WEST SALEM — The Melrose-Mindoro High School boys basketball team won the first five games of its season, but that didn’t intimidate West Salem during the semifinal round of the West Salem Tournament on Wednesday.
The Panthers (3-5) received 20 points and seven rebounds from senior Hunter Wakefield to score a 68-61 victory over the Mustangs and run their winning streak to two games heading into today’s 7 p.m. championship game against Reedsburg.
Wakefield made four 3-pointers, and Malachi Athnos added 17 points for West Salem, which made 15 of 17 attempts from the free-throw line.
Reedsburg 61, Sparta 50
WEST SALEM — Despite having three players score in double figures, the Spartans couldn’t keep pace with Reedsburg.
Tyson Tully scored 31 for the Beavers, as they held off Sparta’s comeback attempts.
Lewiston Auto Holiday Classic
Holmen 63, Kasson-Mantorville 49
WINONA — Tate Grass and Kevin Koelbl scored a team-high 13 points each, and teammates Jimmy Gillespie and Jacob Clements hit two 3-pointers apiece for the Vikings, who held a 35-26 halftime lead and pulled away in the second half.
Gillespie finished with 10 points.
Chippewa Falls 73, Logan 69
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Senior CJ Siegel finished with 29 points — including an 8-for-8 performance on free throws — to lead all scorers, but the Rangers (3-3) fell just short at the Wisconsin Dells Holiday Shootout. Matthew Borsheim added 13 points and Calvin Mavin chipped in 10 points for Logan, while Tyler Robarge led the Cardinals (6-3) with 20 points.
West Salem Holiday Tournament
West Salem 82, Logan 39
WEST SALEM — The Panthers (7-2) connected on 14 3-pointers — five by senior Justine Rich, who finished with a game-high 17 points. Senior Haylee Gilster added 16 points, including three 3-pointers, while Brooke Bentzen chipped in with 10. Claire Borsheim led the Rangers (1-10) with 10 points.
Melrose-Mindoro 70, Tomah 35
WEST SALEM — The Mustangs (10-0) remained unbeaten thanks to a balanced scoring attack, led by 14 points each by Katie Christopherson, Erika Simmons and Emily Herzberg. The Timberwolves (8-2) received a game-high 15 points from Madison Lindauer.
Bangor Holiday Tournament
Bangor 61, C-FC 49
BANGOR — The Cardinals (7-2) quickly erased a one-point halftime deficit with a 12-2 run to start the second half. Emma Wittmershaus and Jaclynn Freit each scored 11 points after halftime for Bangor, finishing with 21 and 17 points, respectively.
Lexy Peterson led the Pirates (5-4) with 13 points.
Aquinas co-op 4, Winona 0
WINONA — The Avalanche scored once in the first and second periods and twice in the third to blank the Winhawks
Aquinas co-op (9-1) had four players — Braeden Monroe, Hunter Schultz, Connor Duncan and Cody Dirks — score goals en route to its sixth straight win.
Superior 5, West Salem/Bangor 1
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. —The Panthers (7-3) tied the game in the first period on a goal by University of Wisconsin recruit Jack Gorniak, but the Spartans (10-2) responded with two goals in the next three minutes. Adam Helgeson made 26 saves for West Salem/Bangor, which was outshot 31-13.
Superior 3, Onalaska co-op 2
MADISON — The Hilltoppers had a 2-1 lead going into the third period, but two goals in the first two minutes of the third sunk Onalaska’s chances for a big win.
Kaley Manglitz and Jessica Cult scored for the Hilltoppers, while Jaidyn Groshek, Emily Bruggeman and Maria McHugh tallied assists.