A year ago, the Chrisman Cardinals went as far as Sarah Dixon and Skylar Buckley could carry them.

And opposing teams knew it.

Those same teams are finding out that Dixon and Buckley can still score this year, but so can about four or five other girls on the Chrisman roster.

“We have been playing very well this season,’’ said Dixon, who scored 28 points in Chrisman victories over Villa Grove, 45-29, and Heritage, 50-39, in the first day of the Casey’s Cardinals Classic. “The freshmen have come in and helped us out a lot.’’

The Cardinals (11-7) extended their win streak to five straight and Chrisman, along with Shiloh, are the only teams with an 2-0 record after the first day of games in the first-year tournament.

“It’s a lot better than traveling far away to play,’’ Dixon said of being at home for a holiday tournament. “We’re a little tired after playing two games in one day, but we were still able to play hard in this game.

“It’s good to be 2-0 at this point, but we have to keep our concentration as we still have games left with Atwood-Hammond and Shiloh.’’

While Dixon was the leading scorer in both games for the Cardinals, she wasn’t her team’s only scorer.

In the win over Villa Grove, Chrisman had five players with six or more points, and the Cardinals followed that up with five players scoring eight or more in the win over Heritage.

“That’s when we are playing our best,’’ Chrisman coach Dave Chandler said. “We have seven girls that can score at least six points a game.

“For us to be at our best, we need to have that balance.’’

Chandler said that Dixon and Buckley are not shooting as much this year, but according to Dixon that is a good thing.

“If Skylar or I have an off game, we know that one of our teammates is going to be there to pick it up for us,’’ she said. “A year ago, it was really hard for us to get open in the low post because teams would just pack it in against us.

“Our guards can really shoot the ball from the outside, and since we have more options, the defense has to spread out more.’’

Providing that perimeter attack for the Cardinals are four freshmen (Brooke Wolfe, Jocelyn Kindred, Mary McKee and Shelby Porter) along with a sophomore Codi Lock.

“Codi is a sophomore, she went through it last year and she just keeps improving,’’ Chandler said. “The others are freshmen, who I coached last year as eighth-graders. It’s a blessing that I had them last year. Because I knew what they could do and they knew what I expected from them. We were able to jump right into the season with them.

“The freshmen make us more athletic, so we are able to do more things. It helps Sarah and Skylar because they don’t have shoulder the entire load, but they need to score.’’

The eight-team tournament continues today with four games in the two gyms starting at 6 p.m. and it will conclude on Friday.

Shiloh 57

Oakwood 47

Amy Martin had a game-high 20 points in a losing cause for the Comets.

The Lady Raiders had three players in double figures led by Emily Joines with 19 including 10 in the fourth quarter. Other players in double digits for Shiloh were Danielle Brown with 15 and Erin Downey tossed in 14.

Stephanie Denius scored in double figures for Oakwood with 13.

Oakwood 48

Atwood-Hammond 37

The Lady Comets jumped out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter and cruised to victory over the Rajenes.

Martin had her second consecutive 20 point game for Oakwood, while Stephanie Denius added 10.

Atwood-Hammond, which fell to 0-2 in the tournament, didn’t have a player in double figures as Brooke Bryson and Shelby Helfrich shared team-high honors with nine each.

Geo-RF 34

Atwood-Hammond 18

Clarissa Hall scored 11 of her game-high 15 points in the first half to lead the Lady Buffaloes to a win in the opening game of the day.

Atwood-Hammond was held to five points in the first quarter, two in the second, four in the third and seven in the fourth.

Shiloh 49

Geo-RF 39

A bad third quarter was a contributing factor in the Lady Buffaloes just missing a 2-0 record on the first day of the tournament.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm led Shiloh 27-25 at halftime, but the Lady Raiders enjoyed a 10-2 advantage in the third and they made 9-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

Hall scored a team-high 14 points for the Buffaloes, while Danielle Dill made four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points.

Shiloh, which did finish the first day 2-0, was led by center Erin Downey with 19 points, including 11 in the second half.

Heritage 53

A-P 35

Heather Luth and Brittney McClellan combined for 27 points to lead the Hawks past the Lady Trojans.

Nicki Rosenberger led Armstrong-Potomac with 10 points, while Bailey Herron added nine.

Villa Grove 46

A-P 27

The Lady Trojans fell to 0-2 in the tournament with a loss to the Blue Devils.

Brittany Simpson scored a game-high 17 for Villa Grove, which also got 11 points from both Rebecca Carmack and Rae Ann Stahler.

Rosenberger was the leader scorer for the Armstrong-Potomac with eight followed by Bailey Herron’s seven and Jamie Vela with six.