The Lady Cardinals Softball team lost their second game to Miller 14-4 last night. This follows a 19-4 loss against Cabool last Friday.
Coach Anthony Caruso is optimistic about the season, despite the early losses, noting that these are much bigger schools with more established programs. He was happy with the girls’ effort overall. He said, “The score doesn’t show how close of a game it was. We went into the fifth down 9-4 with a chance to break the game open. The ball just didn’t do what it needed to sometimes.”
Their next game and first home game is next Tuesday, April 7, against Sparta.
Chadwick overcame a slow start to down Bunker 67-53 in Sectionals Tuesday night in Cabool, leaving the Lady Cardinals just one win away from a school-record third consecutive Final Four trip.
“It’s really exciting,” said Chadwick senior Kailyn Rozell. “As soon as we got in the locker room we were all saying that we are just one game away and we can do this. We are really pumped, we know we can do it, we just need to work hard and keep doing what we’re doing.”
Chadwick’s two seniors, Kailyn Rozell and Hailey Stevens, will never know what it’s like to have their high school basketball season end before March.
The duo, and Chadwick, will play post-February basketball once again. Chadwick won its fourth straight district title Friday night, defeating Bradleyville 62-52 in the Class 1, District 4 finals at Ozark High School.
Stevens led the way with a game-high 29 points and some big plays down the stretch.
With the game tied 47-47 after a Rozell layup, Stevens would drill a 3-pointer that gave Chadwick a 50-47 lead with about four minutes remaining.
She made a runner on Chadwick’s next possession to give the Cardinals a 52-47 lead they would not relinquish.
Chadwick made its free throws down the stretch to clinch the win, its third victory over Bradleyville this season.
Chadwick is headed to the Class 1 sectional round on March 3 in Cabool, where they will face a familiar opponent. The Cardinals go up against Bunker, a team it’s beaten in the sectional round the past two seasons.
Although it was yet another heroic effort by New Covenant (12-14) standout senior Casy Askins, the Chadwick Lady Cardinals (17-8) had just enough in the tank to overcome the No. 5 seeded Lady Warriors, 66-61, on Wednesday.
Neutralizing a 41-point outburst from Askins was the clutch Chadwick duo of senior Kailyn Rozell and sophomore Shelby Weter.
Rozell notched a team-high 26 points in the Class 1, District 4 semifinal victory for her top-seeded Lady Cardinals.
“She pretty much does everything,” Chadwick head coach David Argo said in regards to Rozell following the win. “[She goes] inside, outside and handles the ball. She demands a lot of attention off that.”
Weter, who is a 5-foot-6 forward and traditionally works in the paint, drained five 3-balls on the evening to help her accumulate 21 big points of her own. Continue Reading