Ellsworth gets non-conference win over Plum City
PLUM CITY - The offense for the Ellsworth High School boys' basketball team is starting to click into gear before the playoff begins as for the second straight contest the Panthers scored over 60 points in a 61-45 non-conference win over Plum City.
Ellsworth won its third game in a row and it's sixth out its last seven since a last-second loss to New Richmond. Plum City lost its fifth game in a row.
EHS, 13-7 overall, led 36-25 at halftime and never let the Blue Devils, 6-13 overall, come closer than nine points as good ball movement, lay-ups and three-point shots held their lead up in the second half.
The Panthers shot 55 percent from the field for the ballgame and 44 percent from three-point range. They were led in scoring by Lemoine Steffen's 18 points and eight rebounds, Chrystian Kulow's 15 points, Travis Kroll's 14 points and Jake Betthauser's 10 points and nine rebounds.
"Our players are becoming comfortable within our offense and it's allowed them to become more creative, take more control of it and it's allowing their more natural talents to show under a structure. The more success we have, the more confident they are playing this way."
Plum City struggles on defense continued although head coach Zach Watkins felt they played well enough to keep the contest close for three and half quarters.
"Actually, I thought it was one of our better performances on defense all season against a club that's very athletic and moves the ball well," Watkins said. "But we just couldn't get the timely stop when we needed in the second half nor hit the timely shot. We had very good shots that just wouldn't go in. Eventually we wore out and they took over."
Chase Luebker and Chad Fox each had 13 points for PC and Lawton Radle finished with eight points.
The regular season for both teams concludes Thursday with Plum City at Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran and Ellsworth at Baldwin-Woodville. Monday's contest was the final regular season home game for PC seniors Luebker, Fox, Radle, Jon Wieser and Travis Hines.