Cards end season at Area
The Lingleville Cardinals ended their 2019-2020 season in the Area Championships Friday, where they narrowly fell 89-87 to Richland Springs at May after rolling past Gordon 67-29 for the title of Bi-District Champions in Stephenville on Feb. 25.
“We finished the year 27-6 with a Bi-District championship win against Gordon,” said Lingleville Coach Steven Bailey. “We lost a very close and hard fought game against Richland Springs in the Area game. We were led all year by a great group of seniors.”
“Felipe Flores was our point guard and floor leader and was a bit like a Swiss army knife in the way that there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do,” Bailey continued. “[Flores] added almost 10 points per game and led the team in assists (4) and steals (3) and was trusted to protect the ball all year long.”
“Luke Miller was the force in the middle. He led the team in points (18), rebounds (12 per game) and almost three blocks per game. He truly was a mismatch nightmare for every team we played. In their last game as teammates, Flores scored 19 and Miller had 29 points respectively.”
“Jesus Lopez was another senior that showed up huge for us at big moments,” Bailey added. “He was willing to grab tough boards, guard the other teams best player, or whatever it took to help the team. And I can’t say enough great things about the last two seniors, Daniel Montoya Leyva and Julian Ortuno. All year, these guys were great teammates and worked really hard to help us get better in practice. They are truly loved and respected by all their teammates and coaches.”
“I am beyond happy with my first year at Lingleville,” Bailey offered. “We really learned how to be good teammates, overcome adversity and fight through tough stretches throughout the year.
Bailey said his players showed up every day ready to work.
“These Seniors will be missed greatly, but they have left behind a path for our younger guys and we really believe that this is just the beginning and that the best is yet to come,” he said. “We have a great group of young guys that look forward to competing and winning a lot of games here at Lingleville.”