SPRING VALLEY, WI - The 2016-17 girls’ basketball season came to an end last Saturday night in Durand, but not before the Cardinals exacted some revenge on Plum City/Elmwood in the WIAA opener earlier in the week.
Durand is one of the best teams on the west-side of the state and used their vaunted press to limit the Cardinals opportunities and scoring chances, while using fast breaks to score quickly in the win.
Durand 63, Spring Valley 20
The Cardinals struggled getting any momentum going in this game as Durand kept the Cardinals scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game, forging a 16-0 lead before the Cardinals could manage a bucket from freshman Lexi Johansen.
The Panthers kept their foot on the neck of the Cardinals to the tune of a 38-13 halftime margin. The second half wasn’t much better as Durand outscored the Cardinals 25-7.
Emily Annis and Shae Baier led the Panthers with 16 and 12 points each respectively for the Panthers in the win. The Cardinals were led by senior Ally Lee with six points.
Spring Valley 46, PC/E 31
This was definitely a game of two very different halves, this time to the favor of the Cardinals.
In both games during the regular season, the Wolves outplayed the Cardinals in the second half, winning easily in both games.
This time the Cardinals turned the tables and shut down the Wolves in the second half.
The two teams battled to a 22-22 tie at halftime, but Valley held PC/E without a field goal in the second half, outscoring the Wolves 24-9 down the stretch.
Freshmen Lexi Johansen and Sandy Bune led the Cardinals with 16 points each for the winners, establishing themselves as key players for the future.
“We played really well at times and we need to build on that solid team play to make our program successful,” Hoolihan said. “We got a great team game from up and down the bench on Tuesday against PC/E. It’s good to see those spurts of great play, but we need to get it to be what is expected, not a surprise. That just comes with working together as a team in the off-season and in season too.”
The Cardinals finished the season with an 8-16 record overall and good foundation to build upon for first year head coach Sean Hoolihan.