Local Sports Journal

Orchard View opened up its season with a hot hand against host Montague on Tuesday night and downed the Wildcats 51-24.

The Cardinals jumped to a 13-5 first-quarter lead and led 27-12 at halftime.

“Probably not going to run into a more athletic team than OV,” said first-year Montague coach Bill Stone. “They played an aggressive man-to-man defense and were on us all the time.”

OV’s defense forced 27 Montague turnovers, most coming off steals.

On the offensive end, OV shot better than 50 percent from the floor.  Precious Anderson drained three 3-pointers as the Cardinals made six as a team.

The Cardinals were led by sophomore Jayshonna Blackshire with 11 points, Daejia Hill added 10 points while Anderson finished with nine points and Dymiah Tucker chipped in eight.

Madison Aebig paced Montague with six points. Elyse Taylor had nine rebounds and four points while Hailey Cockerill had four steals, two assists and three points.