Ellsworth prep basketball teams split doubleheader with OsceolaA doubleheader of varsity boys and girls basketball games took place Friday at Ellsworth High School. The Panthers won their first Middle Border Conference game of the seasone while the EHS girls are still looking for their first win.
A doubleheader of varsity boys and girls prep basketball games took place Friday at Ellsworth High School. The Panther boys won their first Middle Border Conference game of the seasone while the EHS girls are still looking for their first conference win.
Ellsworth won the boys game 59-41 over the Chieftains, although the game was more lopsided than the final score indicates. The Purple went on a 24-9 run starting late in the first quarter (fueled by four three-pointers) for a 37-18 halftime lead. They outscored the Chiefs 18-6 in the third quarter for a 55-26 advantage at their peak.
EHS's Chrystian Kulow led all scorers with 21 points and Nick Taranto finished with 10 points. No one for Osceola scored in double figures.
Ellsworth girls' team lost their contest with Osceola 53-48. The Panthers played one of its best halves of basketball this season so far as they led 23-10 at halftime. But Osceola's Alexis Boissy, who led all scorers with 27 points, single-handedly brough her team back as she had 19 points in the third quarter alone. The Chieftains outscored Ellsworth 23-5 in the third and led 33-28. Ellsworth played better in the fourth quarter but the damage was done.
Kelsey Betthauser led the Panthers in scoring with 10 points. Tacia Kuhl and Riley Harrison each had seven points.
Ellsworth's boys have a 4-8 overall record, 1-5 in the league. EHS's girls dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-6 in the MBC. The boys and girls go their seperate ways next week as the boys play at Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday while the girls host B-W the same night.