Drake Flom has set a new standard in the Ellsworth basketball record books.
Flom became Ellsworth's all-time leading scorer on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Panthers' 79-62 win over the Somerset Spartans (5-13, 2-8).
The Ellsworth senior said he was completely surprised he had passed the former record in Thursday night's game.
"Honestly, I didn't even have a clue what the record was from the start," Flom said. "Coach [Dahl] announced it after the game, and I became very emotional, which is odd since I'm not usually like that, but deep down I truly knew how much this meant to me."
Flom finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist in the Middle Border Conference game.
"I'm so grateful for all the kind comments I've been receiving from people around the community," Flom said. "I'm humbled to be in the position I'm in."
Flom's teammate, Alex Motley, led all scorers with 33 points. Motley also recorded 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks for his first double-double of the season. Motley is now averaging 20.5 points per game as Ellsworth's leading scorer.
Logan Benson also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The junior forward also added seven assists, two steals and one block to his stat line.
The Panthers (15-3, 9-1) only led by five at halftime, but outscored the Spartans 50-38 at halftime to claim their ninth MBC win of the season.
Ellsworth is in second place in conference rankings with a 9-1 record just behind the 11-0 Prescott Cardinals (17-2, 11-0) who they'll see on Monday, Feb. 19. Ellsworth travels to New Richmond (7-12, 6-5) on Tuesday, Feb. 13 then hosts Osceola (9-8, 4-6) on Friday, Feb. 16 before their conference showdown on the Cardinals' home court.
Scoring for the Panthers: Motley 33; Flom 20; Benson 14; Logan Richards 4; Mason Anderson, Erik Lange, Zach Nugent, Cole Woodland 2.
Durand 47, Spring Valley 38
The Spring Valley Cardinals came up short in their attempt to hand the Durand Panthers (14-4, 11-0) their first conference loss of the season on Thursday, Feb. 8.
The Panthers outscored the Cardinals 24-15 in the first half of play, but both teams settled at 23 points in the second half for a final score of 47-38 in Durand's favor.
Spring Valley's leading scorers, Aaron Borgerding and Dylan Bosshart, led all scorers with 13 points apiece, but no other Cardinal player scored more than three points in the conference matchup.
Kobe Humphrey finished with 12 points as Durand's leading scorer.
The Cardinals are now in fourth place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings with a 5-5 conference record. They have four more chances to improve their conference ranking. The Cardinals host Elk Mound (9-9, 7-3) on Tuesday, Feb. 13, then take on the EPC Wolves (6-11, 1-9) at home on Friday, Feb. 16. They head to Elk Mound on Monday, Feb. 19, then close out the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Boyceville (5-13, 2-9).
Scoring for the Cardinals: Borgerding, Bosshart 13; Tyson Kado, Zack Williams 3; Craigen Anderson, Mike Bauer, Lance McMurrin 2.
Elk Mound 59, Elmwood/Plum City 42
The EPC Wolves lost to the No. 2-ranked Dunn-St. Croix Conference Elk Mound team on Thursday, Feb. 8, but only trailed the Mounders by four at halftime.
The Wolves outrebounded the Mounders 45-37, but committed over twice as many turnovers (13-6) than the host team.
Luke Baier led all scorers with 19 points and was the only Wolves player to score over five points. Baier also recorded 13 rebounds for a double-double against the Mounders.
Noah Gansluckner led EPC in rebounding with 15 boards, while Nic Forster tallied up five assists as EPC's top distributor.
Ben Lambele led the Mounders' offense with 13 points.
The Mounders shot 42.9 percent from the three-point line while the Wolves recorded a 25 percent three-point shooting percentage.
EPC still sits at the bottom of the conference with a 1-9 record, one game behind the Boyceville Bulldogs.
The Wolves face the injured Colfax (9-9, 6-4) team on Saturday, Feb. 10 then see the Vikings again on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Scoring for the Wolves: Baier 19; Tyler Maxwell, Zack Phillips 5; Carson Heath 4; Robert Brunner 3; Gansluckner, Jackson Glampe, Forster 2.
Scoring for the Mounders: Lambele 13; Blake Rosenthal 10; Dylan Curry 8; Ryan Mohr 6; Brett Lew 5; Dylan Black, Nate Lew, Conner Mavis, Brandon Redwine, Colton Ward 3; Nathaniel Schreiber 2.