The St. Croix Central girls basketball team locked up its first outright Middle Border Conference title on Tuesday night.
In front of a large home crowd, the Panthers defeated rival Baldwin-Woodville, 55-38.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 12-0 in the MBC this season. Central's offense wasn't at its sharpest, but they were able to maintain a double-digit lead over the cold-shooting Blackhawks. Central led 31-20 at halftime and scored the first nine points of the second half to lead by 20 points. Mia Krogseng led the Panthers with 24 points and Claire Frankiewicz finished with 12 points.
In the other Middle Border Conference games Tuesday:
-- Somerset's girls put up a good battle at home against Amery, but lost 59-50. Anna Rybacki led Somerset with 20 points.
-- New Richmond and Osceola locked into a tough defensive game. The Chieftains were able to win on their home court, 39-36.
-- Prescott and Ellsworth played a high-octane offensive game, with Prescott winning 72-61.