By Reagan Hoverman
The local girls basketball teams are approximately halfway through the 2021-22 basketball season and as the regular season rolls on, certain teams are beginning to adjust their expectations for the remainder of the year based on how the first two months have gone.
Perhaps no team has changed its expectations more than the Prescott Cardinals. Before the year during the winter sports previews, Prescott head coach Joan Korfhage stated that after graduating four impactful seniors, that it was going to be a season of rebuilding.
Fast-forward to the second week of January and suddenly Korfhage’s roster is in the middle of a battle for a Middle Border Conference championship. As of Monday, Jan. 10, Prescott is 8-4 overall which includes a 4-1 record in Middle Border Conference play. Prescott is in sole possession of second place in the conference standings, trailing only Baldwin-Woodville which currently holds an undefeated 4-0 record.
The Cardinals of Prescott have relied heavily on the play of Katrina Budworth and Lila Posthuma, two players who are either leading or near the top of every statistical category for Prescott. Budworth is averaging 15 points per game, which is first on the team, and Posthuma is averaging 9.9 points per game, the third-best on the team.
Posthuma leads the team in rebounds per game with 8.3 and she is also second on the team in assists per game with three per contest. Their play has helped Prescott avoid what Korfhage rightly assumed was going to be a rebuilding year. There is no bigger game on the schedule than that of Friday, Jan. 14, when conference-leading Baldwin-Woodville travels to Prescott to compete in a game that in all likelihood will decide the conference champion.
That Friday night contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Prescott High School.
Spring Valley girls fall to Osceola 69-23
It was a tough night for the Spring Valley girls basketball team on Monday, Jan. 10. The Cardinals traveled to Osceola to compete against a strong Middle Border Conference Chieftain team that proved to have too much firepower for Spring Valley to overcome.
With the defeat, the Cardinals drop to 5-6 for the season. Despite being under .500 overall, Spring Valley is 2-2 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference action, which is approximately middle of the pack. As of Monday, Spring Valley and every other team in the conference is chasing Colfax, which leads the standings with a perfect 5-0 record in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play and an impressive 12-1 overall record.
Mara Ducklow has been one of the biggest bright spots for the Cardinals. She is averaging 15.4 points per game approximately two months into the season and has been given the responsibility of the primary scoring load for the team.
In addition to Ducklow, Halle Thomas has also been a consistent force, both offensively and defensively. Thomas is averaging seven points per game as well as 9.8 rebounds per game. If Spring Valley is to climb the conference standings in the coming weeks, Ducklow and Thomas will be critical to the Cardinals’ success. Durand defeats Elmwood/Plum City 49-32
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves are in a similar position to that of Spring Valley. The Wolves currently hold a 4-5 overall record which includes a 2-2 record in Dunn-St. Croix Conference games.
With only approximately half of the games remaining on the schedule, it will be nearly impossible for the Wolves to catch Colfax in the conference title race – barring any kind of significant collapse by Colfax.
The Thursday night, Jan. 6, game for the Wolves was a home contest against Durand. The Wolves were outscored 32-16 in the first half by a Durand squad that got out to a hot start. In the second half, the Wolves got outscored 17-16 and played much better. However, the halftime deficit was too much to overcome as the Wolves fell 49-32 on their home floor.
Leading the charge for Elmwood/Plum City was Maggie Glaus, who finished the game with 13 points. The second-leading scorer was Isabella Forster who finished with eight points. Glaus’ 13 from the floor was on par with her scoring average for the season. She’s the team’s leading scorer with 13.5 points per game.
On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Elmwood/Plum City will have a game on the road against Boyceville, a team that has an 0-4 conference record. With a win, the Wolves would jump into third place in the standings ahead of Friday night’s big home game against Colfax.
If the Wolves want any chance at a conference title, they will have to win both games this week to get back into the hunt. Both of the aforementioned games are slated to begin at 7:15 p.m.