The St. Mary’s Cardinals hosted the first round of D2-6 Sub Districts on Tuesday, Feb. 23 where they met up with the Santee Warriors.
The Cardinals took the lead early in the game and never looked back. In the first quarter they put up 30 points and held the Warriors to only 12 points on their side of the board. The second quarter looked much the same with the Cards adding 28 more points to their tally and the Warriors only tacking on an additional 13 points. At the half, the Cards led 58-25.
The second half brought lower scores, when the Cards only put up 15 in the third and a mere five points in the fourth. However they still outscored the Warriors who managed nine points in the third and only three in the fourth. At the buzzer, the Cards claimed the 78-37 victory.
Leading scorers for the Cards were Aidan Hedstrom with 30 points, making two shots from the three-point range, shooting 64 percent fromt he floor and 86 percent from the free throw line, getting three rebounds and three steals; Blake Benson 17 points, making five of eight from the three-point range and shooting 50 percent from the floor, getting two rebounds and one steal; Adam Everitt 12 points, shooting 60 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the white stripe and getting nine rebounds; Gabe Pribil 10 points and two steals; Charles Barlow four points, seven rebounds and one steal; Connor Semin two points, seven rebounds and two steals; Tate Thompson two points, four rebounds and one steal; and Isaac Everitt one point, two rebounds and one steal.
SMH 30 28 5 5 78
SHS 12 13 9 3 37
Second rounds of Sub District play, again at St. Mary’s, brought the Cards face-to-face with the Wynot Blue Devils on Thursday, Feb. 25.
The Blue Devils took the lead in the first quarter, putting 13 points on the board, while the Cards only put up nine points. The tables were turned in the second quarter when the Cards added 10 points to their tally and the Blue Devils only squeaked out eight additional points. At the half, the Cards barely trailed 19-21.
The third quarter looked much like the second with the Cards adding 11 more points to their side of the scoreboard while the Blue Devils only managed eight points again. But the tables turned again in the fourth as the Blue Devils added 13 more points to their tally and the Cards only managed eight more points. At the buzzer, the Cards took the close 38-42 loss.
Leading scorers for the Cards were Hedstrom with 22 points, shooting 62 percent from the floor and 75 percent at the white stripe, with two rebounds and five steals; Adam Everitt five points, six rebounds and two steals; Thompson four points, four rebounds and one steal; Semin three points, five rebounds and three steals; Isaac Everitt two points, five rebounds and one steal; and Benson two points, four rebounds and three steals.
SMH 9 10 11 8 38
WHS 13 8 8 13 42
Then on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Cards got another chance to advance with power points traveling to Ord to face the Silver Lake Mustangs from Roseland.
The Cards struck early in the game putting 16 points on the board in the first quarter and holding the Mustangs to a mere three points. The second quarter looked much the same with the Cards putting an additional 14 points on their side of the board and the Mustangs only managing five more points to add to their tally. At the half, the Cards led 30-8.
The third quarter was a little closer as the Cards put up 15 points and the Mustangs managed to just outscore them with 17 points added to their side of the board. The fourth quarter the Cards struggled a little only managing nine more points added to their score while the Mustangs put up 16 more points. However the damage had already been done in the first half, and at the buzzer, the Cards claimed the 54-41 victory and a trip to the State Tournament.
Leading the Cards were Hedstrom with 26 points, shooting 94 percent at the free throw line, getting four rebounds and five steals; Benson with 10 points, including two out of five shots from the three-point range, getting two rebounds and two steals; Adam Everitt six points, nine rebounds and two steals; Barlow six points, six rebounds and one steal; Thompson five points, five rebounds and three steals; and Semin one point, six rebounds and two steals.