ELDON — Spirits are high for the Cardinal High School girls basketball team.

You wouldn’t know by looking at the Comets’ record.

The Comets carried around the burden of a 2-19 team headed into Monday night’s postseason game with Moravia, but they can add another victory into the win column — and plenty of motivation to “keep it rolling”.

Cardinal moved on in its Class 1A Region 8 district semifinal in Eldon with a 56-47 win over the Mohawks. The Comets played at Moulton-Udell on Wednesday for the right to play in the district final.

The game was a rematch from last Tuesday night’s game on the same floor. A game in which Moravia won 41-38.

“What makes it easy for me is the next day after a loss, I come to practice and see the girls acting like they won the game,” said Cardinal coach Tony Fetter. “They inspire me. They still have a great attitude. They never give up.”

The Comets raced out to a 46-27 lead with six minutes left in the game after a Christina Goering 3-pointer. That was the biggest lead of the game for Cardinal, but Moravia wasn’t about to write the game off as a loss quite yet.

A 16-2 run by the Mohawks cut Cardinal’s lead to just 48-43 with 1:15 remaining. Moravia whittled down a 10-point halftime deficit last Tuesday against Cardinal to pull out the win.

“We started to see a lot of similarities to the last game. I said, ‘we’re not going to let this happen — I want to win,’” said Goering, who netted 11 points.

Fetter made sure his players understood the situation at hand and pulled back the reins to come out with a win as the Mohawk run transpired.

“We kind of lost our composure there for a little while. I told the girls they’re going to turn the heat up on us. When you do that, you have to step back and slow down, but we tried to rush and force the issue,” said Fetter.

Moravia’s Ashley Hobart led all scorers with 21 points after just six points in the first half.

Cardinal sophomore Katelyn Campbell propelled the Comets during their run to stretch the lead to 19 points. Her back-to-back buckets made it 38-25 with 1:16 left in the third period. Campbell talked about what’s left after Cardinal’s third win of the year, all of them coming in the past couple weeks.

“We just want to keep it rolling,” said Campbell.

Campbell led Cardinal in scoring with 13 points. Fellow sophomore Sarah Yeager netted 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Moravia’s season comes to close with a mark of 8-14.

“They played exceptionally well. Defensively-wise, they just took us out of our game. They’re a lot quicker team than we are. We’re big, but we’re young,” said Breon.

Cardinal’s roster is sprinkled with sophomores and juniors. A sign that the four wins the Comets have accumulated in the past two seasons should be a thing of the past.

“They are starting to believe in themselves and have more confidence. They’re having fun,” said Fetter.

Cardinal 56, Moravia 47

Morav 6 13 8 20 –47

Card 11 9 18 18 –56

MORAVIA (47) — Ashley Hobart 21, Kylie Ward 8, Kelsey Flattery 5, Rachel Gheer 5, Rachel Godby 4, Chelsey Wilson 2, Lea Johnson 2.

3-point goals — Hobart.

Rebounds — Johnson 9, Hobart 5, Godby 5.

Steals — Susin 2, Kauzlarich 2, Harshman.

Turnovers — 14.

Total fouls — 18.

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