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Bad first quarter puts New Richmond ahead of EHS girls' hoops 59-41

Ellsworth's Kelsey Betthauser puts up the shot right from the block.2 / 3
Ellsworth's Alexis Linder gets tied up with a New Richmond player going for a rebound.3 / 3

While a bad first quarter gave New Richmond control of the game from start to finish, the Ellsworth High School girls' basketball team prevented the contest from being the blowout the Panthers season-opener was on Tuesday. Ellsworth lost 59-41, which wa sa better result than the 52-17 crushing Baldwin-Woodville administered to them.

New Richmond's Sydney Kannel scored the game's first nine points and helped the Tigers take a 16-1 lead in the first eight minutes.

But Ellsworth fought back to trail only 30-15. Kannel picked up her second foul and sat while Ellsworth surged back thanks to the three-point shooting of Tacia Kuhl. She sank four of them for 12 points.

In fact EHS cut New Richmond's lead to just 10 points at 34-24 midway through the third quarter before Kannel again sparked a 14-3 which put NR ahead 48-27 to start the fourth quarter. DShe finished with game-high 23 points.

Ellsworth, 0-2 overall and in the Middle Border Conference, was led in scoring by Kelsey Betthauser's 17 points. 

Ellsworth is at River Falls Saturday evening for a non-conference contest.