Pierce County teams wiped out in first round of regionalAll five of Pierce County's girls basketball teams were beaten in the first round of their respective regional tournaments last evening.
All five of Pierce County's girls basketball teams were beaten in the first round of their respective regional tournaments last evening.
Prescott was upset in their Division 3 regional game 31-26 to lower seeded Black River Falls. Elmwood too, lost to a lower seed, Hillsboro, at home 59-48.
Other squads taking losses were Ellsworth, 58-37 to Altoona in Division 3, Spring valley, 58-32 to Grantsburg in Division 4 and Plum City, 46-34 in Division 5.
PHS led BRF 23-19 early in the fourth quarter but a knee injury to starter Georgia Bowen plus foul trouble helped the Tigers, 7-16 overall, go on 12-2 run for the duration of the ballgame. Cassie Murphy finished with 13 points to lead the Cardinals, who still finish with a winning record at 12-11 overall.
Ellsworth only trailed the defending state champs Altoona 21-19 at halftime but in the second half, Altoona's Courtney Naser and Kiara Lanners took the game over. Naser had 15 of her 23 points in the second half, and Lanners scored 14 of her 19 points including three three-point baskets. The Panthers finished with a 4-19 overall record.
Grantsburg outscored Spring Valley 20-2 in the first quarter and 35-8 in the first half. Valley played more even against the Pirates back-ups in the second half. Nicole McKenzie led Grantsburg, 17-4 overall, with 23 points.
Depth may have been a factor in the losses for the county's two Division 5 teams.
Elmwood led Hillsboro at halftime 27-26 but the Tigers, 14-7 overall, outscored the Raiders 33-21 in the second half, holding EHS to just eight points in the fourth quarter. Elmwood had three players in double figures led by McKayla Brunner's 19 points, Christina McKune's 14 and Ally Pax's 10 points. But Elmwood couldn't handle the 1-2 Tiger duo of Hilary Stanek and Ali Brey who combined for 41 of their team's points with both over 20 points. C.J. Hofmeister added eight points for Hillsboro.
Like Elmwood, Plum City stayed with the Wolves until the fourth quarter where they were outscored 19-10. Only four players scored points for the Blue Devils led by 16 points from Marah Boyer and nine from Heather Von Holtum. But WC's Stephanie Kophafer scored 20 points to lead all scorers and teammate Taylor Rego finished with 14 points.