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Ellsworth boys basketball team ready to play again

The Ellsworth High School boys basketball team has only played on game in the last three weeks, a 70-67 loss to Somerset back on Jan. 9.

The weather cancelled two of those games. And on top of those frustrations, the Panthers have a two-game losing streak which evened their overall record at 4-4.

But EHS is still 4-1 in the Middle Border Conference and still in the picture for the league title. They hope to stay in that frame with tonight's home game vs. Baldwin-Woodville.

Prescott leads the league at 6-0 and plays at Amery tonight. If both Pierce County teams win it sets up the showdown between the teams on Tuesday in Ellsworth, the reschedule contest from Jan. 7.

Amery is winless in league play at 0-6 (4-7 overall) while B-W is 3-3 (4-6 overall).

"The guys want to play," Ellsworth head coach Corey Enberg said. "It's been frustrating not to play because I know the guys were really looking forward to playing Prescott at the time but there's nothing we can do about the weather. We just move on to get ready for the next game and now that time has arrived."

To break the losing streak, Enberg says the Panthers need better team play. While the time away from competition may have been frustrating, it's also provided time for the Purple to fix their problems and help integrate 6-7 center Will Huppert back into the starting line-up. He had missed the first half of the season due to injury. Against the Spartans he scored 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

"Our practices recently have been very good and hopefully it will lead to good play and ultimately wins in our upcoming ballgames." Enberg said. "We have very good personnel and now is the time to show it."

For a team that wants to play Ellsworth will have plenty of games to go through. Tomorrow EHS is at Pine Island, Minn. for a varsity doubleheader with the Ellsworth girls team. The boys game is at 1 p.m. and the girls play at 2:30 p.m.

Also on tap in boys basketball this weekend, Pierce County's Dunn-St. Croix Conference teams will look bounce back from butual beatdowns they've endured this week on Saturday. Spring Valley hosts Glenwood City, which has won two straight games; Boyceville is at Plum City and Elmwood is at Elk Mound.

In D-SC girls action this evening, Plum City hosts St. Croix Central while Spring Valley is at home to take on Mondovi. Prescott's girls team will also be on the hatrdwood as they host New Richmond. Boys' State Coaches' Poll: Girls' State Coaches' Pill:

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