Heading into the SoDak 16 as the #14 seed, the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team saw their 2018-2019 season come to an end at the hands of the #3 seeded Clark/Willow Lake Cyclones. The Cyclones defeated St Mary 66-33 at Sioux Valley High School on Tuesday, March 5th.
The two teams went back and forth throughout the first quarter. The Cyclones led by as many as four points, but it was the Cardinals that held a slim 15-14 lead after the first quarter of play. The Cyclones went on an 11-3 run in the first half of the second quarter for a 25-18 lead. Clark/Willow Lake continued to take control of the game and ultimately outscored St Mary 21-5 for a 35-20 halftime lead.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the offense could not find it’s rhythm in the second half. Clark/Willow Lake outscored St Mary 27-6 in the third quarter for a 62-26 lead. The Cardinals outscored the Cyclones 7-4 in the final quarter.
St Mary finished the game shooting 31% (15-48) from the field, 5% (1-20) from the three-point area, and 25% (2-8) from the free-throw line. The Cyclones finished the game shooting 55% (24-44) from the field, 33% (6-18) from three-point area, and 60% (12-20) from the free-throw line. Clark/Willow Lake out-rebounded St Mary 34-22 in the game.
Connor Libis finished with 17 points and four rebounds. Max Herber had nine points and five rebounds. Weston Geraets had three points and three rebounds. Ethan Geraets and Austin Greene-Lebrun each had 2 points. The Cyclones were led by Jacob Prouty with 26 points, Micah Burke with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Stone Burke with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The St Mary Cardinals finished their 2018-2019 season with an 18-5 record.