By BETHANY DYKSHOORN
The Cardinals hosted Newcomerstown on Tuesday, winning 70-60 against the Trojans.
Sandy Valley held the lead from the opener, leaving the Trojans trailing by six at halftime. Newcomerstown came back with a better effort during the second half, however, so did the Cards. Sandy kept their offensive effort consistant, with points coming from just about all the team, but especially from junior Zach Schlimm.
Schlimm led the Cards, hitting a decisive 24 points, which was four more than Newcomerstown's lead scorer, Chris Poe. Schlimm also shared the rebound lead with Adam Feicht, for seven each. Feight had four assists.
"Collectively, we are all playing better and improving," said head coach Gary Offenberger. "Our mental execution has been a big focus and we are performing better.
"Offensively Zach is starting to find his rhythm and hopefully that continues."
Sandy Valley now has an overall record of 4-8, with a league record of 2-5.
The Cards were to host Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Tuesday before traveling to Mavern on Friday, Jan. 27, with the tipoff at 6 p.m.