CARDINGTON, Ohio -- While our first “trip” to Cardington wasn't quite how we imagined, the 270 Girls Hoops team was thrilled to be able to cover the Pirates against the Highland Scots on Wednesday night. While there are definitely downfalls to sports due to COVID-19, live-stream has allowed us to reach rural schools we wouldn't normally see!
It took the teams a couple of minutes to warm up, it became clear very quickly that Cardington was in charge. Their tenacious defense, led by point guard Mikayla Linkous, was too much for the Scots to handle causing lots of turnovers.
The Pirates maintained a lead for the entire game, leading 16-2 at the end of one, 26-9 at halftime, 42-18 at the end of three and a final score of 49-29. While the Scots struggled offensively, things really picked up for the Pirates in the third quarter on the backs of a couple three pointers by Karsyn and Kambry Edwards.
The Pirates featured a balanced scoring attack with Linkous leading with 11 followed by Karsyn Edwards with nine and Beth Hardwick with eight.
Let’s take a look at a couple of players to watch.
Mikayla Linkous (PG / Cardington / 2022) - Linkous was the most consistent player for the Pirates, constantly bringing energy on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. She handles the ball smoothly when pressured but her biggest strength is finishing through contact in transition. Her never-ending ball pressure led to easy fast breaks for Cardington. Linkous will be a big determining factor in Cardington's chase for a fourth-straight KMAC title, with Wednesday's win being the Pirates' 43rd-straight in league play. Through four years, Cardington has not lost a game in the KMAC's existence and primetime players like Linkous are a big reason for why that streak is still alive.
Emma West (P / Highland / 2022) - West is a true post player that has the ability to dominate inside. She was consistently drawing 2-3 defenders down low throughout the game. Emma rebounds well on both ends of the floor and runs well in transition. She shoots a decent percentage outside of the paint but mainly lives down low.