Friday, March 22, 2013

Minnehaha Redhawks 91 Annandale Cardinals 79

The Minnehaha Redhawks roared out to a 32-6 lead over the Annandale Cardinals after 9 minutes of play, then coasted home to a 91-79 win. Minnehaha's defense came out flying, preventing Annandale from getting into its offense, and creating numerous turnovers for breakaway baskets including a dunk by Kaharri Carter at 16:03.

Annandale refused to folk and got within 10 at the half at 42-32. Later the Cardinals got within 47-40, but Jesse Johnson responded with a 3 and Carter with a 2 + 1 and a layup to make it 55-40, and Annandale never again got within 10.

But Annandale pushing the pace and making 7-of-15 3s in the 2nd half, Minnehaha too kept pushing the ball up court, but for them it was a layup drill. The Redhawks made 13-of-21 2-point shots in the 1st half, and then added 13-of-20 in the 2nd, with a few 3s of their own mixed in.

Annandale ended up winning the possession game, out-scoring Minnehaha 17-14 on 2nd chance points and 29-16 off turnovers. But their early turnovers had helped the Redhawks to their quick start and turnovers or not, Minnehaha was too efficient with its initial offense to let Annandale get back into the game.

Carter finished with 29 points and 8 boards for the Redhawks while Johnson added 23 and 3 assists. Brett Ahsenmacher led Annandale with 24 points.

Player of the Game: Kaharri Carter

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