SPRING VALLEY, WI - The girls’ basketball team at Spring Valley has been struggling with slow starts lately. They have been struggling to get points early on in games, and even to get wins. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Cardinals, despite falling behind in games or in the season, have shown no signs of quitting, no let-up in effort. It is that work attitude that keeps the coaches and players hopeful. The team knows that hard work will pay off, even if it takes time.

The Cardinals fell behind in both games last week, falling on the road at Mondovi and at home against Elk Mound.

Mondovi 59, Spring Valley 37
The Cardinals suffered through a rough first half of shooting, making just four of 23 shots from the floor (17%). Mondovi was able to forge a 26-10 halftime lead and never really look back, even when the Cardinals nearly matched them point-for-point in the second half.

For the game, the Cardinals made 14-of-48 shots from the floor (29%), and had 23 turnovers. Junior Sandy Bune led the team with 11 points and five rebounds.

Mondovi made 47% of their shots from the floor (24-of-51) and had 20 turnovers.

Elk Mound 66, Spring Valley 16
The Cardinals again struggled with the uptempo style pressing style of the Mounders. Elk Mound forced the Cardinals into 26 turnovers, as well as just 17% shooting from the floor for the game (6-of-35).

Valley fell behind 35-8 at halftime and struggled in both halves, especially in trying to contain Elk Mounds’ Morgan Radtke. The senior was unstoppable inside, scoring 26 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Alana Plaszcz chipped in another 14 points.

Junior Lexi Johansen and sophomore Jasmine Ortner each had six points for the Cardinals in the losing effort.

The losses drop the Cardinals to 0-5 on the season, 0-3 in conference play. Valley plays at Durand tonight and will host Chetek-Weyerhaeuser next Tuesday, December 18. Valley will have a break until Thursday, January 3, when they host Plum City/Elmwood in a return to conference play.