SPRING VALLEY, WI - Besides struggling with the weather, the Cardinal girls’ basketball team split a pair of games with Durand and Turtle Lake. The split leaves the Cardinals with a 3-13 overall record, 2-9 conference mark.

Durand 78, Spring Valley 26
The Panthers wasted little time jumping all over the Cardinals, forging a 48-12 halftime lead and never really took their foot off the gas, continuing to outscore the Cardinals in the second half 30-14.

Leah Sabelko led the Panthers in scoring with 14 points with Emma Hansen chipping in another 10 points. In all, 13 players scored in the game for Durand en route to the win.

Seven players scored for the Cardinals with junior Morgan Rustad leading the way with seven points.

The lopsided loss is not a surprise seeing as the Panthers are seventh in the state with a 13-1 record.

Spring Valley 53, Turtle Lake 23
It was a strange twist for the Cardinals as they were the ones to jump all over the other team, but Valley did just that.

The Cardinals took advantage of the Lakers inexperience, forcing them into 30 turnovers in the game, as well as shooting just 20% from the field on 7-of-35 shooting. Turtle Lake made just one field goal in the first half.

Valley made 24-of-74 shots from the field in the game for 35% shooting, and had just 15 turnovers in the game.

Junior Lexi Johansen led the Cardinals with 17 points in the game and eight rebounds. Senior Lydia Wittmer had 10 points to help the winning effort.

Sophia Ellis led the Lakers with seven points.

The Cardinals played against E/PC at Plum City this past Tuesday night and will host Boyceville tomorrow night. The Cardinals will host Ellsworth in a non-conference game on Monday and will wrap up the regular season on the road at Glenwood City on Thursday, February 14. WIAA Regional play begins on Tuesday, February 19, their opening round opponent has not been named yet.