SPRING VALLEY, WI – So far, the second half of the conference schedule has not been so kind to the Spring Valley boys’ basketball team. For the second game in a row, after four straight days off due to weather related closures, the boys’ team lost to another conference foe, Durand, 67-50.

The Panthers needed a strong shooting night to overcome the Cardinals, and that was exactly what they got. For the game, Durand shot 52% from the field, making 24-of-46 shots. They also took advantage of their time on the free throw line, connecting on 70% of their shots (14-of-20).

The two teams matched each other nearly shot-for-shot in the first half with Durand getting a steal and fastbreak layup at the buzzer to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room.

The Panthers went on a 14-3 run to open the second half, and stepped up their pressure defensively as well, forcing the Cardinals into uncharacteristic turnovers. Down the stretch, Valley was forced to foul the Panthers to try to mount a comeback, but Durand had already put the game too far out of reach for the Cardinals to mount a rally.

Junior Aaron Borgerding led the Cardinals with 18 points, Trevor Stangl chipped in another 15 and Dylan Bosshart had 13 in the losing effort. The Cardinals had a good shooting night as well, just not as good as Durand. Valley made, 40% from the field (19-of-48), but the biggest difference was going just 1-of-2 from the free throw line in the game. 

Riley Radle led all scorers with 23 points for the Panthers. Fletcher Weiss added another 20 points to help the cause.

The loss drops the Cardinals to 9-6 overall on the season and 7-2 in conference play, dropping them into second place behind Colfax and ahead of Durand.

Valley plays at Elk Mound tonight and will host Mondovi on Saturday and E/PC on Tuesday night. Boyceville comes to town the following Friday and Valley wraps up the regular season on Tuesday, February 21.