A second half surge sent the Cardinal fans home happy on Friday, January 12th. The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals boys basketball team defeated the Lake Preston Divers 77-51 at Lake Preston High School.
After trailing by six points at 18-12 in the first quarter, the St Mary Cardinals were able to get the game tied at 30-30 at halftime. From that point forward, the St Mary Cardinals dominated. St Mary outscored Lake Preston 23-10 in the third quarter for a 53-40 third quarter lead. The Cardinals then scored 24 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Divers to just 11 points as St Mary cruised to the victory.
Three players finished in double figures for the Cardinals. Connor Libis finished the game with 23 points. Max Herber added 20 points, and Luke Brown tallied 17 points.
St Mary (5-3) will play Lake Preston again in Lake Preston on Monday, January 15th. The Cardinals and Divers will meet in the opening round of the Dakota Valley Conference tournament at 6:00 p.m.