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New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Menomonie pressed the New Richmond boys basketball team into submission Monday night.

In a non-conference game at Menomonie, the Tigers turned the ball over 30 times, resulting in a 71-53 win for the Indians.

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Menomonie used the press and strong outside shooting to pull away from the Tigers, leading 38-23 by halftime.

Scott Meyer rang up nine of his 19 points in the third quarter for the Tigers, but they weren't able to make any headway into the Menomonie lead.

Joining Meyer in double figures for the Tigers were Jeff Engel with 11 points and Cory Eller with 10 points. Engel also had a solid night rebounding for the Tigers.

Pair of conference losses

Two of the stronger offensive teams in the Middle Border Conference were New Richmond's opponents last week. The Tigers were beaten by MBC champion Baldwin-Woodville 62-43 last Tuesday. That was followed by a 56-48 loss at Somerset last Thursday.

At Somerset the Tigers had some defensive troubles, particularly early in the game. It was the Tigers' goal to limit Somerset to 10 points per quarter, but the Spartans rang up 20 points in the opening quarter. After that the Tiger defense had more bite.

"New Richmond's defense took us out of our style and we were settling for three-point shots," said Somerset coach Eric Olson.

New Richmond's offense kept the pressure on all night. The 48 points scored by the Tigers is the most given up by Somerset in the last 10 games, except for the 50 scored by Baldwin-Woodville.

You couldn't ask for better scoring balance than what the Tigers showed Thursday. Dan Bethke led the team with 12 points and Jeff Engel, Cory Eller and Scott Meyer each scored 10 points. The Tiger coaches have been waiting for Bethke to emerge and last week he had 21 points in the two games.

"He's my best practice player, now he's putting it on the floor," said Tiger coach Jim Kannel.

Engel also continues to become more of a factor. He has shown more shooting range and led the team with seven rebounds at Somerset.

Somerset's height put the Tigers at a disadvantage, with Somerset able to play two 6-7 players.

At Baldwin last Tuesday the Tigers were able to stay competitive through the first quarter, trailing 21-16. Bethke had seven points in the first quarter and Meyer five points.

In the second quarter B-W extended the lead to 39-25. The Tigers were able to hold the Blackhawks to four points, but the Tiger offense couldn't gain much ground.

Trent Bauer led the Tigers with 10 points at Baldwin. Engel's five rebounds were tops on the team.

The Tigers finish the regular season this Friday. They will be playing at home against Durand, the team they beat for their first win of the season. Next Tuesday the Tigers will move to the WIAA playoffs, in the opening round of Division 2 regional action, when they will play at River Falls at 7 p.m. The winner of Tuesday's game will likely face Baldwin-Woodville, the top seed in the regional.

Somerset 56, New Richmond 48

NEW RICHMOND (48)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Engel 5 0-0 10, Eller 4 1-2 10, Bauer 1 0-0 2, Tate 0 0-0 0, Emerson 1 0-0 2, Bethke 5 0-1 12, Meyer 4 0-0 10, Skoglund 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 1-3 48.

SOMERSET (56)

Henzler 4 0-0 12, Kobs 0 0-0 0, Germain 3 7-7 13, Anderson 1 2-3 5, Wishard 4 0-3 8, Hecht 0 0-0 0, Pogue 0 0-0 0, Klis 1 0-0 2, Schachtner 6 0-0 12, Van Someren 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 9-13 56.

New Richmond 12 11 10 15 48

Somerset 20 10 12 14 56

Three-point goals -- Eller, Bethke 2, Meyer 2, Henzler 4, Anderson. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 12, Somerset 11.

Baldwin-Woodville 62, New Richmond 43

NEW RICHMOND (43)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Engel 0 0-0 0, Eller 3 0-0 6, Bauer 4 0-0 10, Tate 1 2-2 4, Emerson 1 0-0 2, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Bethke 3 2-2 9, Hendrickson 1 0-0 2, Meyer 2 1-4 6, Skoglund 2 0-0 4, Fletch 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 5-8 43.

BALDWIN-WOODVILLE (62)

VanRoekel 1 2-2 4, Schumacher 1 0-0 2, Veenendall 1 0-0 2, Geurkink 1 0-0 2, Borowicz 2 0-0 5, Campbell 6 2-3 15, Morrow 5 1-1 13, Newton 0 0-1 0, Kimberly 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Kusilek 9 1-2 19. Totals 26 6-9 62.

New Richmond 16 9 8 10 43

Baldwin-Woodville 21 18 4 19 62

Three-point goals -- Bauer 2, Bethke, Meyer, Borowicz, Campbell, Morrow 2. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 12, Baldwin-Woodville 10.

Menomonie 71, New Richmond 53

NEW RICHMOND (53)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Engel 4 3-4 11, Eller 2 3-5 10, Bauer 0 0-0 0, Tate 1 0-0 2, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Bethke 1 1-1 4, Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, Meyer 8 0-0 19, Skoglund 1 0-0 2, Fletch 2 1-2 5. Totals 19 8-12 53.

MENOMONIE (71)

Wagner 7 1-3 20, Mueller 2 0-0 4, Stokke 1 1-5 3, Hickox 0 1-3 1, Diederich 3 0-0 7, Kraft 8 0-0 18, Creaser 1 0-0 2, Hanson 2 0-3 4, Chastain 4 4-4 12. Totals 28 7-18 71.

New Richmond 9 14 13 17 53

Menomonie 16 2 14 19 71

Three-point goals -- Bethke, Meyer 3, Wagner 5, Diederich, Kraft 2. Fouled out -- Bauer. Total fouls -- New Richmond 17, Menomonie 12.

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