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Girls' basketball: Winning still a norm for Prescott; Spring Valley fights back too little too late

Winning has become a norm for the Prescott Cardinals girls' basketball team that clinched its 11th win of the season on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Prescott's (11-0) 68-50 win against the Division 2 River Falls Wildcats (5-6) was the latest development in the Cardinals' undefeated season.

The Cardinals found themselves down 16-8 at the beginning of Tuesday night's game but used a 15-0 run to claim a 23-16 lead midway through the first half. Prescott went on to mount a 36-28 halftime lead thanks to a few runs that have also become regular occurrences for the Cardinals.

Prescott's head coach Ron Murphy said his team has created an 11-0 or larger run in all 11 of their games so far this season. "We're very mature at times and always find a way to get a quick run," Murphy said.

Another norm for the Cardinals has been the greatness of senior co-captain Haylee Yaeger who led all scorers with 33 points in Tuesday's game. Yaeger also added nine boards to her stat line to lead the Cardinals in rebounding.

Nicole Dalman and Mckenna Johnson both recorded four rebounds for the Cardinals, respectively, but the Wildcats outrebounded the Cardinals 36-31 in the non-conference matchup.

The Cardinals shot 50 percent from the field, while the Wildcats settled with 37 points in their sixth loss of the season. The Cardinals earned 29 free-throw attempts of which they sunk 21. River Falls was 8-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Murphy described River Falls as being a big, physical team with good size, strength and a determination to keep the Cardinals from driving to the basket. But based on Yaeger's 33 points along with Bella Lenz's 19 and Allie Murphy's 9, the Cardinals were up for the challenge presented by their Division 2 opponents.

Lenz added seven assists and three steals to Prescott's win, while Murphy chipped in with three assists and three steals. Tori Benck also assisted two buckets in the Cardinals' win.

"There were moments where they scored against our press, but we sped the game up and kept their two big scorers in check," Murphy added.

The Cardinals held River Falls' Kylie Strop and Bailey Reardon to 15 points apiece on Tuesday night. Strop is averaging 21 points per game this season, while Reardon is making 16 per game her norm.

The Cardinals' steady start to their undefeated season earned recognition from's coaches poll, which listed Prescott as the No. 9-ranked Division 3 team in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Prescott will travel to New Richmond (6-4, 4-2) on Friday, Jan. 11, and will attempt to once again carry out the season norms fans have grown accustomed to.

Boyceville 46, Spring Valley 39

After the Spring Valley girls' basketball team found itself down 22-16 at halftime of their Dunn-St. Croix Conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 8, its players did what they usually do — create a valiant comeback effort.

But once again, the Cardinals' comeback fell short in their 46-39 loss to the Boyceville Bulldogs who outscored their guests 24-23 in the second half.

The Cardinals (1-9, 1-5) were led in scoring by Lexi Johansen who finished with 12 points, while Boyceville's (6-5, 3-3) Rachel Prestrud led all scorers with 14.

Spring Valley will host the Glenwood City Hilltoppers (4-7, 3-3) on Friday, Jan. 11.

Scoring for Spring Valley: Johansen 12; Sandy Bune 9; Maddy Olson 7; Lydia Wittmer 4; Erin Stans 3; Dakota Brooke, Morgan Rustad 2