The 2022 basketball season ended on a sour note for the St. Mary's boys. For their final two matches, they competed against Grand Island Central Catholic and Sutton, and weren't able to secure a single victory.
The first match saw the Cardinals travel to Grand Island Central Catholic in order to face off against the Crusaders. The first match the Crusaders laid the smack-down on the Cardinals, taking an early 11 point lead. Unfortunately for the Cards, things wouldn't get much better from here on. Quarter two the Cards played better defense, only allowing their opponent to score for nine, but they were still behind big time.
By quarter three, things were looking bleak for the Cards, but they weren't going to just give up, they would make the Crusaders work for their win. By the end the Crusaders pushed ahead by 30 points, leaving the Cards in the dust.
Gage Hedstrom lead the Cards this match with nine points, shooting one of three three-pointers for 33 percent and two of 11 two-pointers for 11 percent, as well as five rebounds; Dalton Alder six points and three rebounds; Isaac Everitt four points and four rebounds; Carson Dannenbring two points and five rebounds; and Kyle Pribil one rebound.
SMH 7 7 5 4 23
GICC 18 9 12 14 53
In the St. Mary's second match last week, they were pitted against the Sutton Mustangs. This was a very back-and-forth match, and could have easily gone to either team.
Quarter one was a fair start for the Cards, leading by one point by the end. The second was where the Cards let their guard down. The Mustangs turned thing on their head quickly and took an eight point lead.
By quarter three, the Cards knew they had to do something to close the gap. They upped their offense and defense and managed to take the set. Now only behind by three points, the Cards had a real shot at taking the game back. This, unfortunately for them, never came to be. Although the Cards did win the final quarter, it just wasn't enough to knock down the Mustangs.
Leading this game is Hedstrom again with 15 points, shooting three of five three-pointers for 60 percent and three of eleven two-pointers for 27 percent, as well as eight rebounds; Alder nine points and two rebounds; Everitt six points and 11 rebounds; Dannenbring five points and two rebounds; Sam Barlow two points and two rebounds; and Joe Wiese one rebound.
SMH 7 8 15 8 38
SHS 6 17 10 7 40
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