Dominant defense leads Cardinals to victory

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In their return from the holiday break to the basketball court, the Treynor boys were able to come out on top against Hawkeye Ten foe Creston, routing the Panthers 66-38.

The Cardinals’ stifling defense was able to hold Creston to a season-low 38 points, and junior Jon Schwarte led the way offensively, scoring a game-high 20 points to go with 11 rebounds and 7 blocks.

“I felt pretty good about my performance, other than the fact that I missed a lot of layups,” Schwarte said, “Honestly, our team’s performance surprised me because I wasn’t expecting us to come back from Christmas break and play the way that we did.”

Junior Jack Tiarks, who missed the last few games with a wrist injury, made his return in dominant fashion, as he posted a career-high 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. “It felt great to finally be able to play again,” Tiarks said, “I was really starting to miss being able to play with my team.”

The 6-foot-4-inch power forward believes the team is definitely trending in a positive direction at this point in the season. “The team played very well,” Tiarks said, “We were all over the court defensively, and we are finally realizing what we need to do to be successful to go far in the postseason.”

Jack Stogdill was the third Cardinal player that notched double digits, as he scored 10 points, while Jerry Jorgenson continued his hot shooting from 3-point range, going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

With the win tonight, the Cardinals improve to 9-0 overall with a stretch of Riverside, AHSTW, and Tri-Center coming up in the next week. Treynor is one of six remaining teams that are undefeated this season.

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Dominant defense leads Cardinals to victory