With less than three games left in their regular season, the Ellsworth Panthers failed to play with a sense of urgency against the St. Croix Central Panthers on Friday, Feb. 8, in their 44-28 loss.
Kolbi Juen scored 11 of her game-high 13 points in the first half to lead SCC (4-15, 3-9) over visiting Ellsworth (5-14, 2-10) on Friday, Feb. 8. Meanwhile, Ellsworth could not find the basket throughout the night, missing five early shots from close range that seemed to set the tone.
A decidedly defensive game saw the home take control at the 12-minute mark of the second half. After an Autumn Earney 3-pointer cut the SCC lead to 25-19, Ellsworth could get no closer. The hosts made all nine of their free throws in the second half to ensure victory.
Ellsworth's head coach Jason Janke said he believes his team's early poor shooting set the tone for the night, and that he was displeased to see his team record twice as many fouls as their opponent once again.
"It was a disappointing game from our perspective," Janke said. "Give SCC credit; they outplayed us in every aspect of the game."
Ellsworth received the No. 11 seed in the WIAA Division 3 Sectional 1 girls' basketball playoff bracket and will face No. 6 Baldwin-Woodville (10-9, 8-5) on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the first round of regionals. Prior to playoff play, Ellsworth will host the Prescott Cardinals on Monday, Feb. 10, and will play host again on Thursday, Feb. 14, when the Somerset Spartans come to town for their final regular season game of the season.
Scoring for Ellsworth: Earney 9; Kaitlyn Nugent 6; Olivia Lynner, Lily Puhrmann, Claire Straub 3; Brianna Giese, Emma Swanson 2.
Boyceville 45, Spring Valley 37
After trailing 19-17 at halftime, the Spring Valley Cardinals were outscored 26-20 in their Dunn-St. Croix Conference matchup against the Boyceville Bulldogs on Friday, Feb. 8.
Boyceville's Emma Ouellette was the game's leading scorer after recording 14 points against the Cardinals (3-14, 2-10). Spring Valley's Lexi Johansen recorded 12 points to lead the home team.
Eight Cardinal players made scoring contributions in Friday night's DSC matchup, but their 37-point scoring night wasn't enough to reign in the Bulldogs (9-8, 6-5).
The Cardinals received a No. 11 seed in the WIAA Division 4 Sectional 1 girls' basketball playoff bracket and will face No. 6 Cochrane-Fountain City (8-11) on Tuesday, Feb. 19. They'll wrap up their regular season on Thursday, Feb. 14, when they travel to Glenwood City (5-13, 4-8).
Glenwood City 46, Elmwood/Plum City 37
Elmwood/Plum City's Friday, Feb. 8, stats were not submitted prior to the Feb. 13 edition of the Herald.
The Wolves (1-17, 0-11) received a No. 16 seed in the WIAA Division 5 Sectional 3 bracket and will face No. 1 Eleva-Strum (10-3) on Tuesday, Feb. 19.