The St. Mary's Cardinals took charge this weekend racking up a NVC Championship on Saturday, Feb. 8 at WestHolt with a three point 56-53 win over the Huskies. The Cardinals started their journey last Tuesday, Feb. 4 against Boyd County.

The game started neck and neck as the Cardinals put 12 points on the board in the first quarter, trailing the Spartans by one when they put 13 on the board. In the second quarter the roles were reversed when the Cardinals put one more on the board than the Spartans. At the half the teams were tied at 24.

In the third quarter the Cardinals got things together and added an additional 22 points to their side of the board, while they held the Spartans to a mere five additional points. The fourth quarter went much the same when the Cardinals added an additional 13 points and the Spartans only got seven more points on the board. At the buzzer, the Cardinals led 59-36.

Leading the Cardinals were Aidan Hedstrom with 13 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 83 percent at the free throw line and getting three steals; Adam Everitt 12 points, shooting 71 percent from the floor and 67 percent at the free throw stripe and having five rebounds; Tate Thompson, making one three-point shot, shooting 80 percent from the floor, getting eight rebounds and three steals; Connor Semin nine points, four rebounds and one steal; Ethan Shoemaker eight points and four rebounds; and Blake Benson six points and five rebounds.

Leading the Spartans were Jory Zeisler with 14 points, shooting 55 percent from the floor and 50 percent at the free throw line and getting five rebounds; Joweph Hiatt nine points, eight rebounds and three steals; Cory Koenig nine points and one steal; and Colby Hansen four points and seven rebounds.

SMH 12 12 22 13 59

BC 13 11 5 7 36

The Cardinals continued play in the semi-finals of the NVC Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 6 when they met up with the Elkhorn Valley Falcons.

The Cardinals trailed some at the end of the first quarter when they had 13 points on the board while the Falcons had 17 points. Both teams struggled in the second quarter. The Cardinals only managed to add four point to their total and the Falcons a mere two more points. At the half, the Cardinals trailed 17-19.

The Cardinals made their move in the third quarter when they added 17 to their tally and held the Falcons to an addition of six points. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals again outscored the Falcons 22-18. At the buzzer the Cardinals celebrated the 56-43 victory.

Leading scorers for the Cardinals were Hedstrom with 19 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line, with four rebounds and two steals; Shoemaker 10 points and six rebounds; Benson 10 points and five steals; Thompson nine points, eight rebounds and four steals; Everitt six points, seven rebounds and one steal; and Semin two points, five rebounds and three steals.

SMH 13 4 17 22 56

EVH 17 2 6 18 43

The NVC Tournament final game had the Cards facing the West Holt Huskies. The Huskies were 16-3 before going into the final.

These two teams started out neck and neck with both teams marking 11 points up on the board in the first quarter. In the second quarter the Huskies took the lead when they added 15 points to their score and held the Cards to a nine point addition. At the half, the Cards trailed 20-26.

The third quarter went much like the second with the Huskies again adding 15 points to their side of the board, and the Cards only adding 11 to their tally. The Cards made their move in the fourth quarter putting up an impressive 25 points, while holding the Huskies to 12 additional points. At the buzzer, the Cardinals celebrated the championship win.

Leading the Cards were Hedstrom with 17 points, shooting 92 percent at the free throw line, with nine rebounds and three steals; Semin 11 points, including one three-point shot, shooting 67 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw stripe and getting one rebound; Benson nine points, two rebounds and two steals; Thompson nine points, one rebound and four steals; Everitt six points and six rebounds; Grant Winkelbauer two points and one steal; and Shoemaker two points.

Leading scorers for the Huskies were Aaron Kraus with 12 points, Logan Wieneke, Max Roberts and Joseph Seger, each with 10 points; Garrison Hansen six points; and Jakeem Brown five points.

SMH 11 9 11 25 56

WHS 11 15 15 12 53

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