The 5th Grade Junior Cardinal basketball team ventured to Wayne City Sunday morning to take part in the 5th Grade Wayne City Tournament. This tournament would be the final chapter of the 5th grade season. The first opponent of the tourney for the Junior Cardinals would be that of the Woodlawn Cardinals.
With emotions and excitement running high due to hopes of reaching the championship game in the tourney it was not wonder that this game got off to an exciting start as both teams would trade baskets during the first six minutes of play. This balanced play in the first quarter would find the score in a 6-6 tie when the buzzer sounded. The action remained steady on both ends of the court throughout the second quarter as well but the defense picked up for both teams and only allowed four points for both teams. This balanced play found the score knotted at 10 as they headed to the locker room at halftime.
Following intermission, play picked up for both teams on the offensive end but just like the two prior frames, neither team could gather enough momentum to pull away. This balanced intensity would once again find both teams playing even throughout the third quarter as each added seven more points to their total. This would find the score at 17-all as they headed to the fourth and final stanza. This final stanza of play would remain balanced but the final determining factor would come at the free throw line, and the Woodlawn Cardinals would manage to hold off the Junior Cardinals to claim the 23-19 victory.
Max Riggs led the Jr. Cardinal scoring with eight points followed by Javan Garrett with three points, Connor Graves three points, Caden Sexton two points, Owen Russell two points, and Wyatt Wells one point.
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