“That was a weird game.” SB-L head coach Adam Vander Schaaf couldn’t have summed it up better.
Last Thursday the Warriors traveled across the river to round out their regular season with a one-of-a-kind game against the South Sioux City Cardinals.
SB-L grabbed the opening tip to set up Chris Kroll with a 3-pointer right of the bat. The pace picked up quickly but neither team was able to score in the next few minutes until SSC hit a three of their own.
After an “and 1” from top Warrior rebounder Andrew Christensen, South Sioux quickly sank two more 3-pointers to put Sergeant Bluff down by two.
The first four minutes of the second quarter were scoreless until SB-L’s leading scorer Keegan Savary drained a three and Jacob Shultz followed with another 3-pointer.
Savary had 22 points in addition to 6 rebounds. Kroll and Shultz were next on the charts for the Warriors with 12 points each. Shultz also had 9 boards.
With a halftime score of 19 all, Savary swished a three to quickly gain the Sergeant Bluff lead. Later in the quarter, Savary assisted Kroll for a smooth two points and then took one the length of the floor himself to help the Warriors pull ahead even more.
The Cardinals climbed back from a heavy score deficit with three long 3-pointers in the final minutes but SB-L stayed sharp to end up on top, 58-53.
With scoring droughts, shaky tempos, odd foul calls, and sudden showers of threes, this game had no common theme besides a Warrior victory.
Ending their season at 11-8, SB-L will take on Bishop Heelan at Orange City on Monday (Feb. 22) at 6:30 PM in the first round of post-season play.