Girls hoops roundup, playoff matchups

Posted 2/15/22

By Reagan Hoverman All of the high school girls basketball teams in Pierce County were in action this week as all of the local rosters make one final push to gain momentum going into the playoffs in …

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Girls hoops roundup, playoff matchups


By Reagan Hoverman

All of the high school girls basketball teams in Pierce County were in action this week as all of the local rosters make one final push to gain momentum going into the playoffs in the next two weeks.

The Prescott girls basketball team has continued to impress throughout the last week of games. The Cardinals improved to 15-7 for the season, including a conference-best 10-2 record in Middle Border play after a 68-49 victory at home against Somerset on Friday, Feb. 11.

Less than two weeks ago, Prescott, Altoona, Ellsworth and Baldwin-Woodville all had a great shot to win the conference championship. Now, Prescott can secure the conference title by winning its last two games of the season. The first is on the road against Baldwin-Woodville and the second at home against the Highway 10 rival Ellsworth Panthers.

Perhaps the best aspect of Prescott’s roster is the evenly dis- GIRLS HOOPS

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tributed scoring between several players. Katrina Budworth leads the roster in scoring with 14.9 points per game, Lila Posthuma is the second leading scorer with 11 points per game and Isabel Matzek is third with 10.3 points per game.

The balanced offensive attack for Prescott has contributed to the successful regular season with less than one week remaining before the playoffs begin. Up next for the Cardinals is the aforementioned road game against Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

Elmwood/Plum City falls to Colfax 60-48

The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves will finish the 2021-22 regular season in the middle of the conference standings, after losing to Colfax 60-48 on Monday, Feb. 14, in Elmwood.

Colfax has put together an incredible season and has been nearly unbeatable in Dunn-St. Croix Conference action this year, compiling 12 wins in 13 total conference games. As for the Wolves, head coach Adam Sticht’s squad is 7-6 in conference play with one game remaining in the regular season.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Wolves will travel to Colfax to play the Vikings for the second time in four days to complete the conference schedule. After that, the Wolves will host a Tuesday night, Feb. 22, WIAA Regional game against Mondovi, a team that also plays in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.

In their two meetings this year, Elmwood/Plum City and Mondovi split. The first game was on Friday, Dec. 17, when the Wolves went to Mondovi and left with a 39-38 victory. The second meeting of the season was on Thursday, Feb. 3, when the Wolves hosted Mondovi in a game Elmwood/Plum City lost 46-50.

The Tuesday night, Feb. 22, WIAA Regional game will serve as the rubber match for the season and will advance the winning team to the second round of the playoffs. That game will begin at 7 p.m.

River Falls struggles against Menomonie in 75-38 loss

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the soon-to-be Big Rivers Conference champion Menomonie Mustangs came to River Falls and gave the Wildcats a 75-38 loss that dropped River Falls to 6-16 overall and 2-11 in the conference.

It’s been a tough season for a young River Falls Wildcats team, especially in a tough Big Rivers Conference which contains Menomonie, Rice Lake, Eau Claire Memorial and Hudson, all teams above .500 for the season and well above .500 in conference play.

The Mustangs took a 23-14 lead into the halftime intermission over the hometown Wildcats. However, in the second half, Menomonie not only dominated River Falls but continued to run up the score late in the half when the game had already been decided.

The next game on the schedule for River Falls is a road game on Friday, Feb. 18, when the Wildcats travel to Chippewa Falls to take on the Cardinals, the only team with an inferior conference record (1-12) to the Wildcats this season. That game will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Spring Valley girls fall to Saint Croix Central 49-31

Similar to the River Falls girls, the Spring Valley girls basketball team has also had a season of struggles, which continued on Monday, Feb. 14, at home against Saint Croix Central.

The 49-31 loss dropped Spring Valley to 6-17 for the season, including a 3-10 record in Dunn-St. Croix Conference games, which was unaffected by the non-conference loss to Saint Croix Central.

While the regular season hasn’t gone according to plan for Spring Valley, there is one regular season game remaining on Thursday, Feb. 17, which is a home game against Elk Mound. However, the most important game of the season for Spring Valley is on Tuesday, Feb. 22, on the road against Fall Creek in the WIAA Regional first-round game.

Fall Creek has a 15-8 record this season, which includes a 9-5 record in the Cloverbelt-West Conference standings. That firstround playoff game between Spring Valley and Fall Creek is slated to begin at 7 p.m.