The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal girls cruised to an opening round win in the Region 4B tournament on Monday, February 19th. The Cardinals defeated the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders 63-30 in front of their home crowd at St Mary High School. Every varsity player for the Cardinals got into the stat book in some way on the night.
St Mary scored on their first three shot attempts and never failed to lead in the game. The Cardinals led 15-8 after the first quarter. They were able to grow the lead to 14 points by halftime at 32-18. St Mary kept rolling in the second half as they increased the lead to 23 points by the end of third quarter at 49-26. The Raiders were held to just four points in the final quarter by the Cardinal defense as the St Mary offense scored 14 more points.
Three players finished in double figures in points for the Cardinals. Ella Heinitz had 16 points, nine rebounds, five steals, and five assists. Sydney Cook added 15 points, six rebounds and two assists. Maddie Schwebach ended with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Cassie Mullaney recorded nine points in the game. Courtney Brown had four points, and Cassy Geraets, Carly Maxwell, and Clare Klein all had two points. Karlie Klein had one point and three rebounds. Adyn Heinricy had one rebound and one assist. Tana Harrington had two rebounds, and Addy Gilbert had a rebound.
St Mary (10-11) will advance to play the Ethan Rustlers at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Region 4B tournament. The game will be held at the Huron Arena.