds to give the Cougars the nine-point cushion at the break.

“There are teams that have already lost and (are) going home, so you just have to find a way to win. That is the big thing,” said Andrews, whose team shot 9-of-22 in the second half. “We got the lead early, and if we would have gotten behind early we maybe could have got a little nervous.”

Ashford opened the second half with a chance to cut into the lead with a pair of free throws, but Madison Wagner missed both attempts. That seemed to be enough of a spark for St. Francis to pull away.

“I think that tightened us up a little bit instead of being a little closer,” Kruger said. “Then they made that run and it got to be 15 right away. If only we could have made a few hoops earlier and kept it a little closer the first half.”

The Cougars went up 39-25 with just more than 10 minutes to go. Skylarr Shurn led the Cougars with 17 points, Ridley added 16 and 10 rebounds, and Jennelle Wilson pitched in with 10.

Ashford was led by Nardi’s 14 points as the Saints wore down during the second half.


ASHFORD (12-21) — Elizabeth Nardi 7-13 0-2 14, Janell Anthony 1-2 0-0 2, Sarah Vozel 2-4 0-0 4, Jessica Mlachnik 2-9 3-4 7, Madison Wagner 1-6 1-2 3, Jennifer Forge 0-1 0-0 0, Griffin Reed 0-1 0-0 0, Briaunna Guthrie 0-2 0-0 0, Courtney Panus 0-0 0-0 0, Genevieve Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Quinn Rear 1-9 0-2 3, Lorielle Little 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-50 4-10 37.

ST. FRANCIS (34-0) — Brooke Ridley 6-10 4-7 16, Kalah Baer 2-5 0-0 4, Skylarr Shurn 7-11 3-4 17, Jennelle Wilson 4-9 1-1 10, Paige Frisch 1-2 0-0 3, Quila Jackson 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Mallory Hester 0-0 1-2 1, Bri Rinehart 0-1 0-0 0, Emily Montgomery 0-3 0-0 0, Whitney Neal 0-0 0-0 0, Jackie Dixie 0-0 0-2 0, Kaleigh Hensley 0-0 0-2 0, Jessica Harrison 0-3 4-4 4. Totals 21-46 13-22 57.

Halftime — St. Francis 31, Ashford 20. 3-point goals — Ashford 1-10 (Mlachnik 0-2, Guthrie 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Rear 1-5), St. Francis 2-9 (Wilson 1-5, Frisch 1-2, Rinehart 0-1, Montgomery 0-1). Rebounds — Ashford 29 (Two with 5), St. Francis 41 (Ridley 10). Assists — Ashford 7 (Vozel 3), St. Francis 6 (Wilson 3). Turnovers — Ashford 13, St. Francis 13. Total fouls — Ashford 16, St. Francis 10. Fouled out — None.

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