Prescott junior co-captain Parker Nielsen recorded 38 points against the River Falls Wildcats on Monday, Feb. 11, and every single Nielsen point was necessary in Prescott's one-point win over their Division 2 guests.
After trailing 29-26 at halftime, the Cardinals produced a 35-point second half to defeat the Wildcats by a slim 61-60 margin.
Nielsen shot 7 of 8 from the field, 9 of 11 from the free-throw line and 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. He also contributed five points, two assists and two steals to his team's win.
Brian Tayson was the only other Cardinal who managed to score more than five points in the Monday matchup. Tayson shot 4-for-8 from the field and 2-for-5 from 3-point range in his 14-point night.
Jacob Doffing was held to five points against the Wildcats, while Mitch Schommer and Dylan Malmlov both added two points to their team's victory. Schommer's two points came on a game-winning layup off of perfect basket cut in the final three seconds of Monday's game.
Joe Lubich didn't score Monday night but matched Nielsen's five boards to lead his team in rebounding.
"We knew going in it was going to be a very physical game," Prescott's head coach Nick Johnson said. "River Falls is a very strong and athletic team and they play some of the best man-to-man defense we've seen all season. We handled the pressure well and made big plays when we needed to. We also found ways to get big stops down the stretch. It was an overall great win beating a very good River Falls team."
The Cardinals' Tuesday, Feb. 12, game in Amery was postponed to Saturday, Feb. 16, due to the heavy snow that swept Western Wisconsin on Tuesday. The Cardinals will return to play on Thursday, Feb. 14, when they travel to Osceola.
Ellsworth 63, Somerset 48
The Ellsworth Panthers played their first game in 12 days on Monday night, and held another opponent to less than 50 points.
Though the Somerset Spartans outscored the Panthers 32-24 in the second half of play, their comeback was hindered by their low-scoring,16-point first half.
Ellsworth was led in scoring by senior co-captain Logan Benson who finished with 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field and 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. Benson also finished as Ellsworth's top rebounder, distributor and defender after he added 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals to his stat line.
Mason Anderson and Erik Lange added 14 and 11 points to Ellsworth's conference win while the Spartans were led in scoring by William Piletich who recorded 11 points on the night.
Despite the win, the Panthers did committ one more turnover than Somerset in their 20-turnover victory.
Ellsworth's Tuesday night game against New Richmond was postponed to Saturday, Feb. 16, but the Panthers will resume play on Friday, Feb. 15, when they travel to Osceola.