Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Lindsey, Dana, Golf and Lacrosse -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple
DUVALL, BULLITT EAST ADVANCE IN DISTRICT
Bullitt East senior and future Louisville Cardinal women's basketball player Lindsey Duvall had ten first half points and a couple of threes in the Chargers 72-23 win over Jeffersontown in 24th. District action Tuesday night in Mt. Washington.
The Chargers vs. Chargers match-up belonged to the Mt. Washington version from the start...Bullitt East pulling out to a 26-11 first period advantage and holding a 45-18 lead at the half. Duvall was impressive in the limited minutes she had in the romp...Coach Chris Stallings went to the reserves with 4:23 left in the second period and for most of the second half and the game had a continuous clock for most of the final 16 minutes.
Bullitt East led 56-21 after three and kept the defensive pressure rolling in the final period. J-Town was limited to just five second half points and Stallings "played them all" in the 49-point win.
Bullitt East will face Mercy Academy Thursday night for the district title and advance to the Sixth Region Tournament. The Jaguars disposed of Fern Creek in the second game at Bullitt East 98-74. With their first post-regular season test successfully completed, the Chargers now look ahead to a game against an opponent that they must successfully rebound against and play aggressive defense for 32 minutes. The Chargers won the regular season contest 70-66.
I had the chance to attend the game and had a great time! The fun and down-home feel of high school hoops is one that makes you realize that it's all about the school, the kids and the game. From the booster club grilling burgers and rib-eye steaks in the parking lot, the 50//50 raffle in the stands...the pep band in the southeast corner of the wooden bleachers and friendly people greeting you like your some sort of celebrity or something...my two hours in Mt. Washington made me remember why I got into this website to begin with. The joy and excitement of athletics. Hometown fans cheering for kids they watched grow up, go to church with and see at the local grocery or department store.
The "wise-guys" sitting on the edge of the stage. The referees thanking the little girls and fans who retrieve the out-of-bounds balls. Doing post-game interviews in the locker-room hallway to escape the frenetic back-ground noise of the fans in the bleachers getting pumped up for the next contest. Walking over to the scorer's table at halftime to get stats out of the official score-book. Thinking back to memories of many years ago when I ran the hardwood and battled those boards.
I do love it so.
I was able to get a fan's perspective on the game, Lindsey Duvall and Louisville sports from Karen Walsh....who was there to watch the Mercy Academy game as well (her daughter plays for Mercy) and she graciously shared a couple of stories with me. Hear the audio below:
PAULIE CHATS UP BASKETBALL FAN KAREN WALSH
I also caught up with Coach Stallings and Lindsey after the game and conducted a post-game interview with both. That link is below:
CHRIS STALLINGS AND LINDSEY DUVALL INTERVIEW
Heartfelt and extended thanks to the fine folks at Bullitt East who made my visit very enjoyable. Best of luck to Lindsey and her squad as they look to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and beyond.
And, the rib-eye sandwich I bought as leaving was delicious and gone by the time I reached Fern Creek.
Should have got two...
DANA EVANS ONE OF FIVE NAISMITH FINALIST
One of the questions I meant to ask (but forgot) of Lindsey Duvall was her impressions on fellow 2017 Louisville commit Dana Evans being selected one of the five finalists for the Naismith High School Girls Trophy. The winner will be announced in early March.
The 5'9" point guard from West Side High School, Gary, IN has some very impressive company on that list with her. The other four:
Rellah Boothe F (Texas commit)
Anastasia Hayes PG (Tennessee commit)
Megan Walker W (Connecticut commit)
Evina Westbrook G (Tennessee commit)
Best of luck to Dana as that decision day draws near...
WOMEN'S GOLF TAKES THIRD IN CENTRAL DISTRICT INVITATIONAL
In their first spring meet of 2017, Louisville women's golf finished third in the Central District Invitational in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Freshman Lauren Hartlage ended up fourth in the scoring for Louisville. The Cards finished behind Furman and Memphis in the tournament. Molly Skapik tied for 12th and Louise Oxner tied for 14th.
The Cards head to the Hurricane Invitational next at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables. Let's hope the name of the event doesn't mirror the weather they have to play in...
LACROSSE HOSTS VANDY TODAY
3 p.m. is the start time for Louisville Lacrosse's match against Vanderbilt today at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium. The Cards (3-1) enter the event after a 11-10 triple overtime loss to Denver over the weekend.
Vandy (1-0) took their season opener over Kennesaw State 17-5.
Louisville leads the series 5-2...the Cards won last year in Nashville 15-5. Meghan Siverson leads Louisville with 16 goals and McKayla Conti has found the net 12 times this season. Hannah Koloski, the speed merchant from Lakeville, MN has 11 goals for the Cards.
It's a beautiful day to be outside and excellent chance to watch a little Lacrosse. These two have built up a bit of a rivalry over the last couple years...so come on out and catch the contest.
We talked about it on Paulie on Howie Lindsey's LOUISVILLE FIRST 2-21-17