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Cardinal girls back to even with win

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Fort Sumner's Shannon May, right, grabs a rebound in front of Corona's Faith Riley, Nov. 29, at Corona.

CORONA – Is it any less of an accomplishment when a varsity team beats a JV squad?

Photo by Todd Fuqua Corona's Aubrey Brandenberger, center, is surrounded by a trio of Fort Sumner defender, Nov. 29, at Corona.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Corona’s Aubrey Brandenberger, center, is surrounded by a trio of Fort Sumner defenders, Nov. 29, at Corona.

Not as far as Corona girls basketball coach Terri Racher is concerned.

“It was nice for our first home game to come out with a win,” Racher said.

Corona’s 43-28 win over the Fort Sumner JV, Nov. 29, was marked by a number of things. The Lady Cardinals (2-2) were missing a few players due to illness. They were without either of their point guards – Angelina Romero and Koelle Brandenberger – and thus the offense couldn’t get going right away.

In fact, no points at all were on the board until a shot by Aubrey Brandenberger finally went through the hoop about five minutes into the game.

“It hurts not to be able to move that ball from the point and get a play started,” Racher said. “I do expect both of them back, it was just a little illness. “I look forward to having them back on the floor.”

Now Corona has a little more than a week to prepare for their appearance in the Panther Invitational at Lake Arthur, starting Dec. 8, when they take on Artesia’s JV in the first round.

“It’s hard to speculate how we’ll do. We’ve had four games and never had every starter on the floor,” Racher said. “I’m anxious for this tournament to come around, and I hope the illnesses we faced early will be gone, and see what we can really do.”

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