Prescott-Ellsworth girls' hoops contest tonightWhile first place may not be on the line as hopes, the Prescott-Ellsworth girls basketball game this evening at Ellsworth will still be important in the standings of the Middle Border Conference.
While first place may not be on the line as hopes, the Prescott-Ellsworth girls basketball game this evening at Ellsworth will still be important in the standings of the Middle Border Conference.
Somerset and Durand hold the top spots in the league with 4-1 and 3-1 records, both Ellsworth and Prescott are 4-2, tied for third. This is the final game of the first round-robin of the MBC schedule, which means each team will play each other again throughout the month of February and into March.
Ellsworth will look to bounce back from a tough but exciting 83-77 overtime loss at Osceola while Prescott is trying to get over a 39-34 setback to Durand. The Cards come into tonight's game still struggling on offense. While point Alyssa Krings is one of the top scorers in the league, no else had managed to break into double figures in points. The Panthers, by contrast have had balanced scoring. Against Osceola for example, led by Shannon Campbell's 32 points, 15 from Taylor Murphy and 10 from Courtney Stoesz. The Panthers have had several players in double figures the past three ballgames.
Prescott is 9-4 overall while Ellsworth is 6-6. This is their only game this week. Ellsworth hosts Lake City in a non-conference game on Monday.
No county basketball team is ranked this week. New Richmond is No. 3 in the boys D-2 rankings, undefeated at 13-0. In terms of upcoming regional tournaments, Altoona, which is in the D-3 regional of Ellsworth and Prescott, is ranked No. 13 while Gilmanton, in the D-5 regional of Plum City and Elmwood, is ranked No. 8. The D-3 Sectional also includes Top 15 teams Maple Northwestern at No. 10 and Ladysmith at No. 11. No. 5 Eau Claire Regis and No. 14 Grantsburg are both in Spring Valley's D-4 regional and sectional respectively.
Colfax is ranked No. 7 in Division 4 in girls' hoops while Mondovi is listed as No. 11 in Division 3. The Buffaloes lost to Colfax 45-39 Tuesday in a contest for first place in the Dunn-St. Croix. Other ranked teams in upcomng regionals and sectionals involving Pierce County teams include No. 4 Neillsville and No. 15 Bloomer in Division 3; No. 1 Eau Claire Regis, No. 5 Hurley, No. 6 Osseo-Fairchild and No. 14 Owen-Withee in Division 4 and No. 3 Seneca, No. 6 Highland, No. 8 Independence, No. 9 Kickapoo, and No. 15 River Ridge in Division 5.
Middle Border Boys Basketball Top 5 Scorers
Ryan Benoy, Baldwin-Woodville, 18.3 points per game; Riley Kannel, New Richmond, 17.5 ppg.; Karl Stenerson, Prescott, 16.3 ppg.; Jake Weber, Durand, 15.6 ppg.; Robert Seiberlich, Osceola, 15.3 ppg.
Dunn-St. Croix Boys Basketball Top 5 Scorers
Chase Luebker, Plum City, 20.6 ppg.; Tyler Kuehndorf, Glenwood City, 17.6 ppg.; Josh Pax, Elmwood, 17.1 ppg.; Tom Wahl, Colfax, 15.3 ppg.; Kyle Cress, St. Croix Central, 15.1 ppg.
Middle Border Girls Basketball Top 5 Scorers
Paige Garriga, Osceola, 17.4 ppg.; Ashley Martell, Somerset, 16.6 ppg.; Alyssa Krings, Prescott, 15.3; Shannon Campbell, Ellsworth, 15.1 ppg.; Teisha Wegner, Durand, 15.1 ppg; Kelly Stewart, Amery, 15.1 ppg.; McKenna Jensen, Baldwin-Woodville, 13 ppg.
Dunn-St. Croix Girls Basketball Top 5 Scorers
Josie Hayes, Elk Mound, 14.5 ppg.; Cansis Bodsberg, Boyceville, 13.5 ppg.; Kayla Kurtzhals, Elk Mound, 12.5 ppg., Jenni Gust, Colfax, 12 ppg.; Hailey Froehlich, Mondovi, 11 ppg.