SPRINGER — A win over Elmore City-Pernell? That was a long time coming for Springer coach Robert Bradley.
The Cardinals outscored the Badgers 38-24 through three quarters, then, with key players having fouled out, held off Elmore City's late rally to win 59-55 on Monday. Elmore City scored more points in the fourth quarter (31) than it had in the previous three, but Springer held on for its eighth consecutive victory.
Springer, ranked 16th in Class B, improved to 16-2. According to Bradley, it was his first win against Elmore City-Pernell in nine seasons at Springer.
"They've always thumped us," Bradley said of Elmore City. "Down the stretch, we hit some key free throws to keep us on top."
Quan Brown led the Cardinals with 16 points, Tristan Rogers added 12 and Darius Roberts had 10 for Springer. With a 14-point advantage at the start of the fourth, Brown, the Cardinals' point guard, and Satterwhite, their center, had to sit with five fouls. Rogers also fouled out in the quarter.
But Springer was able expand on its school-best start to the season.
"It was a good experience and the kids matured from this," Bradley said. "It was a good win for the kids tonight."
Elmore City-Pernell 61, Springer 35
SPRINGER — Facing Elmore City-Pernell's press for the entire game, Springer was unable to keep up with the Badgers for four quarters.
The Cardinals (10-8) only trailed 14-11 after the first quarter, but Elmore City-Pernell outscored Springer 23-9 in the second to pull away.
Audrey White and Brittany White each had 16 points for Springer, and Caden Ingram added three to round out the scoring.