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Charette fouls out but Cardinals win regional semi

PRESCOTT -- Despite not having Kaycee Charette for much of the ballgame due to foul trouble, Prescott was still able to edge Elk Mound 62-50 in a WIAA Division 3 Hudson Regional semifinal contest Thursday.

Charette fouled out with under six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. But through the ball handling efforts of freshman guard Alyssa Krings and the outside scoring of junior Chloe Carlson, the Cardinals held off the Mounders, never letting their lead slip under nine points.

Krings finished with 13 points and Carlson had 12, all of them on three-pointers. Krings sank seven of the Cardinals' 18 free-throws. Breanna Swan had six points for the home team. Kallie Krech had four steals.

"With Kaycee in foul trouble, we were fortunate to have other players pick us up," Prescott head coach Tim Cerni said. "We had Alyssa help us with her ball handling and free-throw shooting and we had Chloe help us with her outside shooting. And we had a lot of contributions as well, large and small. It was a great team effort."

Prescott outshot EM, 12-10 overall, 18-9 at the free-throw line and had eight three-pointers to the Mounders' zero.

PHS' tough defense also forced plenty of Mounder turnovers that Prescott used to fuel its offense. The Cards' speed and quickness plus good shooting offset their lack of height against the bigger Mounders.

Sam Weix had 14 points to lead Elk Mound.

Charette still led Prescott in scoring with 20 points. Coach Cerni took a risk keeping Charette in for much of the third quarter even after she picked up her fourth foul. She scored eight points in that quarter and still played aggressive defense.

"Kaycee's a smart player and she knows how to play with four fouls," Cerni said. "Given their height, we needed her in there to play defense."

With Charette in the ballgame, the Cards were able to push their lead to as many as 15 points at 44-29 and 50-35.