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Prescott girls top Ellsworth 40-27, now above .500 mark.

Prescott's Katy Syverson gets the ball for a lay-up attempt over Ellsworth's Edin Hines.3 / 8
All Ellsworth players converge on Prescott's Katy Syverson, who takes the running one-handed jumper.4 / 8
Panther white-out.5 / 8
Ellsworth's Chelsy Strom gabs the loose ball after a bad pass and dribbles in the opposite direction.6 / 8
Ellsworth's Shanelle Borth brings the ball up the floor.7 / 8
Ellsworth's Tacia Kuhl tries to shoot before Prescott's Elly Boles can block the shot.8 / 8

The Prescott High School girls' basketball team got over the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 40-27 win at Ellsworth Thursday evening.

PHS's defense was stingy all evening, holding EHS to zero points in the first quarter and just nine in the first half. But the Panthers were able to hang around, only trailing 19-15 midway through the third quarter. But Prescott went on a 14-2 run to close the quarter led in scoring by center Elly Boles. The Cardinal senior had a game-high 17 points and also led the team in rebounds and blocked shots.

Katy Syverson finished with eight points for Prescott. Chelsy Strom and Kelsey Betthauser each had seven points for Ellsworth, which dropped to 1-16 overall, 0-11 in the Middle Border Conference.

Prescott improved to 10-9 overall and 5-7 in the MBC. Prescott is off until next Thursday when they host Durand. Ellsworth's next game is at Somerset on Monday. The Panthers won't be at home again until Feb. 27 for their final regular season game vs. Osceola.