Basketball roundup: Prescott, SV in search of first wins
Rebounds and limited trips to the free throw line were what defeated the Cardinals in their season opener.
The Prescott girls basketball team dropped their first game of the 2017-18 season 50-57 to the St. Croix Falls Saints on Tuesday, Nov. 21 after leading 24-18 at half.
The Saints outrebounded the Cardinals 41-28, and were 15-25 from the charity stripe while Prescott finished three of three in free throws.
According to Prescott head coach Ron Murphy, the Cardinals faced a few defensive lapses in the second half, which gave the Saints a 10-point lead late in the game. Prescott managed to cut the deficit to three points, but St. Croix Falls' free throws secured them the nonconference win.
The Cardinals were led in scoring by junior guard Allie Murphy and freshman guard Bella Lenz who both added 14 points to their team's effort. Murphy also contributed six assists and four rebounds, while Lenz and senior Katie Miller added three steals apiece.
Junior post player Haylee Yaeger led the Cardinals with nine rebounds, and contributed 12 points, respectively.
"Overall I was pleased with the pace we played," coach Murphy said, "but we have to play better defensively."
Clear Lake 69, Spring Valley 37
Clear Lake's Julianna Rosen put up 30 points in her team's 69-37 victory against the 0-2 Spring Valley Cardinals on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Maggie Rosen added 17 points to Clear Lake's win.
Eight Cardinals players managed to score in Tuesday night's game, but none were able to score double-digit totals.
Lydia Wittmer led Spring Valley with nine points. Seniors Tessa Cipriano and Brianna O'Brien combined for 13 points, while Maddy Olson (4), Alyxis Johansen (3), Camryn Wegener (3), Larissa Stark (3) and Brenna Schreiber (2) covered the Cardinals' remaining 15 points.