EAU CLAIRE, WI – It just goes to prove that anything can happen in the WIAA tournament. The Spring Valley girls’ basketball team was ranked as the 11th seed in their regional seed. They had to travel for the opening round game to the 6th seeded Cochrane-Fountain City team.

Of course the consolation of winning was facing the always tough Eau Claire Regis Ramblers on the road.

Spring Valley 63, C-FC 59
The Cardinals had a really good run against the Pirates, forging a 29-27 halftime lead and increasing that margin to 19 points with a 52-33 lead with 8:30 left in the game.

But, the Pirates weren’t going to just fold up and go home, they rallied and played with nothing to lose, closing the gap over the next eight minutes to get as close as 60-58, but the clock wasn’t in favor of the Pirates this night as the clock struck midnight on their comeback attempt.

The Cardinals had some very balanced scoring in the game. Junior Lexi Johansen led the Cardinals with 20 points while senior Brenna Schrieber had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds in her best game of the season. Senior Erin Stans and junior Sandy Bune each chipped in 12 points in the winning effort as well.

The Cardinals shot 39% from the floor for the game, making 22-of-56 shots from the floor. Including making 6-of-11 from three point range (55%).

The Pirates made 38% (21-of-55) from the floor.

Isabelle Ostrem led C-FC with 15 points, Emily Rivers had 14 and Jordyn Halvorson chipped in another 10 in the losing effort.

Regis 85, Spring Valley 30
The Cardinals led 2-1 early, but it was all downhill from that point on for Valley.

The Ramblers forged a 47-22 lead by halftime then poured on the defense in the second half, playing relentless half-court defense that just shut down the Cardinals.

The Ramblers kept their foot on the gas, leaving their starters in for much of the second half, but even the bench players were scoring for Regis.

Johansen led the Cardinals with 13 points in the game. Valley made just 27% from the floor for the game (10-of-37).

Teryn Karlstad led the Ramblers with 37 points in the game, including scoring her 1,000th career point in the second half. Regis connected on 54% of their shots from the floor, making 30-of-54.

The Cardinals end the season with a 5-16 record.