While it wasn't a sweep, Prescott head boys basketball coach Cory Morning is more than happy with the two wins his ballclub picked out of three games last week.
Those wins now have the Cardinals at the .500 mark at 8-8 overall with four games left to play and a chance for a winning season after a slow start.
PHS has won four of its last five games, starting with the big overtime win over Ellsworth.
"Better rebounding and better defense, there's no question those two factors are why we're playing much better basketball." Morning said.
A week's work
The Cards started last week with a 58-35 trouncing of Cannon Falls at home back on Jan. 21.
PHS' defense held the Bombers to just 13 first half points. They also helped the Redbirds outscore CF 22-12 in the third quarter.
Shane Resch was Prescott's leading scorer against Cannon Falls with 17 points and teammate Pat Soberg finished with 13 points. Resch made 6-of-7 free-throws, five of them coming in the third quarter.
Resch has been a key factor as well in Prescott's rise. When he's in double figures, as he was against Cannon Falls and Amery on Thursday, then the Cardinals' odds for victory are in their favor.
"Like our whole team Shane's rebounding and defense have improved," Morning said. "He's also more aggressive on offense and providing us with a consistent scoring option."
Prescott's win at Amery followed in similar fashion. They allowed the Warriors just 14 first half points. When the home team had cut PHS' double-digit lead to nine to start the fourth quarter, the Cards responded decisively with a 19-point fourth quarter.
Pat Soberg scored of his seven points in the quarter and Resch had five of his team-high 14 points. Resch again was solid from the free-throw line going 5 for 7 while Luke Hubener was 3 for 4 from the line, part of 13 point effort on his part. As a team Prescott sank 14-of-19 free throws.
The only hiccup last week was a 52-48 non-conference loss to Christ's Household of Faith in St. Paul Tuesday.
The Lions had three players in double figures, including Jake Okerstrom, who's 12 second half points led to a team-high 16. Nicholas Butler scored nine of 11 points also in the second half for CHOF.
Resch was held to six points. Leading Prescott was Soberg with 12, with nine points each going to Huebner and David Jerrick.