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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Cardinal girls head into postseason on high note

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  • The Redwood Valley girls basketball team wrapped up the regular season in style with a 64-61 overtime victory over visiting Springfield Tuesday night in Redwood Falls.
    It was a nice victory for the Cardinals (14-10) heading into the postseason as they took down one of the Tomahawk Conference’s better teams.
    “I was proud of the girls,” Coach Mike Kessler said, “We had a nice lead at the half and then gave it away but were able to battle back and get the victory.”
    The Cardinal girls will now head into what appears to be an interesting Section 3AA-North Sub-Section as the four seed.
    Redwood Valley hosts fifth-seed LQPV (13-11) on Saturday night with the winners advancing into Tuesday’s semifinals.
    The Eagles are just 4-7 in their last 11 games while the Cardinals have won seven of their last nine.
    Lake Crystal/Welcome-Memorial (22-3) is the top seed but recently lost its best player for the season due to a knee injury.
    BOLD (15-8) is the number two seed and will face Montevideo and YME (14-9) is the three and will take on TMB.
    Worthington (15-7), JCC (15-10) and Fairmont (12-9) are the top three seeds in the South half.
    Monday night the Cardinals rolled to a 66-55 win over visiting GFW in a non-conference match-up.
    Liz Smith had a big night scoring a season-high 29 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists.
    Sam Felt finished with 15 points, six boards and two assists and Steph Jensen added eight points and two rebounds.
    Julia Busiahn would chip in with five points and six boards, Victoria Quast added four points and seven rebounds, Janessa Read had three points and Lauren Hanson added a bucket.
    In the win over the Tigers (15-7), Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
    Felt added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists and Busiahn finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
    Jensen would chip in with 13 points and two boards and Quast added five points and five rebounds.
    The Cardinals experience - a Section final two years ago and a Sub-Section final last year - along with strong senior leadership with Felt, Smith and Busiahn should give the girls a chance to make some noise in the postseason.
    Redwood Valley           64
    Springfield        (OT)    61
    Cardinal scoring - Smith 18, Busiahn 14, Felt 14, Jensen 13, Quast 5
    Tiger scoring - Kretsch 14, Salonek 14, Hampton 12, Arnoldi 11