SPRINGER - It has been a long time since a Springer Cardinal basketball team has been in the state rankings, but it happened this week.
The Cardinals entered the OK Rankings yesterday rated No. 18 in Class B. And they played that way Tuesday night in their 86-44 victory over the Indians from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.
Springer (4-0), hit hard and fast right from the opening tip and led 30-11 after the first quarter. By intermission, the Cardinal lead had swelled to 55-17. After halftime, everyone on the bench saw plenty of playing time.
"It was probably back in the 1970s or so since a Springer team was ranked," Springer coach Robert Bradley said. "And it feels good for me and the players. The players are really excited to see their team name there on the rankings."
The Cardinal defense simply would not allow the Indians any ball movement before someone would step in with a steal. For the game, Springer picked up 28 thefts and forced OSD into 32 total miscues. Once the ball was picked, the Cardinal fast break was off and running.
Four players scored in double figures for Springer. Sophomores Tristan Rogers and Hunter Trusty led the way with 15 points each, and seniors Foster Trusty and Chase Satterwhite had 14 points each. Satterwhite had a double-double game with 12 rebounds as well.
After three quarters, the Cardinals were up 68-32, and Springer went on to out-score the Indians 18-12 in the fourth for the 42-point victory.
"Everyone got plenty of playing time tonight," Bradley said. "That always helps because we need everyone working on our game schemes. Right now we have ten players, and we are expecting five more to join us soon. So that should help with our depth."
Kevin Smith led the way for the Indians with 12 points, and Sean Sledd chipped in 10 points.
White leads Springer girls
SPRINGER - Springer's Audrey White led the way with 24 points, 16 rebounds, 8 steals and 3 assists as the Cardinals defeated the Indians for the Oklahoma School for the Deaf 51-18 Tuesday night at the Cardinal gym.
White and the other four starters jumped to a 15-0 lead after the first quarter and increased their advantage to 35-4 by intermission. But with the starters sitting much of the second half, it was clear that this would be a run-away in favor of the home team.
"This was one of those games that it was great to get a win and still let everyone get plenty of playing time," Springer coach Robert Bradley said. "We have some good things going right now with our girls team with Audrey and Brittany (White) both stepping up the way they have with their senior leadership.
Most of the Springer offense is centered around getting the ball into Audrey White in her post position. And she had few problems turning her opportunities into points.
Page 2 of 2 - "They are the two main cogs for us right now, and we're working to get everyone else involved around them. We're still learning, and we have a lot of youth. We don't have any juniors, and the other six girls are sophomores and freshmen. So we have plenty to learn at this point in the season."
Turnovers hurt the Indians big-time. OSD (0-1), turned the ball over 38 times with 21 of those coming from steals by the Cardinals. The Springer size came into play as the Cardinals enjoyed a 43-19 overall rebounding advantage and a 17-5 edge on the offensive glass.
Brittany White finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Springer, and Randi Putman chipped in six points.
Sassy Fields paced the Indians with 9 points.