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Opening games are a challenge

By Ginna Young

Kicking off the season, the Cadott boys basketball team spent all of their games on the road for the opening week.

Dec. 8 vs. Clear Lake non-conference (L 61-32)

Cadott traveled to Clear Lake, to take on a solid team, where coach Dusty Burish said there were a lot of positives. The Hornets were only down by 4 at halftime to the home team.

“The first half, I believe we out-played their talent and height,” said Burish. “Coming into the second half, we started out slow and dug ourselves too big of a hole.”

The Hornets couldn’t stop Clear Lake from scoring, and the game went the Lakers’ way, 61-32.

Sophomore Tegan Ritter led the way for Cadott, with 11 points, including a three-point shot. Senior Brad Irwin was next, with 9 points, followed by sophomore Dylan Drehmel. Senior Cole Sopiarz ended the night with 4 points and junior Ryan Sonnentag recorded 1 point.

“We are young, but we still have things to work on,” said Burish.

Dec. 10 vs. Stanley-Boyd conference (L 61-34)

The Hornets were on the road two days later, taking on rival Stanley-Boyd. Early on, Irwin got into foul trouble, and had to sit most of the first and second halves.

Cadott went into halftime down 24-10 and while the score was closer in the second half (32-24), time ran out to chip away at the Orioles’ lead, and the game went their way, 61-34.

“We just got outplayed,” said Burish.

Ritter again led the team with 9 points, while Sopiarz finished with 8 points. Drehmel and Sonnentag each had 6 points, and Irwin ended the night with 5 points.

Dec. 14 vs. Glenwood City non-conference (L 50-31)

Cadott ended the week on the road against Glenwood City, in a non-conference match-up.

It was a close game at halftime, with the home team up 22-18. Unfortunately for Cadott, Glenwood City came out hot in the second half.

The Hornets tried to overcome the scoring onslaught, but ended up dropping the game, 50-31.

Irwin led with 12 points, followed by senior Andrew Falkenberg. Ritter and Sopiarz each recorded 4 points, while Sonnentag ended with 3 points and Drehmel had 2.

The loss drops Cadott to 0-3 on the season.