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Game sends Panthers, Cards' in different directions
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Tim Cerni knew what a nightmare a loss to Ellsworth would be for his Prescott ballclub. After the Cardinals played the Panthers they had a difficult schedule of Somerset, Amery and Durand coming up.

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Let the nightmare begin.

The Panthers 42-39 win last Tuesday at Prescott have sent the Hwy. 10 rivals in two different directions last week.

Ellsworth followed up with a win at home vs. Baldwin-Woodville Friday while Prescott was pounded at home by Somerset.

Path to victory

Both Ellsworth and Prescott may have both been ice cold as the recent weather shooting from the field Tuesday (The Panthers held a meager 11-7 halftime lead).

But so long as EHS maintained their edge in rebounds on offense, then they would have the better chance of making shots in the second half.

And that's exactly what happened.

The Panthers out-rebounded the Cardinals 48-38 with Chelsey Huppert grabbing 13 rebounds and Michelle Olson 10, eight of those on offense.

Huppert and Olson also led Ellsworth in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Panthers outscored PHS 20-12 in the third quarter for a 31-19 advantage.

Prescott nearly rallied from behind, coming as close as three points with a minute to go, but, Ellsworth made several plays at the end that secured the win.

Prescott's Kaycee Charette led all scorers with 18 points. No one else for the Cardinals had more than six points. Ellsworth's defense held Prescott to just 31 percent shooting. EHS was acutally worse shooting the ball at 28 percent but they had fewer turnovers.

Rebounding again proved the path to victory for EHS as they grabbed 21 offensive rebounds in a 41-35 MBC at home vs. Baldwin-Woodville.

Huppert tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ellsworth, while Olson added 16 rebounds. She also tallied a team-high four assists.

Pella Borh scored a game-high 14 points for BW, while Tara Kimberly added 10 points as the Blackhawks fall to 4-9 overall.

Dark road

Meanwhile, the road got darker for Prescott as they were thumped by the Spartans 63-48.

Prescott actually led Somerset 14-13 after the first quarter but the remainder of the contest was all Spartans, including a 34-24 second half.

PHS again struggled from the field, making only 27 percent of their shots. They also were a low 10 for 21 from the free-throw line. They did, however, out-rebound the bigger Spartans 31-28 led by Christina Brunner's eight rebounds.

Somerset, 12-2 overall, had three players in double figures led by Kellie Ring's 13 points.

Charette had 14 points to lead her team and Brunner and Breanna Swan each finished with 11 points.

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