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PIERCE COUNTY BOYS BASKETBALL ROUND-UP: Panthers bounce back by bouncing NR

The Ellsworth High School boys' basketball team recovered from Tuesday close loss against Prescott by walloping New Richmond at home Friday 77-56. It's the first series sweep Ellsworth has had over NR since the school rejoined the Middle Border Conference from the Big Rivers in 2002.

Ellsworth ripped off a 26-12 second quarter run which put the game comfortably in their favor. Guard Chrystian Kulow scored a season-high 29 points, including eight of the Panthers 10 three-pointers. Evan Klawitter and Will Huppert both finished with 11 points each for EHS, who improve to 7-5 overall, 6-2 in the Middle Border Conference.

EHS is still two games behind Prescott in the league standings. PHS stayed unbeaten in the MBC at 9-0 after 62-55 win at Baldwin-Woodville Friday. The Cardinals had three players in double figures led by Charlie Tayson and Clay Seifert's 17 points. Teammate Michael Brookshaw finished with 10 points. The Cards are now 14-2 overall.

Over in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, Plum City continued its move up the league standings after edging St. Croix Central in Hammond Friday evening 47-43. PC outscored SCC 14-7 in the third quarter for a 33-27 lead they held on tight to despite a Central rally in the fourth. Alex Boyer had 14 points to lead the Blue Devils in scoring. He was one of eight PC players to score two or more points. Nash Gilles finished with nine points. Plum City improves to 6-4 in the D-SC and now hits the .500 mark at 6-6 overall.

There was clear separation between the top of the D-SC and the rest of the league last night when Mondovi crushed Spring Valley 72-44 in Mondovi. Valley led early but were outscored 38-16 in the second half. Zac Webster scored 20 points for the Cardinals but no one else had more than seven points.  The Buffaloes had four players in double figures by contrast. Mondovi is now 10-1 in the conference, just one back of No. 6 ranked Elk Mound's perfect 11-0 record. SV meanwhile is four full games back in the standings at 6-3, tied with Colfax. They are 9-3 overall.