Spartans can't hold onto second seed after loss to Prescott
Two losses to Prescott, including one last Thursday, pushed Somerset down to the third seed in the WIAA Division 3 boys basketball regional.
Spring Valley, fresh off knocking off previously undefeated Mondovi, earned the top seed in the regional. Prescott, which didn't have as strong a record as Somerset or St. Croix Central, moved up to the second seed with Somerset being seeded third and St. Croix Central fourth.
By drawing the third seed, Somerset gets a tough opening opponent in Fall Creek, the sixth seed. There are three defending regional champions in this regional, including Somerset and Fall Creek. St. Croix Central also won its regional last year.
Somerset coach Eric Olson said Fall Creek is a physical, athletic team with a strong group of guards.
"I think we probably got what we deserved," Olson said of drawing the third seed. "You'd have to look hard to find a tougher regional in the state."
Prescott remains a pain
The roller coaster ride for the Spartans continued in the loss against Prescott last Thursday. After playing an exceptional game against New Richmond last Tuesday, it appeared the Spartans were ready to explode against Prescott. Instead, the Spartans struggled all night to find their shooting touch and lost 41-38.
In their last nine games, Somerset is 5-4. But those four losses have been by a total of nine points.
"A lot of the aspects, I was happy with," said Somerset coach Eric Olson about the Prescott game. "And typically we're a pretty good shooting team."
Outside of Middle Border Conference leading scorer Mike Schachtner, the Spartans couldn't buy a shot.
The Spartans were 11-30 from two-point range and 2-9 on three-pointers. Outside of Schachtner, the Spartans were 4-18 from two-point territory.
Schachtner also led the Spartans with 13 rebounds. Adam Henzler led the team with five assists.
Somerset led Thursday's game in the final minutes until Prescott's Eric Diley hit a three-pointer to tie the game. Somerset didn't score on its next possession and Prescott then scored. Somerset was then forced to foul in the final 90 seconds of the game.
Olson said the second half of the season has shown extremes of the Spartans' play, after the team played so consistently in winning its first 10 games of the season. He said the team has lost four games in the second half of the season, but he thought the Spartans played their best basketball of the season in wins over New Richmond and Osceola in the second half of the season.
Prescott 41, Somerset 38
Krenz 2 0-2 4, Magnan 1 0-0 3, Diley 4 1-1 10, Hover 0 2-2 2, Kittilson 5 3-6 15, Rosenow 2 3-3 7, Tobias 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 9-13 41.
Henzler 0 3-4 3, Raleigh 0 0-0 0, Anderson 1 0-0 3, Webb 0 0-0 0, Wishard 2 1-2 5, Klis 0 0-0 0, Kackson 2 0-0 4, Schreiner 0 1-2 1, Schachtner 8 5-7 22. Totals 13 10-15 38.
Prescott 11 8 8 14 41
Somerset 4 11 9 14 38
Three-point goals -- Magnan, Diley, Kittilson 2, Anderson, Schachtner. Fouled out -- Henzler. Total fouls -- Prescott 15, Somerset 14.