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Three games, three wins for Pierce County MBC teams

Prescott's Ashley Rieken finished with seven points in her team's win over River Falls on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

Tuesday, Jan. 16 was a successful night for Pierce County's Middle Border Conference basketball teams.

All three teams that competed on Tuesday night — Prescott's boys and girls teams and the Ellsworth boys basketball squad — picked up wins and started off the second halves of their seasons on high notes.

Prescott boys 81, Amery 62

The Cardinals had a hot shooting night against the 3-8 Warriors in Tuesday's conference matchup. The now 10-1 Prescott team shot 45.8 percent from behind the three-point line and finished the game with a 55.5 field goal shooting percentage.

Four of Prescott's 11 three's came from Parker Nielsen who contributed 20 points, three assists, two steals and one rebound to his team's win.

Nielsen is now averaging 17.7 points per game as a sophomore.

Peter Brookshaw, Prescott's leading scorer, rebounder and assist creator, led all scorers with 29 points. The senior point guard also recorded seven rebounds, five assists and one steal.

Joe Roosen also hit the double-digit scoring mark with 13 points, nine of which came from behind the three-point arc.

Also scoring for the Cardinals: Brian Tayson 7; Jacob Doffing, Dylan Rieken 4; Joey Lubich, Westy Bartsch 2.

The Cardinals will aim to claim their 52nd consecutive MBC win on Friday, Jan. 19 at home against Baldwin-Woodville (4-8, 1-5), before they host Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (6-4, 4-2) on Saturday, Jan. 20. G-E-T was one of only four teams to beat the Cardinals in the 2016-17 season. The Cardinals will seek vengeance for last year's two-point loss at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Ellsworth 64, New Richmond 62

The Panthers committed 19 turnovers in their game against the 4-9 Tigers, but still found a way to come out on top in their two-point victory.

After 13 games under their belt, Ellsworth is now 10-3 on the season and 5-1 in MBC play. Last year at this time, the Panthers were just above .500 at 7-6.

A lot of this year's improvement is due to Ellsworth's Logan Benson who recorded 24 points and 15 rebounds against NR. Benson is now averaging 17.4 points, 13.4 rebounds and four assists per game in his junior season.

Drake Flom and Alex Motley have also continued to be loyal contributors in their senior seasons, and were Ellsworth's second and third leading scorers against the Tigers on Tuesday night. Motley finished with 16 points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, while Flom added 12 points, five rebounds and one steal to his team's win.

Also scoring for the Panthers: Cole Woodland 6, Erik Lange 5, Logan Richards 1.

The Panthers are off until Thursday, Jan. 25 when they host Saint Croix Central (9-3, 4-2). Tip-off for the game between the second- and third-best teams in the MBC is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Prescott girls 52, River Falls 39

The Cardinals gave a strong defensive effort in their Tuesday night defeat over the Division 2 Wildcats, and held their opponents to just 16 points in the second half of play.

Prescott is now 8-4 on the season and 6-1 against MBC opponents. The Cardinals were just 5-7 after their first 12 games of the 2016-17 season.

Haylee Yaeger led the Cardinals in scoring with 16 points and was followed by Bella Lenz who finished with 14 points of her own. Sophomore Ashley Rieken added seven points to her team's win.

Allie Murphy recorded eight rebounds, six assists and six points on the night.

The Cardinals face Amery at home on Thursday, Jan. 18, and host G-E-T at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20.