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PIERCE COUNTY BASKETBALL ROUND-UP: Ellsworth, Prescott win regional semifinal games

Two Pierce County boys' basketball teams were winners in WIAA regional semifinal action Friday evening.

No. 4 seed Ellsworth snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated No. 5 Maple Northwestern 61-49 at Ellsworth.  No. 2 seeded Prescott walloped No. 7 seed  Amery 67-32 at Prescott.

Nick Taranto had a season-high 22 points and Chrystian Kulow scored 21 points in a combo which proved too much for the Tigers, 15-7 overall, to deal with. EHS built a 35-15 lead at halftime. Will Huppert had six points and 13 rebounds. Evan Klawitter finished with five assists. The Panthers improved to 12-8 overall and will play at No. 1 seed Somerset, 20-3 overall, at Somerset Saturday evening with the tip-off at 7 p.m The Spartans beat No. 8 seeded St. Croix Falls 67-46 in their semifinal game. This it the first time EHS has made a regional final game since 1999.

Prescott, 19-3 overall, will take on No. 3 seeded Barron, 18-5 overall, at Prescott with the tip-off at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears edged No. 6 seeded Baldwin-Woodville 62-60. 

Spring Valley's season came to an end again thanks to Eau Claire Regis, 15-8 overall. The Ramblers' Billy Wampler scored 37 points and teammate Logan Rohrscheib scored 21 which offset the 29 points put up by Valley's Zac Webster in a 65-53 win at Spring Valley, 16-6 overall. Ben Becker scored 13 points for SV. The game was close until midway through the fourth quarter thanks to foul trouble for the Cardinals. Spring Valley was called for 26 fouls. 

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One girls game took place last night. A tired Boyceville squad fell behind Elmwood 11-10 after the first quarter. Although Boyceville outscored 14-4 in the second, the Raiders hung around to only trail 29-18 heading into the final quarter. But there the Bulldogs, 11-10 overall, outscored the Raiders, 1-20 overall, 15-3 to win 44-21. Shelby Hall scored seven points to lead EHS in scoring.