NEW RICHMOND, Wis. -- The New Richmond girls basketball team went into Tuesday night’s showdown with Prescott one game behind the Cardinals in the Middle Border Conference standings. They ended up playing from behind most of the night in a 59-44 loss.

The Tigers bounced back with a 38-24 victory at Osceola Friday night, Jan. 22, to remain in second place in the MBC with a record of 8-2 (10-3 overall).

Tuesday night Prescott jumped out to a 36-21 halftime lead and held off the Tigers in the second half to improve to 9-0 in MBC play, 12-2 overall.

New Richmond coach Chad Eggert said 16 untimely turnovers ultimately cost the Tigers.

“Our half court defense was very good,” he said. “But we struggled with our transition defense and had too many live ball turnovers that led to points.”

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Leah DeYoung led New Richmond with 15 points and five rebounds and Barb Kling scored 14 points while Brooke Blaszczyk finished with six points and four rebounds. Gabby Aune scored four points and made five steals on defense.

The Tigers went into Friday night’s game at Osceola two players short due to concussions, but Eggert said the defense stepped up and held the Chieftains to just eight field goals in a 38-24 win.

“Delaney Brown, Brooklyn Jackson and Makayla Langeness stepped up and played valuable minutes,” he noted. “Our defense was again the key to winning as we continue to struggle putting the ball in the basket consistently.”

Kling led the Tigers with 11 points and seven rebounds and DeYoung scored nine points while Brown and Blaszczyk contributed seven points each. Blaszczyk also had seven rebounds and four assists in the win.

The Tigers visited St. Croix Central Tuesday, Jan. 26, and will travel to Somerset Friday, Jan. 29 before a rematch with Prescott Monday, Feb. 1, at Prescott.

In other Middle Border Conference girls’ action last week St. Croix Central dropped a pair of games to Ellsworth, 65-44, Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Ellsworth and 61-25 Thursday, Jan. 21, at home before dropping a 56-23 decision at Baldwin-Woodville Saturday, Jan. 23. Somerset lost to Baldwin-Woodville 43-38 last Monday, Jan. 18, before seeing its game at Amery Saturday, Jan. 23, postponed.

After hosting New Richmond Tuesday night, Jan. 26, St. Croix Central will travel to Prescott Thursday, Jan. 28 while Somerset, now 8-7 overall, 5-4 in the MBC, will host New Richmond Friday, Jan. 29 and Baldwin-Woodville Monday, Feb 1.