Eagles Defeated; Cardinals Rise to the Top of the Conference


Signe Branham

Senior Tristin Wilcox demonstrates his enormous vertical as he jumps up to defend a pass.

Signe Branham, Editor-in-Chief

Triple overtime and buzzer beater threes?  These things, along with fast play and many a foul, made up the nail-biting roller coaster of a game held on Tuesday, January 30th, in Solon Springs, WI.  The South Shore boy’s basketball team went in ready for a fight, and they were proud to emerge victoriously.

With a J.V. loss to start off the night, the varsity team was hoping to bring home victory.  However, the Cardinals started the game a little rough.  Solon Springs quickly gained a lead over the Cardinals, leading to a score of 30-21 at halftime.  The second half is when things started to become more intense.  The Cardinals picked up the pace and cut the Eagles lead down to only 3.  With only seconds left in the half, senior Dallas Williams hit a three right as the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime.  With 46 points each, both teams tried their best to use the four-minute overtime to their advantage.  South Shore once again found themselves down by 3. With only seconds to spare, Dallas hit another 3, tying things up as the game went into double overtime.  Another four minutes were put on the clock and the process began once again.  Once again, Solon Springs was ahead with barely any time left.  And once again, Dallas managed to score a basket just in time to bring the score to 56-56 as the game went into its third and final overtime.  Repeating the events of the previous overtimes, the Eagles held the initial lead.  This time, however, the Cardinals managed to overcome the Eagles and win the game 60-58.

Dallas lead the team for the night with 20 points.  He was closely followed by fellow seniors Connor Sorenson and Tristin Wilcox, who had 19 and 17.  Connor had 13 rebounds, making him the top rebounder for the night.  Sophomore Douglas Hipsher was close behind with 12 rebounds.

This win, along with Washburn’s loss to Mercer and Drummond’s defeat of Ironwood, now places the boys as the sole leaders of the conference.  They go to Ashland on Friday, February 2nd for their next game.  Their next conference game will be against Washburn at home on Tuesday, February 6th.