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Girls hold on to top Somerset

Five River Falls' players scored at least seven points, led by senior Tessa Wells' team-high 25, as the Wildcat girls' basketball team held off Somerset for a 63-52 victory last Tuesday night at the high school gym.

Somerset hit five three-pointers in the game to stay close to River Falls early, but Wells led a second half Wildcat charge that gave River Falls the win.

The Wildcats improved to 4-3 with the victory and are off until they host Eau Claire Memorial in a Big Rivers Conference matchup (1-5) on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the high school gym. Saturday, Jan. 9, River Falls will visit Menomonie (7-0) in another BRC game.

Wells currently leads the BRC in scoring with an average of 19.6 points per game.

Last Tuesday at the high school gym, Somerset's Ashley Martell led all scorers with 31 points but the Wildcats' depth helped them pull out the win.

In addition to Wells' 25 point night, junior Brooke Reardon contributed nine points in the win while senior Aimee Dusek and junior Emily Blasius added eight each. Senior Kayla Kusilek finished with seven points and senior Emma Purfeerst had five.

Somerset hit five three-pointers, four by Martell, to keep the game close while Dusek had the only three-pointer for the Wildcats.

River Falls led by two, 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and 26-24 at the half. They opened up a four-point lead, 41-37, at the end of three before outscoring the Spartans 21-16 in the final eight minutes.

The Cats hit 26 field goals and were 9-of-20 from the free throw line while Somerset hit 19 shots from the field, including five three-pointers, and were 10-of-20 from the line.

Somerset's Laura Wells, who finished with four points, and River Falls' Kusilek each fouled out in the game.