The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal girls basketball team had their 2018-2019 season come to an end after going 1-1 in the Region 4B Tournament. The Cardinals hosted the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders on Monday, February 18th in the opening round. St Mary then played the Hanson Beaverettes in Alexandria on Tuesday, February 19th.
The Cardinals earned an opening round win over the Raiders by a score of 61-22 on Monday. St Mary was in complete control of the game from the start. The Cardinals led 17-4 after the first quarter of play. St Mary then pushed the lead to 31-12 by halftime. St Mary held the Raiders to just 10 second-half points while scoring 30 for the win.
Three players finished in double figures. Ella Heinitz had 15 points and three steals. Maddie Schwebach finished with 14 points, eight steals, and five rebounds. Courtney Brown added 10 points and three rebounds. Tana Harrington had eight points, and Clare Klein had seven points and nine rebounds. Oldham-Ramona/Rutland was led by Khloe Tieman with 12 points.
St Mary then made the trip to Alexandria to play the Hanson Beaverettes on Tuesday in the next round of the Region 4B tournament. The #2 seeded Beavers ended the Cardinals season with a 77-57 win.
The Cardinals trailed by just one point at the end of the first quarter at 17-16, but the Beaverettes pushed the lead to 14 points by halftime at 39-25. Hanson continued to increase their lead throughout the second half. They extended the lead to 17 points by the end of the third quarter at 60-43, and then ended the game with the 20-point victory.
Two players finished in double figures for St Mary. Heinitz had 18 points in the game. Ella Griffin finished with 11 points. Harrington led the team in rebounds with six. Hanson was led by Megan Guericke with 28 points.
St Mary’s season ends with an overall record of 11-10. Four seniors had their careers come to an end for St Mary. They were Carly Maxwell, Cassie Mullaney, Maddie Schwebach, and Clare Klein.