Boys' basketball: Benson joins the 1,000 point club
The Ellsworth Panthers boys' basketball team's Friday, Dec. 29, game against the Mounds View Mustangs didn't end the way the Panthers had hoped, but it did come with a consolation that reduced the pain of the 17-point loss.
Ellsworth (4-3, 3-0) senior co-captain Logan Benson recorded his 1,000th career point on the Mustangs' home court during his 27-point performance. The four-year varsity player was just nine points shy of hitting the scoring milestone prior to Friday's game, and his achievement came on a midrange fadeaway.
"It was exciting and a cool thing to accomplish," Benson said. "I've been lucky to get to play with some great players and under great coaching staffs that have helped me get this point in my high school career."
Benson added 15 rebounds, two assists and a steal to his Friday stat line and is now averaging 28.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in his senior season.
Mounds View (6-5) claimed a 75-58 win on Friday and was led in scoring by Dylan Wheeler who recorded 21 points for the Mustangs. Ellsworth's other senior co-captains Erik Lange and Cole Woodland finished with nine points each, respectively.
Friday's loss ended the Panthers' four-game win streak, but they'll look to begin a new streak on Thursday, Jan. 3, when they host the Ashland Oredockers (7-2).
Scoring for the Panthers: Benson 27; Lange, Woodland 9; Mason Anderson 7; Ivan Mendez, Shane Lange 3.
Prescott 69, Hastings 45
The Prescott Cardinals bounced back during Day 2 of the Hastings Holiday Tournament on Friday, Dec. 29, by claiming a decisive win over the Hastings Raiders and a third-place finish at the Raiders' tournament.
After coming up short against Stillwater on Thursday, Dec. 28, Brian Tayson and Jacob Doffing provided the Cardinals with answers and 44 combined points. Tayson led all scorers with 23 points — along with Hastings' Isaac Rabaey — and Doffing followed suit with 21. Tayson shot 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range, while Doffing was 10-for-16 from the field and added 15 rebounds for a double-double in his team's sixth win of the season.
Starting point guard Dylan Malmlov added 13 points and a team-high seven assists to his team's win.
The Cardinals (6-3, 2-2) will travel to St. Croix Central (3-3, 1-2) on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and are poised to welcome back junior Parker Nielsen who's in the final stages of recovering from his sidelining knee surgery.
Scoring for the Cardinals: Tayson 23, Doffing 21, Malmlov 13, Joe Lubich 7, Hunter Daymond 3, Mason Holte 2.
Richland Center 55, Spring Valley 47
The Spring Valley Cardinals' statistics from their Friday, Dec. 29, loss to Richland Center (6-3) have not been submitted.
The Cardinals (5-4, 3-0) will attempt to carry on their undefeated Dunn-St. Croix Conference record when they host the Elk Mound Mounders (3-5, 2-1) on Friday, Jan. 4.