MELROSE — The Melrose-Mindoro High School girls basketball team garnered some state-wide respect this week as the unbeaten Mustangs are ranked second in Division 4 in the first Associated Press girls basketball poll.

The Mustangs went out and showed why on Tuesday, Jan. 9, as coach Joey Arneson’s team defeated Independence 67-39, pushing its overall record to 13-0 and Dairyland mark to 8-0.

Erika Simmons led the Mustangs, who led 36-17 at the half, with 15 points. Melrose-Mindoro’s balanced attack also featured 11 points apiece from Emily Herzberg, Katie Christopherson and Mesa Byom.

Melrose-Mindoro’s next game is Jan. 18 when it hosts Eau Claire Immanuel.

Blair-Taylor 70, Eleva-Strum 65

ELEVA, Wis. — Sam Fuselier scored a team-high 18 points while teammate Lauren Kidd added 13 for the Wildcats, who withstood a 48-point second half by the Cardinals in a Jan. 9 game.

Marlee Nehring, McKenna Nebring and Danyelle Waldera each added 10 points for Blair-Taylor.

Boys Basketball

Mel-Min 79, Blair-Taylor 58

BLAIR, Wis. — Drew Blaken scored a game-high 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to power the Mustangs (8-3, 7-0) in a Jan. 9 Dairyland Conference game.

Brett Gerdes added 13 points for the Mustangs, while Tom Polenz finished with 12.

Isaac Nerby and Josh Olson led Blair-Taylor (4-5, 1-4) with 11 points each.

Girls Hockey

St. Croix Fusion 4, BRF/Tomah 3

Khloe Spors scored two first-period goals, including one being the short-handed variety, to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead after the first period of a Jan. 9 game. The Fusion stormed back with three goals in a seven-minute span of the third period to earn the win.

Boys Hockey

BRF 5, DeForest 4

Nathan Johnson scored game-winner at the 16-minute, 40-second mark as Black River Falls beat DeForest to push its overall record to 8-7. Jacob Meek came up big for the Tigers, too, scoring two third-period goals. Matt Collins added a goal and three assists for Black River Falls, while Ryan Engebretson also scored.