The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals lost a tough Dakota Valley Conference game to the Colman-Egan Hawks on Monday, February 12th at Colman-Egan High School. The Hawks beat St Mary 85-61 by outscoring the Cardinals 42-23 in the middle two quarters.
The first minute was back and forth. Luke Brown made a three-point shot with 6:56 to give the Cardinals a 7-5 lead. Another three-point basket, this time by Connar Kangas with 5:21 to go, put St Mary back in front 10-9. The Hawks went on a 8-2 run over the next two minutes to grab a 17-12 lead. Two more three-point shots from Brown got St Mary within a point at 19-18, but the Hawks closed out the first quarter on a 4-0 run to lead 23-18 after the first quarter.
Colman-Egan increased their lead to eight points at 32-24 after a made basket by Kade Groos with 5:19 to play in the first half. Connor Libis cut the lead back down to five moments later with a three-point basket. Libis made scored another two points with 3:47 to play in the first half to keep the Colman-Egan lead at five points at 34-29. The Hawks, however, ended the second quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 43-29 at halftime.
The Colman-Egan lead grew to 20 points after a made free throw by Bodee Groos with 5:28 to play in the third quarter. That lead grew to 24 points at 65-41 by the end of the third quarter. St Mary couldn’t get the lead inside of 20 points for much of the fourth quarter as Colman-Egan took the win.
St Mary finished the game shooting 49% from the field, 50% from three-point area, and 64% from the free-throw line. The Cardinals were out rebounded 33-12 and were forced into 17 turnovers during the game.
Libis finished with 20 points and two assists. Brown added 11 points and two assists. Weston Geraets had 10 points and five rebounds. The Hawks had five players finish in double figures led by B. Groos with 25 points and nine rebounds.
The Cardinals (10-9) will close out the regular season at Baltic on Friday, February 16th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.