No. 3 Lingleville (10-1) used a 19-2 third-quarter surge to thump Blanket 68-41 at BHS Friday.

Robert VanKranenburg scored 36 points for Lingleville and is averaging 30.2 over the last six games.

The Cardinas also picked up 14 points from defensive leader Ruperto Huerta, while Jaden Stoker scored nine, Hendrick Huisman five and Colbe Stoker four.

Lingleville struggled to get its press on track in the first half, especially with forward Bart VanKranenburg out of the lineup because of an illness.

"Our press a lot of times is what gets us going, but we struggled with that so we made some adjustments at halftime," said second-year Lingleville head coach Kade Eckert. "They must have worked because the third quarter was great."

Huerta was key to the third-quarter onslaught.

"Ruperto was huge in the third and really sparked us defensively," Eckert said. "It felt like he scored more than 14 points because he was all over the place."

The Cards turned a 36-28 edge at the break into a dominating 55-30 lead with the big third quarter, then eased up in the fourth.

Lingleville is looking forward to being tested in May's tournament following a brief break for the Christmas holiday. The Cardinals face De Leon at 12:45 p.m. and Early at 3:30 p.m. Friday, then meet Trent at 5:45 p.m. and host May at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lingleville girls also defeated Blanket Friday. Watch for a report in the Tuesday edition of the E-T and online at