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Basketball recaps: Flom, Motley combine for 54, Williams puts up 20

Ellsworth senior Drake Flom led all scorers with 29 points in his team's 82-59 Thursday, Jan. 25 win over the St. Croix Central Panthers. Photo courtesy of Jon Claesson1 / 2
Zack Williams scored a season high 20 points in Spring Valley's 63-61 victory over Glenwood City on Thursday, Jan. 25. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Thursday, Jan. 25

In a battle of Panther teams, Drake Flom and Alex Motley led their Ellsworth boys basketball team to victory over St. Croix Central on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The two seniors combined for 54 points in the contentious conference game, and helped hold SCC to just 14 second-half points.

The SCC Panthers got off to a 45-39 halftime lead behind the 18 points of junior Peyton Nogal, but Ellsworth outscored its conference opponents 43-14 in the second half for a final score of 82-59 in the purple Panthers' favor.

When asked what the difference was between the first and second halves of play, Flom said the first half "wasn't terrible," that SCC just hit good shots, and that his team struggled with communicating on defense with switching on ball screens and giving up too many second-chance offensive rebounds.

"[In the] second half, we came out as the dangerous team we know we are," Flom said.

The senior said his team improved by sharing the ball, hitting shots that weren't falling in the first half, and by holding SCC to just 14 second-half points.

"It was really cool to see that happen," Flom said. "I was glad to be able to perform well for that game. My shot felt really good, and that's like one of the best feelings."

Flom led all scorers with 29 points, shooting six-for-eight from the field, eight-for-10 from the free-throw line, and three-for-six from three-point range. He also added seven rebounds, three assists and one steal to his stat line.

Motley led the team in rebounding with eight boards, and also tallied up five assists. In addition, he finished with an impressive 25 points to join Flom in the 20-point scoring range.

Logan Benson recorded 19 points, six rebounds, one steal, and once again led Ellsworth in assists with six dimes.

"We're hoping to keep this rolling and to have the team keep this confidence," Flom said.

With the win, Ellsworth is now 11-3 overall and ranked second in Middle Border Conference play with a 6-1 conference record. SCC sits in third with a 5-3 record, and Prescott is at the top of the conference rankings with an undefeated 8-0 MBC record as of Saturday, Jan. 27.

Ellsworth faces Amery (2-6, 4-10) on Tuesday, Jan. 30 before this issue prints.

Also scoring for Ellsworth against SCC: Logan Richards 4, Mason Anderson 3, Zach Nugent 2.

Spring Valley boys basketball 63, Glenwood City 61

SV senior Zack Williams had a memorable game against the Glenwood City Hilltoppers on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The senior led his team in scoring with a season-best 20 points that helped the Cardinals claim a two-point win over the Hilltoppers. Seven of Williams' 20 points came from the free-throw line where he was seven-for-seven.

Williams has been a defensive tool for the Cardinals all season, but the senior proved his offensive worth on Thursday, too.

Aaron Borgerding recorded 16 points in the Cardinals' win, and Dylan Borgerding added 10 points respectively.

The Cardinals have eight games left in the season, all against Dunn-St. Croix Conference teams, and Williams' all-around steady play will be a great asset for SV to make a playoff run.

As of Saturday, Jan. 27, the Cardinals are now 7-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play, which puts them tied for third in the conference with Elk Mound. The Cardinals travel to Mondovi on Friday, Feb. 2 for another chance to improve in the conference rankings.

Also scoring for the Cardinals against Glenwood City: Tyson Kado 8; Mike Bauer 5; Craigen Anderson, Lance McMurrin 2.

Mondovi boys basketball 75, Elmwood/Plum City 43

The EPC Wolves boys basketball team's losing streak was lengthened to three games on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The Wolves shot 27 percent from the field in their 32-point loss to the Buffaloes, and are now 5-8 on the season.

EPC committed 18 turnovers and were outrebounded by Mondovi 41-28.

Luke Baier was once again held to single digits scoring-wise with seven points. Tyler Maxwell led the Wolves in scoring with 14 points. The junior recorded a double-double by adding 11 points to his stat line.

