ONALASKA — Ethan Anderson has been known to light up a scoreboard. The 6-foot-4 senior from Black River Falls entered Friday night’s showdown against Onalaska Luther leading the Coulee Conference in scoring. But he left the home crowd of in awe when he dropped 48 points — the most in a single game in the area this season — against the Knights to help lead Black River Falls to a 76-63 victory, its third straight win.
Anderson — who entered Friday’s game averaging just more than 27 points per game — was 14-for-26 from the field, 12-for-17 from inside the arc and an eye-popping 18-for-18 from the free-throw line. Anderson admitted that during warmups he didn’t have a great feeling for his outside shot — he finished 2-for-8 from beyond the arc — and that’s why he made it a focal point to drive the lane.
“I actually felt pretty bad in warm-ups to be honest,” said Anderson, who has now scored more than 30 points in four games and has scored at least 20 in every game this season. “I just found my rhythm going to the hoop. My outside shot wasn’t very consistent.
“I tried getting into the lane and getting to the free-throw line. I was just trying to make winning plays for my team.”
Anderson played all 36 minutes for the Tigers (6-4, 3-1) and the Knights tried face guarding him, trying their best not to allow him to touch the ball, but Anderson’s teammates got him open and Anderson capitalized.
“The guys were great,” Anderson said. “They worked hard to get me open and we played great defense in the second half. It was truly a team effort.”
Emery Byus was the one trying to match Anderson, scoring a team-high 28 on 11-for-22 shooting from the field, but the Knights (5-5, 3-1) shot just 10-for-43 (23.3 percent) from the field in the second half.
Tomah 49, Sparta 44
SPARTA — A 10-point second half from Kyle Kroener powered Tomah (7-2, 2-1) to rally from a 23-20 halftime deficit. Josh Dahlke added all nine of his points in the second half as well.
Trevor Shutter led the Timberwolves with 15 points.
Sparta ran out to its halftime lead using no free throws and three 3-pointers, two from Alex Burke, who finished with three 3-pointers and 11 points.
West Salem 62, G-E-T 57
WEST SALEM — Rebounding and balanced scoring helped West Salem rally from a 37-29 halftime deficit. West Salem (4-2, 2-3) won the rebounding battle, 37-11, thanks to 11 rebounds from Hunter Wakefield, who also recorded 11 points.
“He is our senior captain, team leader. We rely on him to do important things,” West Salem coach Steve Kastenschmidt said.
Joining Wakefield in double-digit scoring for West Salem was Trenton Foreman and Dylan Godlewski, each with 14 points, and Malachi Athnos with 13.
Tyler Scherr led G-E-T (5-3, 4-1) with 20 points and Chris Thompson added 17.
Tomah 61, Sparta 33
SPARTA — Madison Lindauer and Madisyn Brey combined to score 40 points to power the Timberwolves (11-2, 3-1) past the Spartans. Brey finished with a game-high 22 points, while Lindauer added 18.
Rorie Marx’s 10 points led Sparta (2-8, 1-3), which was outscored 26-10 in the second half.
Aquinas 78, Central 43
The Blugolds (10-0, 5-0) used a balanced scoring attack to fly past the Red Raiders.
Iowa State recruit and Aquinas sophomore Lexi Donarski scored a game-high 15 points and was one of three Blugolds in double figures, joining Whittni Rezin (13) and Jessa Peterson (12). Courtney Becker added nine while Kyah Steiner chipped in eight.
Bangor 68, Hillsboro 37
BANGOR — UW-Milwaukee recruit Emma Wittmershaus finished with a game-high 18 points to help the Cardinals (10-2, 5-0) remain perfect in Scenic Bluffs play.
Hillsboro’s Sydney Johnson finished with 17 to become the first player in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark. Johnson needed just three points to reach the milestone. She was the only one to finish in double figures for Hillsboro (9-3, 3-2).
Brookwood 58, Royall 47
ELROY, Wis. — Allyson Nelson scored a game-high 26 points, including a 14-for-18 performance from the free-throw line, to power Brookwood (9-0, 5-0) past Royall. Brookwood was busy from the foul line, hitting 22 of 31, compared to 11 of 16 for Royall.
McKenzie Vaseseman led Royall (2-6, 1-5) with 14 points.
Menomonie 60, Holmen 40
MENOMONIE, Wis. — Brooklyn Paulson, the MVC’s leading scorer at more than 20 per game, was held to just 14 points, as the Vikings (7-4) dropped their third straight nonconference road game.
Tyra Boettcher finished with a game-high 22 points for Menomonie (10-4).
Rock County 7, Onalaska 3
ONALASKA — Jaiden Groshek and Chloe Strain each netted first-period goals to give the Hilltoppers (5-7-1) a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
But fourth-ranked Rock County (13-2-2) scored five goals in the second period to take control, thanks in part to senior Maggy Henschler. Henschler who scored three of her four goals in that second frame.
HOLMEN — Holmen freshman Kabryn Burns won the all-around competition with a score of 35.275 at the Holmen quadrangular. West Salem co-op won the team competition at 136.775, and the Vikings were second with 132.975. West Salem’s Ellie Tschumper won the vault (8.7) and bars (9.525) competitions.