The St Louis Cardinals 7th grade basketball team opened their season at home last night against the Eagles of Jac-Cen-Del.The Cardinals played tough defense from the opening tip creating turnovers which led to points and were able to take a lead at halftime 18 – 8. But the Eagles came out strong after intermission to draw within 1 point 18 -17. The Cardinals, near the end of the third quarter, were able to get key baskets from Lleyton Ratcliffe and Andrew Oesterling to take a 22-17 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were able to outscore the Eagles 13 – 9 and finished the game with a 35 – 26 Cardinal victory.The Cardinals played great defense and were able to control the boards for most of the game. Defensively the team was led by Sam Voegele with the scoring coming from Oesterling, Ratcliff, Wil Freeland and Voegele.The Cardinals next game is Monday, November 9th, against St Mary’s of Greensburg. The game starts at 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.The St. Louis Cardinals opened their 8th grade boys basketball season against the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles Thursday night. However it was the Eagles coming away with the win by a final score of 29 to 27.Adam Cox led the Cardinals in scoring with 8 points, followed by Jacob Deutsch with 7 points and Eli Tuveson with 6. Johnathan Deal and Evan Vogelsang rounded out thescoring. Zach Harmeyer had a solid game but did not score.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.