St. Mary's Charley Mlnarik on defense against Stuart's Sarah Wallinger
The St. Mary's Lady Cardinals traveled to Creighton to start the week off and came away with a solid win over the Bulldogs winning 44-36.
The Lady Cards kept pace with the Bulldogs, trailing by a point at the half, 19-18.
The Cards adjusted their defense and in the third picked up the slack holding the Bulldogs to four while putting up 14 of their own.
The Bulldogs, not for the lack of trying, came back in the fourth and outscored the Cards by one but it was too late as the third quarter saved the Cards and gave them the cushion to win.
Mya Hedstrom led the Cards with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals; Alissa Brabec 10 points, two rebounds and one steal; Lorissa Reiman nine points and 11 rebounds; Charley Mlnarik four points, four rebounds and three steals; Annabelle Barlow four points, two rebounds and one steal; and Hope Williamson three points, five rebounds and one steal.
SMH 9 9 14 12 44
CHS 10 9 4 13 36
On Thursday, Jan. 27 the Lady Cards suffered an upset loss by three to the Stuart Lady Broncos. The Cards led the game heading into the third when the Broncos pulled ahead. It was neck and neck to the end with the Cardinals pulling the short end of the stick in the 52-49 loss.
Stuart Head Coach Colin Schurman credited the win to a big third quarter and the timely execution of fourth quarter free throws for the Broncos. "We outscored the Cards 15-3 in the third and shot 8/9 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter," Schurman stated.
Hedstrom had a knock-out game for the Cards putting up 25 points, hitting seven of 13 for 54 percent from the two-point field and eight of nine for 89 percent from the charity stripe. Mya had 10 rebounds on the match. Williamson 13 points and three rebounds; Brabec six points, one rebound, and two steals; and Reiman five points, nine rebounds, and one steal.
Stuart's Lexi Schroder had a big night for the Lady Broncos. Schroder had 26 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals; Taya Schmaderer 13 points, five rebounds and four assists; Sydney Estill two points and six rebounds; Abigail Tubbs six points.
After this contest, both teams headed into the Niobrara Valley Conference tournament. Stuart was placed as the seventh seed and St. Mary's claimed the top seed. Results from those contests will be in next week's edition.
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