In what may have been one of the most impressive showings by a team at the Bird Cage this season, Douglas, one of South Dakota’s top teams, dominated the Chadron Cardinals on their way to a 70-37 win Saturday evening.
The Patriots, who are 10-4 in South Dakota’s top class, came out all guns blazing, scoring ten points before the Cardinals got on the board, and leading 25-9 after just the first quarter.
It would continue to be all Douglas throughout the remainder of the game.
Douglas was led in scoring by Dylan Pourier who had 20 points in the contest and sank all seven of his shots from the free-throw line.
Dan Hand was the Patriots’ next best scorer sinking four treys and finishing the game with fourteen points. Hand’s nephew Cetan Big Crow was third in scoring for Douglas with nine points.
Chadron did manage to slightly improve its scoring through the middle quarters, but a 22 point deficit was the closest they’d get to the Patriots outside of being down by 16 to end the first.
Chadron’s Cooper Huesman was the Cardinals’ leading scorer, scoring 11 points, including three treys. Jeff Cerny also scored in double digits for the Cards with 10.
The loss, combined with a 50-43 loss to Sidney on Friday, brings the Cardinals current skid to four consecutive losses.
Despite leading 23-22 at halftime against Sidney, the Cards couldn’t manage to hold on to the lead conceding an 11 point run and handing over the fourth-quarter momentum to the Red Raiders.
Sidney’s Jake Burke led all players in scoring with 20 points on seven two-point field goals and six of 12 shots from the line. Mitch Porter was the next highest scorer for Sidney with twelve points.
Chadron’s Coy Bila, who had 13 points, was the only Cardinal to score in double digits.
Tuesday night the Cardinals tried to get back to winning ways in an away game in Alliance, but results were not available at time of print.
They’ll be back in action this Friday in Rapid City against St. Thomas More, then return home Saturday to play the Valentine Badgers Saturday.