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Russell Splits NCAA Games in Ellsworth

Russell Bronco BasketballGirls: Russell 48, Ellsworth 38
Boys: Ellsworth 46, Russell 30

The Russell High School girls basektball team will go into the holiday break with sole possession of first place in the North Central Activities Association after a 48-38 victory in Ellsworth on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The Lady Broncos overcame an early 6-0 deficit to lead 12-9 after one quarter and 22-16 at halftime. Russell took control by outscoring the Lady Bearcats 15-7 in the third quarter and never let Ellsworth closer than eight in the fourth.

Samantha Leiker led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds. Tiffany Dortland followed with 13 points.

Russell improves to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in league play, while Ellsworth drops to 5-2 and 2-1 in the NCAA.

In the boys game, Russell never could get their offense going as they were held to a season-low 30 points in a 46-30 loss to Ellsworth.

The Bearcats led 19-14 at the half, 36-22 after three quarters and went up by as many as 21 in the fourth.

No Broncos scored in double-figures. Koby Decker had seven points.

Russell falls to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in league play.

RHS returns to action after the holiday break on Jan. 5 at Beloit.

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