PLUM CITY, WI - In their regular season finale the Cardinals were hoping to make a statement against a team they were facing in the first round of the WIAA tournament this past Tuesday.
Unfortunately, that plan didn’t go so well for the Cardinals as they struggled in a physical game containing the inside play of the Wolves.
The Cardinals and Wolves battled back and forth in the first half with PC/E forging a 20-17 lead on Spring Valley. Unfortunately, the second half completely belonged to the Plum City/Elmwood as they outscored the Cardinals 38-19 to give PC/E a 58-36 win.
Valley struggled containing the inside game of the Wolves, surrendering triple digit scoring from three post players in Lexi Diesing (14 points), Hannah Feuker (11) and Josalin Helmueller (10). The PC/E press also caused some headaches for the Cardinals as they committed 33 turnovers on the night; if they want to win they are going to need to do better than that.
Valley was led in scoring by seniors Sarah Kaveh and Katy Schreiber with eight points each. Junior Tessa Cipriano had seven before going out of the game with a sprained ankle.
The Cardinals made 33% of their shots from the floor (12-for-36) and pulled down 35 rebounds on the night and had 10 steals. PC/E shot 37% from the field on 21-of-57 shooting, pulled down 30 boards while garnering 15 steals and only turning the ball over 12 times.
The Cardinals and Wolves met again in Spring Valley this past Tuesday in the first round of the WIAA tournament with the Cardinals holding a higher seed, despite losing both games to the Wolves on the season. The winner of the game plays at Durand on Friday night.