DURAND, WI – For the second time in the last four games, the Spring Valley girls’ basketball team faced a foe that was ranked in the state.

First, it was #4 ranked Colfax two weeks ago, and the Vikings had their way with the Cardinals from the very beginning. This time it was Durand, ranked third in the state in Division 4, and while the end result was the same, it was the beginning of the game that gave the Cardinals some hope.

For the first time this season, the Cardinals did not fall behind to start the game. In fact, against the higher ranked Panthers, Valley actually forged a lead.

The Cardinals hustled, boarded, passed and shot well against the tough Durand defense. They also boxed out and grabbed rebounds and loose balls on the defense side.

Almost eight minutes into the game, the Cardinals held a 13-9 advantage, but from that point on, it was Durand’s shooting and press that changed the game.

By halftime, Durand had changed the game by taking a 45-19 lead into the locker room. The Durand pressure on the full-court press forced the Cardinals into 34 turnovers in the game, and the team made just 29% of their shots from the floor (10-of-35).

Junior Sandy Bune led the Cardinal offense with 12 points, while junior Lexi Johansen and senior Erin Stans each chipped in another seven points. Johansen led the squad with 9 rebounds in the game as well. Only one other Cardinal scored in the game.

Durand made 41% of their field goals (24-of-59), and had 24 steals. The Panthers had five players reach double digits in scoring, led by senior Emily Annis with 15 points.

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This game was a possible win for the Cardinals that they let slip away from them, giving the ball to the Bulldogs too many times on turnovers and rebounds.

The Cardinals fell behind 33-18 at halftime and just could not make up that deficit in the second half, especially with some of the main players getting into foul trouble (Bune and Stans).

Despite that, the Cardinals battled and made some good threats in the second half of the game.

Bune and Johansen led the team with 16 points each in the losing effort.

C-W was led by Emma Sather with 18 points for the winners.

The loss drops the Cardinals to 0-7 on the season, 0-4 in the conference. Valley will host Plum City-Elmwood on Thursday, January 3. The Wolves are also winless in conference play (0-4), and stand at 1-7 overall.