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Somerset-Prescott showdown headlines busy night of high school basketball

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The Prescott High School boys' basketball team is two games away from winning its first-ever Middle Border Conference title

The Cardinals, who are unbeaten in the MBC at 10-0, face the other top teams in the league: Somerset this Tuesday and Ellsworth next Tuesday. Wins over both will secure the championship.

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PHS beat the Spartans back in December by a 57-45 score led by Clay Seifert's 23 points.  The Spartans are 7-1 in the conference and 11-2 overall. SHS is led in scoring by Gaelin Elmore's 19.5 points per game and while Jack Emmert is scoring 15 points.

Prescott also edged Ellsworth 37-35 in their first meeting.

The Prescott-Somerset game highlights a busy night of high school basketball involving Pierce County teams. In boys' basketball, Ellsworth hosts Durand, Plum City is at Mondovi, Boyceville is at Elmwood and No. 5 ranked Elk Mound is at Spring Valley.

There are two girls game this evening as well, both of them rescheduled games. Ellsworth is at Prescott and Elk Mound is at Spring Valley. Spring Valley is looking for its fourth straight win and Prescott its third.  After struggling on offense for much of the season, the Cardinals are starting to generate points, as they demonstrated by beating up Elmwood 54-17 last night.

"We're more efficient on offense and we're shooting the ball a lot better which has helped our confidence," PHS head coach Luek Kjelland said. "I don't at this point we have a go-to scorer, although Katy Syverson has had games where she 's had high double figures in points. I think it will be scoring by committe but that's a strength in itself because we're so balance we can get contribution from several different players."

Ellsworth is still looking for its first MBC win and will need its go-to scorer, Kelsey Betthauser, along with someone else in double figures to crack Prescott's tough defense. EHS's lone win of the season, against Pine City, Minn., came largely due to the outside scoring of Hayley Stoesz who had 12 points and the Panthers will need here and or Tacia Kuhl to make some outside shots.

Wissports.net State Coaches Boys' Basketball Poll: http://www.wissports.net/page/show/532587-team-rankings

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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