Cardinals rule roost in Dunn-St. Croix
Is Spring Valley in the catbird seat as far as the Dunn-St. Croix title is concerned?
Or should that be "Cardinal seat"?
It looks that way on Valley's remaining schedule. They play both Colfax and Boyceville which are at the bottom of the conference standings.
The only potential pitfall, at least what teams like No. 11 Elmwood and St. Croix Central hope is a pitfall being a game behind SV, is vs. Mondovi this Friday.
But as Cardinal head coach Rob Bosshart points out, all three games will be on the road. Spring Valley played its last home contest of the regular season Thursday against Glenwood City and won 54-47.
"I didn't think we would be in first place right now to be honest, but I thought we would be right there competing for the league title," Bosshart said. "I saw those games on our schedule at the beginning of the season I knew we would have an interesting last few weeks. Those are all tough places to play and we're not playing so well that we can confidently say 'that's a win' or 'that's a win'. We have to play well or we won't be champions."
SV played well enough to win two last week while Plum City went 2-1 and Elmwood was 1-1.
The view from the top
An 18-4 first quarter helped Spring Valley crush Pepin at home 60-36 back on Jan. 28.
Tyler Bosshart had a season high 24 points with Corey Blaedorn following up with 10 points. Teammate Dylan Webster had nine points.
Webster finished with a whopping seven assists while Bosshart had five. Mitch Webster had a team-high seven rebounds. Such stats show why the Cards are on top of the D-SC standings according to Bosshart.
"The stats are indicative of what kind of team we are," Bosshart said. "You can see that we do a very good job of sharing the basketball and making good passes for better shots," Bosshart said. "You can also see that we do a good job of rebounding, especially on defense."
Spring Valley came back from a 30-26 halftime deficit against GC by outscoring the Hilltoppers 38-17 in the second half.
Leading the way with all those points was Rick Ingli. He had career-high 27 to go with 14 rebounds for a double-double.
Such numbers were fitting for Ingli on Senior Night in his final regular season home game. The same was true for fellow senior Mitch Webster. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Dylan Webster had six points and five assists while Bosshart chipped in with seven points.
John Emholtz's 15 points paced Glenwood as they fell to 10-6 overall.
Plum City's effort to reach the .500 mark by the end of last week fell one game short.
Saturday at Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran, the Lancers' Brad Blue and Nate Noelder combined for 18 points apiece, 6-of-6 free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter and holding Plum City to just seven points in that same quarter for a 56-46 non-conference win.
Chris Biederman led PC with 12 points.
Plum City was hurt by injuries to leading scorer Zach Gilles and key reserve Adam Milliren in Thursday's contest at Boyceville. The Blue Devils eked out a 40-38 win against the last place Bulldogs despite such injuries.
"The rest of the guys could have picked it up more," PC head coach Wayne Radle said to the Red Wing Republican-Eagle.
Biederman and teammate Kyle Flynn each had 10 points. Leading the Devils in scoring was Logan Radle with 14. Travis Score led the Bulldogs, 1-14 overall, with nine points.
The uneven week of play for Plum City was again evident by its 54-43 win at Colfax back on Jan. 28.
PC found itself down 27-20 at halftime but rallied with a 22-7 third quarter run.
"They just came out in the third and lit them up," Radle said.
Gilles topped PC's scoring column with 15 points with Biederman and Radle scoring 11 and 10 points respectively. Biederman had nine rebounds and Radle had four assists and four steals. Flynn grabbed eight rebounds.
Last second setback
Garrick Day's three-point shot with no time on the clock lifted Elk Mound to an upset 51-50 win over Elmwood Thursday at home.
The Mounders, 10-6 overall, buried eight three-pointers to Elmwood's four. Day led his team in scoring with 16 points and teammates Robert Devine and Joey Harrison each scored 10 points.
The Raiders' Steve Pax made all four of the Raiders' trifectas and finished with a team-high 17 points. Cody Maves scored 16 points but no one else for Elmwood had more than five points. Pax also had nine rebounds and three steals. Mike Brunner finished with four assists.
Elmwood won earlier in the week 65-55 at home against Mondovi. In this game four Raiders were in double figures led by Pax's 25 points, 14 from Isaac Hartung and 12 points each for Brunner and Maves.
Pax had the double-double with 11 rebounds and he also had four blocked shots. Brunner finished with eight rebounds.
David Rud scored 14 points to lead Mondovi, 9-7 overall.