The St. Mary's Lady Cardinals hosted the Creighton Bulldogs in a close one on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The first quarter was kind of low scoring, ending with both teams getting six points on the board. Second quarter stayed pretty close when the Cardinals added 11 points to their tally and the Bulldogs were right behind with 10 points to add to their tally. At the half, the Cardinals led by one point 17-16.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the third putting up 13 more points while the Cardinals only had a 10 point addition. The fourth quarter was again close with the Bulldogs adding 11 points to their score and the Cardinals right behind with a 10 point addition. At the buzzer, the Cardinals were down 37-40.
Leading scorers for the Cardinals were Hope Williamson with 10 points, making two three-point shots, having 10 rebounds and four steals; Abby Everitt also with 10 points, making three form the three-point range, shooting 50 percent from the free throw line, with eight rebounds and three steals; Faith Williamson nine points, one rebound and four steals; Charley Mlnarik six points and ten rebounds; and Jadyn Eby with two points.
SMH 12 12 14 8 37
CHS 6 10 13 11 40
Then on Thursday, Jan. 30 the Stuart Broncos came to town to face the St. Mary's Cardinals. The Broncos took control in the first quarter, putting 12 points on their side of the board and holding the Cardinals scoreless. During the second quarter, the Cardinals managed to put 11 on the board, while the Broncos added 10 to their tally. At halftime, the Cardinals trailed 11-22.
In the second half, the Broncos again took the reins, scoring twice what the Cardinals did in the third quarter when they had a 14 point addition, while the Cardinals only managed seven more points. In the final quarter the Cardinals did add 11 points to their score, but the Broncos added 16 more to their total. At the buzzer, the Cardinals were defeated 29-52.
Leading the Cards were Everitt with 10 points, including the only two three-pointers made for the Cards, shooting 50 percent from the floor, getting two rebounds and one steal; Faith Williamson also with 10 points, shooting 50 percent from the free throw line, getting one rebound and one steal; Mlnarik four points and six rebounds; Eby two points and two steals; Emma Winkelbauer two points and seven rebounds; and Sybil Scofield one point and seven rebounds.
SMH 0 11 7 11 29
SHS 12 10 14 16 52
Then on Saturday, Feb. 1 the Cards participated in the first round of the Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament. They faced the Boyd County Spartans. Again the Cards struggled only managing points in the single digits for every quarter.
In the first quarter the Cards managed to put five points on the board, but the Spartans almost tripled that with 14 points on the board. The second quarter was a little closer with the Cards putting six more on the board and the Spartans adding 10 to their total. At the half, the Cards trailed 11-24.
The third quarter was more of the same with the Cards only racking up two more points while the Spartans had 11 more to add on their side of the board. Things went a little better in the fourth quarter, the Cards only managed to get five points on the board, but also held the Spartans to just six more points. At the buzzer, the Cardinals took the 18-41 loss.
Leading scorers for St. Mary's were Faith Williamson with eight points, including one shot from the three point range, getting seven rebounds and one steal; Everitt also with eight points, making two three-pointers and getting six rebounds; and Winkelbauer with two points and four rebounds.
Leading scorers for Boyd County were Kalli Kayl with 18 points, shooting 53 percent from the floor, with 16 rebounds and two steals; Lauryn Hoffman 11 points, including one shot from the three-point range, shooting 75 percent from the floor and 50 percent at the free throw line, with two rebounds and four steals; Heather Atkinson six points, two rebounds and two steals; Alex Brestel two points, four rebounds and two steals; and Kiryn Kayl and Mariah Smalley each with two points and two rebounds.
SMH 5 6 2 5 18
BCHS 14 10 11 6 41