Wins, losses puts Valley back on top of D-SC
It's so easy to get caught up in the moment and not realize so much time is left.
Even though Spring Valley lost to Elmwood in a showdown of first place teams the week before, there was no way the race for the Dunn-St. Croix title was over.
Spring Valley would still have its opportunities to claim first place, and they came last week.
Taking advantage of Elmwood's 47-46 loss at home vs. St. Croix Central, the Cardinals were successful in a first place showdown with the Panthers Friday by a 46-33 score.
This win, coupled with a two-point triumph over Plum City last Tuesday has SV just a half-game ahead of the Raiders. EHS stayed in contention by winning at Glenwood City Friday 60-51.
Cardinal rules, for now
Such moments are fleeting of course and Spring Valley knows it wouldn't be where they are had Plum City made a three-point shot with 12 seconds to go at Plum City.
Despite having lost four contests before Tuesday's ballgame, PC led the Redbirds at halftime 22-21. SV turned that around with a 15-10 third quarter advantage and held on for the win.
Rick Ingli and Mitch Webster both scored 15 points for Spring Valley and teammate Tyler Bosshart finished with nine points. Webster had a team high nine rebounds as Valley out-rebounded the home team 39-24, including a 9-3 edge in rebounds on offense.
Chris Biederman had 15 points for Plum City and teammate Zach Gilles scored 12. Kyle Flynn led all players in rebounds with 10. Logan Radle had a game-high five assists for PC.
Friday's first-place showdown between Central and Spring Valley wasn't much of a one, at least after the first half.
The Cardinals only led 16-14 at halftime, but a 16-3 run from the start of the second half secured their spot atop the D-SC.
Both Bosshart and Webster finished with 16 points apiece while Dylan Webster and Corey Blaedorn both had seven points. Mitch also had eight rebounds and two assists.
Jeff Fern had 10 points but no one else was in double figures for the Panthers, 12-3 overall, who drop a game and a half back of first place.
All is not lost
A gut wrenching home loss to St. Croix Central knocked Elmwood out of first place last Tuesday.
Elmwood fell behind 24-19 at halftime. The Raiders put on their patented comeback in the second half but it fell short by a single point.
Steve Pax had another hot shooting game for Elmwood, scoring 20 points. However, no one else had more than seven points, which was put in by Cody Maves.
Elmwood also had 18 turnovers to Sac's 11
Both Pax and teammate Isaac Hartung each had seven rebounds while Hartung had three steals. Ryan Bechel had three assists.
Brad Fedie had 17 points to lead Central while teammate Jeff Fern put in 13 points.
Both of the Raiders losses have come at home this season while they remain unbeaten on the road. That streak now stands at 17 in a row after EHS crushed Glenwood City 60-51 Friday.
Elmwood was back to normal when it came to scoring as they had four players in double figures. Pax had 17, Hartung 15 and 10 points each went to Cody Maves and Ryan Bechel.
Michael Brunner had a team-high seven rebounds, Maves finished with three assists and Pax made seven steals as the Hilltoppers, 10-4 overall, had 25 turnovers.
Jon Emholtz was the only Glenwood player in double figures with 11 points.