With the loss, the Wolves are sitting at the bottom of the Dunn-St. Croix conference rankings with a 1-6 conference record, which puts them just above Boyceville (1-7) who they face on Friday, Feb. 2.

The Wolves have nine games left in their regular season and will hopefully be able to find more scoring options before tournament time.

Also scoring for the Wolves: Jackson Glampe 8; Zack Phillips 6; Nic Forster, Carson Heath 4.

Noah Gansluckner recorded five assists against the Buffaloes.

Durand girls basketball 75, EPC 45

The Wolves were once again defeated by the No. 4-ranked Division 4 Durand Panthers on Thursday, Feb. 25. When the two teams met on Dec. 8, the Wolves only put up 23 points but nearly doubled their point total in the second meeting of the two teams.

Lexi Diesing led the Wolves in scoring by contributing 13 of EPC's 45 points. She also led the Wolves in rebounding with seven boards. Katie Feuker contributed 12 points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and one block for an all-around sound game.

Durand's Megan Baier led all scorers with 21 points, while Emily Annis added 20 points to the Panthers' win.

The Panthers are now 15-1 and tied for first place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with Colfax. Both teams are 9-1 in conference play.

EPC is currently fifth in the conference with a 3-6 record. They'll be challenged with the other top-ranked Dunn-St.Croix team on Thursday, Feb. 1 when they head to Colfax.

The Wolves also played Boyceville on Friday, Jan. 26, but stats for that game were not submitted before deadline of the Jan. 31 issue of the Herald passed.

Friday, Jan. 26

Somerset girls basketball 91, Prescott 58

The Somerset Spartans connected on 18 three-pointer attempts to pull off an upset against the third-best Middle Border Conference team on Friday, Jan. 26.

The Spartans shot a hot 56 percent from three-point range, and Prescott responded by forcing quick shots, which didn't turn out well for them.

Bella Lenz led the Cardinals with 21 points and five assists. Allie Murphy added 13 points, Haylee Yaeger finished with 11, Mackenzie Cared had 5, Faith Stiles and Kaelyn Lewiss added three each, and McKenna Johnson tallied up two points of her own. Johnson also led the team in rebounding with six boards. Murphy added five rebounds to her team's effort.

Prescott's luck did not improve on Saturday, Jan. 27 when they lost to Cameron 77-67 for their fifth loss in a row, but the Cardinals played much better against the No. 9-ranked Division 4 team, according to head coach Ron Murphy.

Cameron outrebounded Prescott 40-21, which was Murphy's team's biggest problem. Cameron's Carli Wanink was seven-for-nine from the three-point line and finished with 24 points to lead all scorers.

The Cardinals did cause 24 Cameron turnovers to their own 17, but "just couldn't get a run," Murphy said.

Yaeger led the Cardinals with 20 points and seven rebounds. Murphy finished with 19 points and five assists. Lenz added 14 points and six assists.

With the two losses, the Cardinals are now 8-9 and below .500 for the first time this season.

The Cardinals will look to bounce back in February by starting off the month with an away game at Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday, Feb. 1.

New Richmond girls basketball 45, Ellsworth 34

New Richmond used an early second-half run, fueled by two three-pointers, to gain a lead after a 19-19 first half and claim an 11-point win over the Ellsworth Panthers.

According to Ellsworth head coach Jason Janke, NR made enough free throws in the last three minutes of the game to pull away late.

"We played a very poor game offensively, despite some solid defense," Janke said. "Our defense was good enough for us to get a win, but we just did not get it done on offense."

The Panthers shot three-for-nine from the free-throw line, which Janke said exemplified the team's shooting as a whole.

"We must improve on that end to have a strong finish to the season," Janke said.

Kaitlyn Nugent played a solid first half, scoring all 8 of her points in that half, but all other Panther players were unable to get their shooting going consistently.

Autumn Earney fueled a late run and scored 10 points to lead the Panthers' offensive effort overall.

Janke said Aly Reuvers had a good game on the defensive end.

Now 4-11 overall and 1-9 in MBC play, the Panthers are tied for last place with NR. They're sitting right below the 2-6 Osceola team whom they'll face at home on Thursday, Feb. 1.