The Melrose-Mindoro High School girls basketball team has turned in a white-hot January so far. The Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in Division 4 by the Associated Press, have beaten four opponents this month by an average score of 74-24.
The latest opponent to experience the Mustangs’ talent, depth and overall high level of play was Gilmanton, as Melrose-Mindoro coasted to an 84-10 win on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Emily Herzberg led Melrose-Mindoro (15-0, 10-0) with 25 points, while Katie Christopherson added 20 and Erika Simmons nine.
In a 78-23 victory over Eau Claire Immanuel on Thursday, Jan. 18, Simmons finished with a game-high 18 points, while Calette Lockington (13), Emily Herzberg (12), Mesa Byom (11) and Christopherson (10) also reached double figures.
C-FC 67, Blair-Taylor 53
BLAIR — Lexi Schmidtknetcht scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Pirates (10-5, 9-1) past Blair-Taylor in a Dairyland Conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Lexy Peterson added 13 points for C-FC, which outscored the Wildcats (9-7, 7-3) 42-28 in the second half. Danyelle Waldera led Blair-Taylor with 16 points.
Lincoln 63, Alma-Pepin 32
ALMA CENTER – The Hornets continued their hot streak, winning their third straight game by beating Alma-Pepin on Thursday, Jan. 18. Madison Shramek led Lincoln (8-6, 5-4) with 11 points, while Natalie Fischer and Paige Sheffer added nine points apiece. Victoria Johnson added eight points for the Hornets, whose game against Independence on Tuesday, Jan. 23, was postponed.
BRF 70, Mel-Min 40
MELROSE — With one of the area’s top players in Ethan Anderson leading the way, Black River Falls built a 25-point halftime lead, then cruised past Melrose-Mindoro. Anderson scored 15 of his game-high 28 points in the opening half as Black River Falls (10-4) won its sixth consecutive game. It was the 14th game in which Anderson, a 6-foot-4 senior guard/forward, scored 20 or more points. Elliot Bird added 12 points for the Tigers, while Jacob Woods added 10, while Bryce Seiber had nine.
Drew Blaken and Andrew Antony led the Mustangs (8-4) with nine points each. Connor Christopherson added eight points for Melrose-Mindoro.