CLEAR LAKE, WI - Ball security is something key to gaining victories in most sports, most importantly in basketball.

When teams turn the ball over a lot, they tend to have an incredibly uphill battle to get a win. Some teams can overcome those mental errors that cause turnovers by getting a lot of steals, shooting incredibly well, playing excellent defense. The Spring Valley basketball team struggled all the way around against Clear Lake here last week, something they will need to improve on to get some wins this year.

The Warriors beat Valley 62-38 last week by taking advantage of the Cardinals turnovers. Valley had 27 turnovers in the game, compared to just 12 for Clear Lake.

The Cardinals fell behind 37-16 at halftime, but continued to fight throughout the game.

Junior Sandy Bune led the Cardinals in the loss with 16 points and nine rebounds, both team highs. She was 2-for-3 shooting from three point range as well.

Unfortunately, beyond junior Lexi Johansen, there wasn’t much support. Johansen had eight points and four rebounds in the game. Six other players combined to score the other 14 points in the game.

Clear Lake made 25-of-57 field goals (44%) from the floor. The Cardinals made 36% of their shots from the field (14-of-39). Clear Lake also had just 12 turnovers and 15 steals, compared to just two steals for Valley.

Julianna Rosen led the Warriors with 18 points and Maggie Rosen chipped in another 14 points to help the cause.

“They played a very good game, very disciplined,” said Head Coach Sean Hoolihan of Clear Lake. “We still have a lot of things we need to clean up on to be competitive. It was good to see Sandy (Bune) have a good game, she was pretty solid all over the floor for us.”

The loss drops the Cardinals to 0-2 on the season. Valley enters conference play when the Cardinals host Colfax tonight. SV will travel to Mondovi next Tuesday, December 4, and then the Cardinals return to Spring Valley to host Elk Mound next Friday, December 7.