The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal girls basketball team had their three-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Chester Area Flyers on Monday, December 17th. The Flyers defeated the Cardinals 61-53 at Chester Area High School.
The Flyers started quickly by building a nine-point lead of 18-9 at the end of the first quarter. They again held the Cardinals to just nine points in the second quarter, and the Chester Area lead grew to 16 points by halftime at 34-18. The Flyers pushed the lead to 20 points by the end of the third quarter to 49-29. St Mary tried to make a furious come back in the fourth quarter by scoring 24 points, but Chester was able answer every time St Mary got close.
The Cardinals shot 27% (16-60) from the field in the game, and 23% (5-22) from the free-throw line. The Flyers were 38% (24-64) from the field and 69% (9-13) from the free-throw line.
Ella Heinitz finished with a team-high 17 points, and Maddie Schwebach added 14 points. Schwebach led the team with 10 rebounds. Jadon Wages had 20 points to lead the Flyers.
St Mary (3-2) will host Estelline/Hendricks on Thursday, December 20th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.