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Defense leads Prescott boys to sectional finals after beating Somerset

Prescott's Clay Seifert slices through the lane fore the up and under shot in the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal game vs. Somerset at New Richmond.3 / 4
Somerset's jack Emmert tries to avoid the defensive trap of Prescott defenders Mike Brookshaw and Clay Seifert (23)4 / 4

NEW RICHMOND - Prescott defeated Somerset 44-40 in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal contest Thursday.

PHS's Michael Brookshaw led his team in scoring with 14 points and made a key steal on Somerset's Gaelin Elmore with under :30 seconds remaining. Elmore tried to get the ball back but committed his fifth foul in the process. Brookshaw's two free-throws sealed the win. He had missed two free-throwa just a half-minute earlier.

"I wanted another chance," Brookshaw said. "I just forgot about the last two misses and told myself I had to make these and I did."

Alex Helmer finished with 11 points and Charlie Tayson had 10 points for the Cardinals, 21-3 overall. Teammate Clay Seifert added nine points. 

Elmore rallied the Spartans from down five at 29-24 to put SHS ahead 32-30 late in the third quarter by scoring six of his 16 points. He had to sit out half of the second quarter with two fouls.  He picked up his third foul on a charging call.

Only four players scored for each team. Jack Emmert finished with 11 points for the Spartans (21-4) and Heaven Hunt had 10 points. Prescott's defense, for the ninth time in 11 games, held an opponent below 50 points.

"To hold a team with the scorers they have to just 40 points tells me our defense deserves a lot of kudos," PHS head coach Nick Johnson said.

PHS will play in the sectional finals Saturday against No. 3 ranked Elk Mound (24-1), who defeated defending sectional champions La Crosse Aquinas (17-8) 48-41. Prescott lost to Elk Mound earlier this season 50-47.  Tip-off time is being reported at 1 p.m. at Eau Claire North High School. This is the furthest PHS has advanced in the tournament since 1976.

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