SPRING VALLEY, WI - The holiday break wasn’t as kind to the Cardinals, but the return to the regular season (and more importantly the conference schedule) has been better.

Valley lost a pair of games over the break to Cuba City and Richland Center in Cuba City, which is home to the winningest basketball coach in the state, but rebounded with a hard-fought win over Elk Mound to remain unbeaten in conference play last week.

Cuba City 70, Spring Valley 49
While the score might seem a little more lopsided, the Cardinals battled against the Cubans pretty well on their cozy floor.

Cuba City forged a 34-24 halftime lead and did much of the same in the second half, making more shots, 23-of-49 for 47% from the floor, but also fewer mistakes. The Cubans committed just nine turnovers in the game, compared to 20 for the Cardinals. CC shot 50% from behind the arc, making 7-of-14 shots, as well as 13-of-20 from the free throw line (65%). Brady Olson led the Cubans with 32 points.

Senior Dylan Bosshart led the Cardinals with 17 points while juniors Aaron Borgerding and Trevor Stangle each had 12 in the losing effort.  The Cardinals shot 44% from the field (19-of-43) including 7-of-15 from three-point range (47%).

Richland Center 55, Spring Valley 47
The Cardinals struggled with fouls in this game, falling behind 31-18 in the first half. The second half was better, but Valley could not overcome the deficit they put themselves into.

The Cardinals were led by Borgerding with 11 points and Bosshart with 10. As a team, Valley shot 35% from the floor (17-of-48), including 6-of-19 from three-point range (32%).

Richland Center was led by Jacob Schauf with 18 points. Keon Miller and Wes Keller had 10 points each as well. They shot a much more efficient 45% from the floor (19-of-42). The biggest difference was at the free throw line, where RC went 12-of-25 (48%), while the Cardinals were just 7-of-14 (50%).

Valley cut down on their turnovers from the previous game, committing just 11 errors.

SV 57, Elk Mound 48 OT
The Cardinals needed an extra five minute session to get this win, despite forging an early 21-12 halftime lead in dominant fashion in the first half.

The Mounders came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and Valley was cold. The nine-point margin quickly evaporated, and Valley found themselves trailing late in the game. It took some heroic efforts by the Cardinals to force the overtime, including a three-pointer by Bosshart and a layup with just seconds left by Borgerding to tie the game in regulation at 46 points each.

The overtime session was all Cardinals as they outscored Elk Mound 11-2 and held the ball for almost two minutes in the overtime session running their motion offense with a lead with precision.

Bosshart led the Cardinals with 17 points, followed by Borgerding with 15 and Lance McMurrin with 10 points. Valley made 18-of-47 shots from the floor (38%), including 5-of-15 from three-point range. The Cardinals also shot 80% from the free throw line, sinking 16-of-20.

Marcus Kinblom had 22 points for the Mounders to lead all scorers. Elk Mound shot 33% from the field, including just 3-of-23 from three-point range (13%).

The win keeps the Cardinals in sole possession of first place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with a 4-0 record, 6-4 overall on the season.

The Cardinals will be packing their bags for some travel for the next few games. Valley goes to Elmwood to play Elmwood-Plum City tonight, then to Ellsworth and Boyceville next Monday and Tuesday respectively.