SPRING VALLEY, WI - Teamwork has been a calling card of Rob Bosshart’s tenure as the head coach of the boys’ program in Spring Valley over his years of coaching, and this year that concept has been embraced wholeheartedly by his squad.

That has been clearly evident in not only their wins, but their losses as well. The Cardinals have an opportunity to finish the season in second place this year, but it will take a concerted team effort by the Cardinals tonight at Glenwood City. The Hilltoppers are coming off a big win over Elk Mound last week. Spring Valley holds an 11-2 conference record, just behind Colfax at 12-1. The Cardinals are 13-6 overall on the season, giving them a number 5 seed in the Regional matchups for the WIAA tournament. That seed gives the Cardinals a home game next Tuesday against Cadott (the #12 seed). The Hornets have a 3-17 overall record and finished in last place in the Cloverbelt West conference with an 0-14 record. The game will be at 7:00 in Spring Valley on Tuesday, February 26. If the Cardinals win, they would play at fourth seeded Melrose-Mondoro on Friday, March 1.

Spring Valley 47, E-PC 22 - The Cardinals won easily by playing their game, which consisted of methodical offense with good solid passing and patience, and suffocating, team defense that focuses on taking away opportunities for the opponents.

Valley forged a 25-10 halftime lead and kept their foot on the gas in the second half as well, closing down the passing and scoring lanes for the Wolves while keeping the pressure on.

The Cardinals held E-PC to just 27% shooting from the floor (9-of-40), which included 0-for-11 from three point range. Valley made 41% of their shots from the floor (20-of-49), including going 8-for-20 from behind the arc.

The Cardinals were led by junior Aaron Borgerding with 16 points and eight rebounds, but in true Bosshart coaching fashion, the team was probably more excited about the two charging calls he drew. Senior Dylan Bosshart and junior Trevor Stangl also chipped in 12 points each towards the win as well.

Nick Forester led the Wolves with six points in the losing effort.

Spring Valley 66, Boyceville 45 - It was another big night for Borgerding, the junior led all scorers with 30 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, making 11-of-18 shots from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the game. Boyceville just could not stop the junior guard. Stangl chipped in 12 points and Bosshart had 10 to help the cause as well.

Valley forged a 25-18 halftime lead and just kept on going in the second half. The team shot 48% from the floor (25-of-52), including 9-of-24 from three point range (38%). Valley had just eight turnovers in the game and pulled down 32 rebounds while dishing out 19 assists.

Boyceville was led by seniors Brendan Sempf and Jaden Reisimer with 13 points each in the game. Boyceville made 44% of their shots from the floor (17-of-39), including 7-of-15 from three point range. The Bulldogs committed 16 turnovers and had 24 rebounds in the game.

The Cardinals wrap up their regular season tonight at Glenwood City, a team that gave them trouble the first time around. The Hilltoppers pushed the Cardinals to double-overtime before Valley prevailed 60-57. It is the final home game of the season for a team with a few seniors that have nothing to lose and are looking to go into the WIAA playoffs on a winning note. But, so are the Cardinals.