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Mounder girls begin season with loss to Bulldogs

BOYCEVILLE – Traveling to Boyceville to start the season against one of the  teams projected to finish near the top of the conference, the Elk Mound girls struggled to score points as they dropped a 42-32 decision to the Boyceville Bulldogs Nov. 20.

The Mounders were held to single digit scoring in three of the four quarters as they fell behind 14-8 after the first. The leading scorer in the conference last year, Elk Mound’s Josie Hayes was held to just two points in the game, a bucket which came in the first quarter. The Mounders fell behind by 11 points at the half, and even though they outscored the Bulldogs 12-11 in the third quarter with McKenna McVey scoring five of those points, both teams scored six points each in the final stanza, making the deficit too much for the Mounders to make up.

I thought we played really hard on defense and did some good things,” coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “But we struggled on offense all night. Boyceville was very physical and did a good job limiting touches by our post players inside. We have a young team with several kids getting their first significant minutes at the varsity level. We will continue to improve as the season goes on,” he added.

Freshman Sarah Winchester led the Mounders with nine points while Jamie Solem added six. After hosting Eleva-Serum Nov. 26, the team will resume conference play at Elmwood Nov. 29.

Elk Mound (32) Winchester 4-0-0-9, Solem 3-0-0-6, McVey 2-1-1-5, K. Meindel 2-0-1-4, A, Sessions 1-0-0-2, K. Johnson 0-2-4-2, E. Hayes 0-2-2-2, J. Hayes 1-0-0-2

Boyceville (42) A. Bird 6-0-0-14, K. Franseen 3-2-2-8, A. Lake 2-2-4-6, B. Blaser 1-3-6-5, K. Hellmann 2-1-2-5, A. Peterson 2-0-0-4

Three Pointers: Bird 2, Winchester 1