The Melissa Lady Cardinals won the regional quarterfinal Tuesday night over Dallas Pinkston with a final score of 62-48, advancing to the regional semifinal round of the playoffs.
With this decisive playoff win, the Lady Cards have reached the UIL 4A Regional Basketball Tournament for the first time in Melissa High School history.
“We are honored and humbled to be representing the City of Melissa and our school in our first ever regional tournament.” – Coach Chris Oestreich
The Lady Cardinals jumped ahead early Tuesday evening and finished the first half with a 29-25 lead. A couple of quick baskets to open the second half put the Lady Cards in the driver’s seat, forcing Pinkston to call a time out with Melissa up by 10.
The margin stayed between 11 to 16 points the rest of the way. The Lady Cards closed it out by handling Pinkston’s pressure defense in the third and fourth quarters, ultimately pulling out a win.
Ashley Gideon led the way, scoring 21 points, followed by Mia Ellis with 13, Charley Lane with 12, and Sally Clemmons with nine.
“This year has been a tremendous learning experience for our kids. Those who follow us know we weren’t very good early in the year, but the girls kept working and as a staff we adjusted, and are now on a 10-game win streak going into Friday’s game. It is a testament to the kind of great kids we have!” – Coach Chris Oestreich
The Melissa Lady Cardinals play Canton in the regional semifinal this Friday, Feb. 22 at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Field House (Get Directions). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Click the link below to purchase tickets online in advance.
Those that can’t make it to the game on Friday are invited to listen to a live radio broadcast from the Melissa Cardinals Network. To listen live, visit www.melissaisd.org/mcnradio or download the Mixlr app and search for MCNRADIO.
Photography courtesy of Buzz Photos.
Maddie Coe, Community Relations