Girls basketball: Rupakus leads EPC in win over SV
The Elmwood/Plum City girls basketball team was taken down by the Elk Mound Mounders on Tuesday, Feb. 6 despite a 19-point performance from the Wolves' own Rowan Rupakus.
Rupakus shot 5-for-8 from behind the arc and was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line to lead the Wolves (8-12, 5-8) in scoring against the third-best Dunn-St. Croix Mounders team (16-4, 10-3).
Elk Mound led 38-28 at the half and went on to win by 24 in their 83-59 victory.
Lexi Diesing nearly recorded a double-double against the Mounders with 11 rebounds and nine points. Ellie Funk also finished with nine points and added six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal to her stat line.
Alyssa Peterson also finished with four assists to join Funk as a top distributor in Tuesday night's game.
Scoring for the Wolves: Rupakus 19; Diesing, Funk 9; Katie Feuker 8; Tayler Whipple 7; Peterson 4; Hannak Feuker 2; Jessica Martin 1.
Durand 74, Spring Valley 23
The top Dunn-St. Croix team held Spring Valley to just 23 points on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
The Durand Panthers (19-1, 12-1) didn't hold back on either side of the court against the Cardinals (1-19, 0-13) as Durand put up 74 points and held SV's leading scorer, Lexi Johansen, to just two points.
Durand's Emily Annis was the night's top scorer with 17 points. Annis' teammates, Bridget Myers and Emma Hansen, both recorded 12 points against the Cardinals.
SV senior Brianna O'Brien led the Cardinals in scoring with 11 points.
Scoring for the Cardinals: O'Brien 11; Brenna Schreiber 4; Tessa Cipriano 3; Johansen, Shye Klatt 2; Jasmine Ortner 1.
Scoring for the Panthers: Annis 17; Hansen, Myers 12; Megan Baier 9; Hannah Prissel 8; Brooke Polzer 5; Jaylynn Harschlip 3; Libby Adler, Sarah Dunbar, Josie Radle 2; McKenna Hurlburt, Katelyn Schlosser 1.
EPC 68, Spring Valley 55
The two Pierce County Dunn-St. Croix teams faced off on Friday, Feb. 9 for their second meeting of the season.
The Cardinals had three players score in double digits for the first time all season, but the Wolves handled the home team early on with a 27-22 halftime lead.
Johansen led all scorers with 20 points, and Rupakus was EPC's offensive leader once again with 18 points.
“We were fortunate to get off to a fast start with Rowan Rupakus hitting four three pointers in the first half to lead the charge,” EPC’s head coach Shaughn Laehn said. “The game was closer than the 68-55 final shows, and our making 24-32 from the free throw line was the difference. Spring Valley has definitely improved since our last meeting.”
Brianna O'Brien (13) and Camryn Wegener (10) were the other two SV players to reach the double-digit mark.
Both teams have just two games before they enter into the playoffs. EPC will face Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran on Monday, Feb. 12 then host Glenwood City on Thursday, Feb. 14 before taking on Royal in the first round of playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
The Cardinals have Saint Croix Central at home on Monday, Feb. 12 and travel to Boyceville on Thursday, Feb. 14. They've been assigned to playing Cameron (15-4) in the first round of playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 20.