By John Rittenhouse

By John Rittenhouse

A surging Ellsworth girls' basketball team extended its current winning streak to five straight games by posting a pair of home wins.



The Panthers downed Tri-County Conference foe Faith Christian by 33 points Friday before upending Granville Spalding Catholic (Iowa) by 21 points Monday.



Ellsworth, 11-3 overall, hosts Edgerton and Harris-Lake Park, Iowa, tonight and Saturday respectively.



Ellsworth 60, GSC 39

The Panthers pulled to within one victory of their longest winning streak of the season when they toppled GSC by 21 points in Ellsworth Monday.



Ellsworth turned a 12-9 edge in the first quarter into a 21-point cushion (48-27) by outscoring GSC 36-18 in the second and third quarters. The Panthers matched GSC’s 12-point scoring output in the final eight minutes of play to win by 21.



"It was a nice win for the Panthers," said EHS coach Dean Schnaible. "We shot very respectably in this game. I was very pleased with our field goal percentage, but we still need improvement at the charity stripe."



Connie Lewis, who led the Panthers with eight rebounds, netted nine of her 15 points to fuel a 20-10 scoring run in the second quarter that gave Ellsworth a 32-19 halftime lead. Holly Timmer, who had five rebounds and three assists for EHS, scored nine of her 13 points when the Panthers outscored GSC 16-8 in the third quarter to make the difference 21 points.



Jenna Groen, who added three assists to the winning cause, made eight of 14 shots from the field and led the Panthers with 18 points. Janelle Jenniges recorded five steals.



Box score

DeLeeuw 0 0 0-0 0, Deutsch 0 0 2-2 2, Boltjes 1 0 0-0 2, J.Jenniges 2 0 0-0 4, D.Jenniges 0 0 0-0 0, Wurpts 1 0 0-0 2, M.Leuthold 0 0 0-0 0, Lewis 7 0 1-3 15, Jm.Leuthold 1 0 0-0 2, Groen 7 1 1-2 18, Jn.Leuthold 1 0 0-1 2, Timmer 4 0 5-6 13.



Team statistics

Ellsworth: 25 of 53 field goals (47 percent), nine of 14 free throws (64 percent), 30 rebounds, 18 turnovers.

GSC: 18 of 49 field goals (37 percent), one of one free throws (100 percent), 26 rebounds, nine turnovers.



Ellsworth 58, FC 25

The Panthers raised their Tri-County Conference record to 3-0 with a 33-point home win over the Falcons Friday.

EHS controlled the game from beginning to end, allowing Panther coach Schnaible to clear his bench before the contest was complete.

"We played 15 players. It was a fun game for the Panthers because everyone got the chance to play," he said.

With Holly Timmer and Jenna Groen scoring 10 of their team-high 12 points in the first half, EHS opened 19-6 and 31-12 leads at the first two quarter breaks. The difference was 32 points (50-18) after three quarters of play before Ellsworth increased the final margin of victory to 33 points in the fourth quarter.

Timmer led the Panthers with six rebounds, while Groen added five steals and three assists to the cause. Kayla Boltjes and Connie Lewis recorded six and five steals respectively.



Box score

DeLeeuw 0 0 0-2 0, Deutsch 1 0 0-0 2, Boltjes 3 1 0-0 9, J.Jenniges 1 0 0-0 2, D.Jenniges 1 0 0-0 2, Wurpts, 1 0 0-0 2, M.Leuthold 1 0 0-0 2, Lewis 3 0 0-0 6, Jm.Leuthold 1 0 1-2 3, Groen 6 0 0-0 12, Ln.Leuthold 2 0 0-1 4, H.Timmer 5 0 2-4 12, A.Timmer 1 0 0-0 2, Kramer 0 0 0-0 0, Drenth 0 0 0-0 0.



Team statistics

Ellsworth: 27 of 67 field goals (40 percent), three of nine free throws (33 percent), 32 rebounds, 18 turnovers.

FC: 11 of 39 field goals (28 percent), two of three free throws (67 percent), 27 rebounds, 26 turnovers.




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