The Lewiston-Altura Cardinals ramped up the defense Tuesday night at Lewiston-Alutra High School, forcing many turnovers and making it tough for the Rushford-Peterson Trojans. The Cardinals were able to come away with a 67-23 win in Three Rivers Conference play.

The game started out tied at 2, but the Cardinals opened that up in a hurry, going on a 19-0 run early in the first half. Lewiston-Altura was locked in a trap defense, and did a great job of tipping basketballs and diving for loose balls on the floor. The Trojans answered with a 7-0 run of their own to make it 21-9, but the Cardinals came right back and took a commanding 41-13 lead at the break.

Myia Ruzek was phenomenal for the Cardinals, pouring in 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds unofficially. She was great offensively, but the squad as a whole was even better defensively.

Every time the Trojans got any open space on the court, the Cardinals took it away. Plenty of turnovers aided the Cardinals in transition, which is where they got most of their buckets.

The Trojans wanted to get the ball into the high post to Lauren Lawtson, who played great. She finished with 10 points and was the motor of the Rushford-Peterson offense. Alexa Ellinghuysen finished with 13 points to aid the Cardinal offense.

The 2nd half saw much of the same, the Cardinals executing defensively and turning it into offense, getting the win 67-23.

KVGO Subway Player of the Game (Rushford-Peterson) - Laren Lawtson

KVGO Subway Player of the Game (Lewiston-Altura) - Myia Ruzek

Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball (Lewiston-Altura) - Alexa Ellinghuysen