Pisney surpasses 1,000 career points in win over New Hampton, No. 2 Cadets rip WSR


CRESCO - It took a few minutes for Cadet senior Shannon Pisney and the No. 2 Crestwood girls’ basketball team to get on track against New Hampton on Jan. 2, but once they did, there was no stopping them.
Pisney became the sixth player in Cadet girls’ basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points last Tuesday as she tallied a double-double with 20 points, including two three-pointers, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals during Crestwood’s 57-24 win over the Chickasaws. 
As of Jan. 2, Pisney is sixth in career points at Crestwood with 1,017. The top five scorers in school history include: 1. Katie Kosters 1,397; 2. Traci Ollendieck 1,214; 3. Heather Kapler 1,135; 4. Ashley Sickles 1,105; 5. Ashley Kovarik, 1018.
After the game, Pisney gave credit to her teammates for her success.
“I think it’s kind of crazy (to surpass 1,000 career points),” Pisney said. “I didn’t think I could do it. My teammates do an awesome job of getting me the ball and setting me up to get the points. As a team, we definitely feed off of each other. If I’m having a bad night shooting, I know that I can turn to my teammates and they will shoot the lights out.”
Head Coach Doug Sickles also gave kudos to Pisney after the win.
“Shannon getting 1,000 points is a tribute to her,” Sickles said. “She has been a dedicated player for as long as I’ve known her. Shannon also cares about the team first. 
“Her scoring 1000 points is quite an accomplishment considering she lost most of her sophomore year (because of an injury). Shannon will say her teammates helped her get there, but you can’t take anything away from her. She is an outstanding basketball player and person,” Sickles said.
Although the Cadets finished the game strong, both teams stumbled on offense early. Crestwood held a slim 5-2 lead with 2:59 left in the first period before taking a 9-2 edge into the second quarter.
Two buckets by Sharon Goodman and one by Pisney gave the Cadets a 15-2 lead midway through the second period. With under three minutes left in the quarter, Pisney converted a layup attempt to score her 1,001st career point and give the team a 20-6 lead. At halftime, the Cadets held a 22-8 advantage over the Chickasaws.
Crestwood opened the third period with a 14-3 run to take a 36-11 lead and put the game well out of reach. The Cadets pushed the lead to 45-16 going into the fourth before sailing to the win.
Coach Sickles said the Cadets were a little bit rusty after not playing a game since Dec. 21.
“We hadn’t played a game in 11 days, and I was a little restless about how we’d play after having that much time off,” Sickles said. “This group loves playing together, and they need to play together.
“During the first half, we needed to shake off the rust. Our offense didn’t play that well in the first half, but in the second half, we pushed the tempo and played better. We told the girls to run our offense and hit the open player. We wanted to push the ball more in the second half. When we run the ball in transition, the girls are comfortable in that environment,” Sickles said.
During the first half, the Cadets made only 10 of 28 field goals (36 percent), but in the second half, they connected on 13 of 21 shots (62 percent), including five of seven three-point attempts.
Ellie Friesen tallied 18 points, including three three-pointers, had five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Sharon Goodman recorded a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Kaylie Thomas had three points on one three-pointer and two rebounds. Brynn Bodermann had two points, four assists and three rebounds. Emily Friesen had three assists and four rebounds.
Score by quarters
CW   9   13   23   12 - 57
NH   2    6     8     8  - 24
Cadets 67, W-SR 40
Taking on Waverly-Shell Rock on the road on Jan. 5, the Cadets dominated the Go-Hawks during a 67-40 win.
The win improved Crestwood’s record to 11-0 and 5-0 in the Northeast Iowa Conference.
Crestwood took a 22-12 lead after one period, led 37-26 at halftime and pushed the lead to 53-32 after three periods. Cadet statistics were not available at press time, but will be listed next week.

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