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DSC boys basketball: SV lose for first time in conference

Spring Valley freshman Aaron Borgerding tries to dribble around a defender on Monday, Jan. 30. (Herald photo by Jalen Knuteson)

SPRING VALLEY -- The top two teams in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference squared off.

They collided, chipped, charged, and, as the game closed, the Cardinals chased to no avail.

Elk Mound took a half-game lead in the conference standings after defeating Spring Valley, 56-45, on Monday, Jan. 30 at Spring Valley High School.

“They were pretty physical and we had a hard time matching up with some of that,” Spring Valley head coach Rob Bosshart said. “As the game went on we kind of adjusted to it a little bit, but it took us out of our rhythm offensively.”

The Mounders (10-4, 7-1 DSC) used a full-court press defense to make the Cardinals (10-4, 6-1) uncomfortable. They also used half-court zones to disrupt Spring Valley.

“They’re a good team,” said Spring Valley senior Sean Borgerding, who scored 15 points. “They stressed us defensively with their press and then their zone, too, which was tough.”

The biggest lead that Elk Mound built came after junior Dylan Black made a 3-pointer with 6 minutes and 31 seconds left to make the score 46-33.

The Cardinals responded with a 3-pointer by Zach Boisen in the next possession, but they weren’t able to chip their way closer than eight points.

The Mounders were able to attack in the post with Ben Lambele, who scored 15 points. Dane Lew scored 16 points.

Spring Valley almost never has a size advantage. Spring Valley’s guards can overcome their lack of size to win games on most nights with athleticism and passing.

“I didn’t think our ball movement was as good tonight as it has been,” Bosshart said. “In some of our other games, we’ve been able to account for (our lack of size) by quicker ball movement and getting the defense out of position.”

Instead, when the Cardinals attacked the basket, the Mounders were waiting in the paint where Spring Valley was called for two charges in the last five minutes of the game.

SV senior Pat Cirpiano drives baseline against Elk Mound on Monday, Jan. 30. (Herald photo by Jalen Knuteson)Senior Pat Cipriano, who scored nine points, said the adjustments that the Cardinals needed to make were mostly “mental.”

“We needed to take care of the ball and we needed to slow down and look for good shots,” Cipriano said.

Added Bosshart: “We need to get three or four reversals. Get the defense moving which allows us to get to the basket.”

The sun will come up tomorrow in the valley.

“We didn’t play terrible, but we didn’t shoot very well,” Borgerding said. “There were a couple shots that would have fallen they would have made a big difference.”

MOUNDERS……….24     32   --   56

CARDINALS……….22     23   --   45

Spring Valley (Points) - S. Borgerding 15; Cipriano 9; Boisen 8; A. Borgerding 5; Anderson 3; Klatt, Williams 2; Bosshart 1. Elk Mound - Lew 16; Lambele 15; Rubenzer 6; Schreiber 5; Zurbuchen 4; Pritchard 1.