Senior Lance McMurrin goes in for a shot. Submitted photo
Senior Lance McMurrin goes in for a shot. Submitted photo

SPRING VALLEY, WI – Sometimes the stars align and things fall into place and everything just seems so majestic. You feel like it’s destiny, like it was meant to be. Of course, in sports, every time that happens there is always the team on the other side of the floor that comes out on the losing end.

That was the case last week when the Spring Valley boys’ basketball team, the fifth seed in the region, hosted the 11th seeded Cadott Hornets in the opening round of the WIAA tournament. Fate was not on the side of the Cardinals as they fell to the lower seed, 70-57.

The Hornets came out firing, draining shots they don’t typically make at a rate they don’t typically make them. The Cardinals, on the other hand, were short-handed, playing without starter Mike Bauer, who was out with an illness.

The Hornets shot an amazing 61% from the floor for the game, making 23-of-38 shots from the floor, including 6-of-12 from three point range. That sharpshooting effort propelled Cadiott to a 35-19 halftime lead in the game, something the Cardinals were not able to overcome in the second half.

Cadott also made 18-of-26 free throws (69%) on their way to the win.

Valley struggled from the floor, especially compared to Cadott. The Cardinals made 38% of their field goals (17-of-45), including going 7-of-20 from three point range (35%). The team made 16-of-17 of their free throws on the night (94%), but just couldn’t overcome the deficit Cadott put them in with their hot shooting.

Senior Dylan Bosshart scored 21 points in his final game and junior Aaron Borgerding chipped in another 19 to help the cause. No other Cardinal players scored in double figures in the game.

Cadott was led by Mason Poehls with 31 points in the game, Coy Bowe had 15 points to help the Hornets.

Valley ended the 2018-19 campaign with an overall record of 14-7, 12-2 in the D-SC.

Cadott’s excitement only lasted one game as the Hornets fell to Melrose-Mindoro in their next game 76-47.