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Cornell suffers opening jitters in week’s games

By Ginna Young

The basketball season is underway for the Cornell girls squad, with two away games already under their belts.

Dec. 1 vs. Boyceville non-conference (L 37-18)

Cornell started off their season on the road, going up against non-conference opponent Boyceville. Defense kept the game alive for the Chiefs, as the home team outscored them in the first and second halves.

The Chiefs couldn’t rally before time ran out and the game went to Boyceville, 37-18.

Senior Izzy Clark led the night, with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while fellow senior Alyssa Helland ended with 2 points.

Freshman Teryn Close added 5 rebounds throughout the night.

“We are a young team and learning how to work together as a team,” said coach Courtney Yanko. “We learned a lot from this game, with it being our first, and I believe we will grow a lot and continue to improve for the rest of the season.”

Dec. 3 vs. Flambeau conference (L 60-31)

Two days later, Cornell was back in action, this time, traveling the short distance to conference opponent Flambeau.

“We came out at the beginning of the game and struggled to play as a team, and Flambeau used that against us,” said Yanko.

The Chiefs were outscored in the first half, but with about two minutes left in the second half, Cornell started moving the ball on offense and working as a unit.

“…And, our game completely flipped for the better,” said Yanko. “The girls started putting up more shots and it showed, as we walked away with 30 points.”

Flambeau landed the victory, 61-30, handing Cornell their second loss of the season.

“However, we kept our heads held high, because we grew a lot from Tuesday night, at Boyceville, to tonight in Flambeau,” said Yanko.

Clark and Helland each chipped in with 6 points. Freshman Lauren Samardzich got on the board with 9 points, while had Close 2 points and 5 steals.

Junior Teaira Spaeth added 5 points and sophomore Michayla Turchen finished with 2 points.

“I am very excited to see where the rest of the season takes us,” said Yanko.