Cards fall short against A-P

GHV's Nick Joynt scores on a drive to the basket during the Cards 65-60 loss To Aplington Parkersburg. The Cards end the season one win short of a State Tournament berth with a 20-5 record.

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GHV's Ryan Meyers drives to the basket during the Cards 65-60 loss to Aplington-Parkersburg. The Cards finished the season with a 20-5 record, one win short of a return berth to the State Tournament.

            GHV boys’ basketball coach Joe Albertson knew his team would be facing the biggest challenge of the season in last week’s substate final against Aplington-Parkersburg. The Falcons entered the game as the fifth-rated team in Class 2A after recording 22 wins on the season, most of them by large margins. The Cards would need an almost-perfect performance in order to earn a repeat trip to the state basketball tournament. Unfortunately that did not occur.

            “A-P posed a few problems for us,” noted Albertson. “They extend their half court defense and also pick you up full court aggressively. On offense they have a great post player, good spot shooters, and a talented 6’6” point guard.”

            GHV got off to a slow start, coming away empty on their first four possessions of the game. In spite of falling behind 5 – 0 over the first two minutes of play, the Cards found the basket through the final four minutes of the opening period only to see A-P go on a scoring run and pull ahead 19-11 heading into the second quarter. Aplington had GHV on the ropes for most of the second period, pushing their lead to 16 points before heading to the locker room with a 36 – 2 lead at intermission.

Read the complete story in the March 7 Leader.