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Boys basketball: SV passes Independence with transition offense

After defeating Independence 55-49 on Tuesday, Feb. 6, Spring Valley's Dylan Bosshart said the Cardinals' improved team chemistry has led to stronger defensive performances and more transition offense opportunities for his team. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia

The Spring Valley Cardinals have found that when their defense improves, so does their offense.

"We played really well on the defensive side of things and that helped our transition offense," Aaron Borgerding said after his team's 55-49 win over Independence on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Borgerding finished with 10 points against the Indees.

"I think we've been really good about playing together as a team lately and that is a big part of why we've been playing well defensively," Dylan Bosshart said. "That has been an advantage for our transition offense."

Bosshart recorded eight points on Tuesday night.

Borgerding and Bosshart are the Cardinals' top two leading scorers, but multiple SV players have proven they can lead their team offensively this season. Tyson Kado led the Cardinals in scoring with 19 points against Independence, and Trevor Stangl put up a career-high 10 points against the Dairyland-Small Conference team.

The Cardinals (9-8, 5-4) are now back above .500, but will be tasked with taking on the 13-4 Durand Panthers team on the road on Thursday, Feb. 8. SV will need big scoring performances from more players than just Borgerding and Bosshart if they want to give the Panthers their first Dunn-St. Croix loss of the season.

To prepare for Durand, Borgerding said, "We will be working on trying to improve our shooting as a team, and we'll keep working hard on the defensive side."

Scoring for the Cardinals: Kado 19; Borgerding, Stangl 10; Bosshart 8; Zack Williams 5; Mike Bauer 3.