No. 8-ranked Prescott boys now 13-1, Ellsworth and Prescott girls drop road games
The Prescott boys basketball team (13-1, 7-0) was the only Pierce County team to come home with a win on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The Cardinals and the the Elk Mound Mounders (5-8, 4-2) were originally scheduled to face off on Monday, Jan. 22, but the nonconference game was pushed back to Tuesday due to inclement weather.
Prescott got off to a 34-22 lead at the half and refused to let up in the second half of play. The Cardinals outscored the Mounders again by 12 in the second half to pull off a 70-46 win against the Division 4 Dunn-St. Croix Conference team.
Peter Brookshaw led all scorers with 25 points and shot 4-for-7 from three-point range. The senior point guard also led the team in assists with six dimes.
Joe Roosen added 10 points to his team's feat and led the Cardinals on the boards with eight rebounds. Roosen also shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Parker Nielsen also had a notable offensive performance with his 16 points on the night. The sophomore is now averaging 16.2 points per game as Prescott's second-leading scorer behind Brookshaw who is averaging 28.9 points per game in his senior season.
The Mounders were led in scoring by Marcus Kinblom who put up 14 points.
The Cardinals, who are now ranked No. 8 in the state in Division 3, have two more games this week; Thursday they head to New Richmond to take on the Tigers, and Saturday they travel across the state to Stevens Point where they'll face Lake City for this year's Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Border Battle.
Also scoring for the Cardinals: Westy Bartsch 7; Dylan Rieken, Brian Tayson 4; Jacob Doffing, Mason Holte 2.
Also scoring for the Mounders: Ben Lambele 8, Brett Lew 7, Brandon Redwine 6, Dylan Black 5, Logan Berg 4, Blake Rosenthal 2.
Amery girls basketball 53, Ellsworth 32
The Panthers (4-10, 1-8) could not overcome the fast start put on by the home team at the Amery gym on Tuesday night. The Warriors (12-3, 7-2) went 11-for-15 from the free-throw line in the first half, jumping to a commanding 29-6 first-half lead.
However, Ellsworth outscored the Warriors 26-24 after making some defensive adjustments and getting an outstanding effort on both ends of the floor from Emma Swanson.
Ellsworth's head coach Jason Janke said a large factor of the outcome of the game came from the free-throw line — Amery shot 29 free throws while Ellsworth only earned four free-throw attempts.
"We shot very poorly in the first half and could not get any easy buckets," Janke said. "Amery scored more free throws than we had points in the first half, and when you aren't shooting well, you have to work to get to the line. We just didn't get that done."
The Ellsworth coaching staff was proud of their team's resilience in the second half, though.
"Not all kids would keep playing as hard as they did with that kind of deficit," Janke said. "We made things relatively competitive by midway through the second half."
Emma Swanson led the Panthers' battle back by playing tough defense on Amery's leading scorer, Madelyn Granica, which Janke said seemed to inspire better defensive play from the rest of the Ellsworth team. Swanson also led her team in scoring with 10 points. Granica led all scorers with 20.
"We learned a little about ourselves tonight," Janke said. "We're going back to work this week, and we'll go compete on Friday."
The Panthers get another shot at the New Richmond Tigers on Friday, Jan. 26. The two teams met for the first time this season on Dec. 12 in a close 66-63 game that ended in the Tigers' favor.
Scoring for the Panthers: Swanson 10, Autumn Earney 8, Olivia Lynner 5, Kaitlyn Nugent 4, Claire Straub 3, Masen Bach 2.
Scoring for the Warriors: Granica 20; Abby Schmidt 11; Morgan Brotzel, Ella Schmidt 7; Lydia Monson 3; Cheyenne Edwards, Alyssa Koehler 2; Julia Engebretson 1.
Saint Croix Central girls basketball 46, Prescott 41
Like the Amery versus Ellsworth girls basketball game, the SCC versus Prescott game also came down to free-throw shooting.
The Cardinals shot 5-for-12 from the line while the Panthers shot 8-for-12 in a tight Middle Border Conference battle that came down to the final minute of play.
Prescott trailed 40-38 with under a minute to go in the game, but turned the ball over when they had the chance to tie things up. SCC converted Prescott's turnover into a layup to extend their lead to 42-38. The Panthers were successful on four late free-throw attempts while the Cardinals could only sink three free throws to bring the final score to 46-41.
Despite the loss, Prescott's head coach Ron Murphy said his team played "pretty well" in what he described as "a very exciting game." The Cardinals showed a slight improvement on the road compared to when they faced the Panthers at home on Dec. 8 and lost 60-53.
The Panthers are still undefeated in conference play at 9-0, and the Cardinals' conference record drops to 6-3 after Tuesday's game.
Prescott's Bella Lenz and SCC's Mia Krogseng each scored 16 points to lead all scorers.
Prescott's Haylee Yaeger and Allie Murphy both put up eight points, Kaelyn Lewis tallied up five points, and McKenna Johnson added four points to the Cardinals' effort.
Prescott gets another shot at claiming their seventh conference win on Friday, Jan. 26 when they host the Somerset Spartans (7-9, 4-5) who lost 59-53 to Osceola on Tuesday night. SCC heads to Amery on Friday for a battle between the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked MBC teams.