The shooting percentage for both teams was about as cold as the air outside on Monday, February 15th at Dell Rapids St Mary High School. The Cardinals defeated the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders 43-31.
Both teams finished under 30% shooting for the game in a tough shooting night as the two teams fought back and forth through three quarters. The game was tied 6-6 at the end of the first quarter. St Mary held a one-point lead at 13-12 at halftime.
The Cardinals started the third quarter on a 5-0 run for an 18-12 lead. Oldham-Ramona/Rutland responded with a 10-0 run to for a 22-18 advantage. St Mary went on another run, this time 6-0, to regain the lead 24-22. The third quarter ended in a 26-26 time. The Raiders scored the first point of the fourth quarter for a 27-26 lead with 6:30 to play. St Mary’s offense finally got going at that point in the game and went on a 14-0 run for a 40-27 lead with 1:45 to play and secure the win.
St Mary shot 29% (15-52) from the field, 26% (6-23) from three-point area, and 58% (7-12) from the free-throw line. The Raiders finished the game shooting 24% (12-51) from the field, 18% (3-17) from three-point area, and 57% (4-7) from the free-throw line.
Ella Griffin had 13 points to lead the Cardinals scoring. Ella Heinitz had 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Courtney Brown had six points, five rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Karlie Klein had a team-high 12 rebounds.
The Cardinals (13-5) will play in Centerville on Tuesday, February 16th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.