SPRING VALLEY, WI – After suffering back-to-back losses in conference play the week before, the Spring Valley boys’ team showed some grit by battling in a pair of conference games to keep hold of second place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.

Neither win was easy, but the Cardinals have been able to rely on each other as a solid team to get the job done.

Spring Valley 66, Elk Mound 59
The Cardinals got a solid shooting night from the entire team to get the win, but it wasn’t easy. Every bucket was contested throughout the game and Valley was able to forge a 22-18 halftime lead. Valley battled in the second half as well, using their free throw shooting down the stretch to seal the win.

Senior Dylan Bosshart was finally able to break through a slight shooting slump from the previous two games (both losses) by leading all scorers with 24 points in the game. The senior made 12-of-14 free throws, most in the second half, to help keep the Cardinals in front. Junior Trevor Stangl chipped in 14 points to the cause, while fellow junior Aaron Borgerding had nine points and nine rebounds before fouling out of the game with more than two minutes left in the game.

The Cardinals made 16-of-31 field goals (52%) on the game and connected on 20-of-27 free throws (74%). Elk Mound connected on 43% of their field goals (22-of-51) but the biggest difference was at the free throw line. The Mounders made 10-of-15 from the stripe (67%).

Elk Mound was led by Brett Lew with 18 points and Marcus Kinbloom with 16 points.

Spring Valley 77, Mondovi 70 – OVERTIME
Another hard-fought exciting game that came out right for the home team Cardinals. This game had a little bit of everything in it, history, buzzer beaters, fouls and solid shooting.

Mondovi senior Avery Hoepner had a little bit of all of it. We don’t usually give a whole lot of space to other teams, but Hoepner hit a milestone in the second half when he scored his 12th point of the night to break 1,000 points. Later in the half the senior hit a half-court buzzer beater to send the game into overtime tied at 66. The Buffaloes had to battle back to bring it close enough to send the game into overtime.

Mondovi had forged a 28-27 halftime lead as the two teams battled bucket-for-bucket in the first half. But the Cardinals regrouped in the second half and seemed to forge a lead that seemed like a win until the shot at the buzzer.

In the overtime session, the Cardinals relied on patience and solid shooting as they outscored the Buffaloes 11-4 in the four minute span. Mondovi was hampered by foul trouble as Hoepner fouled out of the game on the first possession of overtime and second later so did another starter for the Buffaloes.

Both teams shot well in the game, the Cardinals made 26-of-54 (48%) from the floor, compared to Mondovi making 28-of-61 (46%). The difference that ended up being the winning difference for the Cardinals, came at the free throw line. The Buffaloes made 6-of-10 free throws for the game, but Valley made 19-of-25 from the stripe (76%).

Bosshart had a monster game for the Cardinals with 32 points in the game, including going 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Borgerding had 16 points and Stangl chipped in another 15 points in the win. Hoepner led the Buffaloes with 20 points while Owen Schultz had 19 and Brennan Christopherson had 11 in the losing effort.

The win leaves the Cardinals with a conference record of 9-2 and a hold on second place. Valley is 11-6 overall. The Cardinals host E-PC tonight and Boyceville tomorrow night and will wrap up conference and regular season play on Thursday, February 21, at Glenwood City. The Cardinals are hoping to get some help from some other conference teams that still have to play Colfax (first place in the D-SC with a 9-1 record).