PLUM CITY, WI - If you haven’t come out to watch the Spring Valley boys’ basketball team play, you might want to get there tomorrow night as they open play against the winner of the Plum City/Elmwood versus Boyceville game from last Tuesday.
Not only is it high school basketball playoffs, but you may get a chance to witness some history as three senior players are nearing scoring milestones that can be reached in the next game.
But this is an exciting team to watch. Over the course of the season there have been six different leading scorers in the games, meaning any one player can be the one to score any night.
Last Thursday night the Cardinals closed out their 2016-17 regular season campaign with a hard-fought 78-52 conference win. The victory clinched second place in the D-SC, just one game behind Elk Mound. The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 12-2 conference mark, 17-5 overall record.
The Cardinals got a consistent game from the entire team in the win, up and down the bench. Valley jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead on PC/E and forged a lead through the first eight minutes of the half to the tune of 18-6.
The Wolves went on a run to cut the lead down to 18-13 when Head Coach Rob Bosshart called a time-out to regroup his team with eight minutes left.
“I think we lost our focus for a few minutes there,”Bosshart said. “We let them back into it and that just isn’t acceptable if we want to win.”
From that point forward the Cardinals controlled the game though. Valley outscored PC/E 20-2 the rest of the first half to go into the locker room with a commanding 38-15 lead.
The second half was much of the same. The Cardinals didn’t add a whole lot more distance between themselves and the Wolves, just maintained that same lead.
Senior Sean Borgerding paced the Cardinals with a great shooting night, making 10-of-14 shots from the field for 26 points.
“Sean played well, but so did the whole team,” Bosshart said. “We really got a good team effort from everyone.”
Senior Patrick Cipriano chipped in another 12 points and freshman Aaron Borgerding had 11. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Wolves 47-35. Ben Glaus and Luke Baier had 14 and 12 points each in the losing effort for the Wolves.
The Cardinals are prepping for another rematch with the Wolves at home on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. PC/E defeated Boyceville this past Tuesday to gain a rematch with the Cardinals in round two of the WIAA tournament. The winner between the Cardinals and Wolves will play against the winner of the Regis vs. Fall Creek winner, also played on Friday night, on Saturday. Fall Creek was the #11 seed. If the Cardinals win, the game will be in Spring Valley on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.