The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to fuel a 64-51 win over the Garretson Blue Dragons in Garretson on Monday, February 1st. The win extended the current winning streak to six games for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals and Blue Dragons played even for three quarters of the game. The opening quarter was back-and-forth and ended in a 13-13 tie. Garretson had a one point lead at 16-15 with seven minutes to go in the second quarter, but St Mary then went on a 16-0 run and ended the first half leading 31-18.
That run in the second quarter proved to be the difference in the game. Garretson cut the lead to single digits in the third quarter as St Mary led 50-41 heading into the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were able to keep the lead and extend it back to double digits in the fourth quarter.
St Mary shot 39% (22-57) from the field, 23% (6-26) from three-point area, and 74% (14-19) from the free-throw line. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Blue Dragons 43-28.
Ashaun Roach-Valandra finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals. Connor Libis had 13 points and five rebounds. Max Herber added 13 points and nine rebounds. Sam Palmer also had double figures with 12 points, six rebounds, four blocks, and three assists.
The Cardinal (11-3) will host Lake Preston on Thursday, February 4th. The varsity game will tip-off about 6:00 p.m. and can be seen on Big Sioux Media.