Returning to conference play, the Lady Mounders used a big second quarter to take a 47-34 win over Plum City Jan. 3 on the Blue Devils’ home court. They stayed on the road to face Stanley-Boyd, and again it was the second quarter that made the difference as they won their sixth game in a row 60-54 over the Orioles, putting their overall record at 9-2 and 5-2 in conference games.
Holding a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, the Mounders outscored their opponents 16-4 in the next eight minutes with four different players putting points up. McKenna McVey collected five of those points on a bucket and three free throws, Josie Hayes hit a pair of short shots, Mattie Pitts scored on a deuce and two free tosses and Kaysi Meindel canned a trey as the Mounders opened up a 30-12 halftime lead.
Although Plum City out scored Elk Mound in both the third and fourth quarters, the Mounders played good enough defense and scored enough points to hang on for the win. Hayes hit three fourth quarter buckets, Meindel nailed two free throws and McVey added one to seal the win.
“We came out with a lot of pressure and energy on the defensive end,” Mounder coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “I was happy with our effort and how we attacked the post. We finished in the post the best we have all year,” he added.
Three players scored in double figures to lead Elk Mound including Josie Hayes with 16, Meindel with 13 and McVey with 10.
ELK MOUND (47) J. Hayes 8-0-4-16, Meindel 5-2-2-13, McVey 3-4-6-10, Pitts 1-2-3-4, E. Hayes 1-0-0-2, S. Winchester 0-1-2-1, J. Solem 0-1-2-1
PLUM CITY (34) S. Gilles 4-2-3-11, E. Danzinger 4-1-1-9, H. Van Holtum 4-1-2-9, M. Boyer 1-1-4-3, C. Caturia 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Meindel 1, Gilles 1
The teams played pretty even the first quarter with the Mounders holding a 20-17 edge as Josie Hayes and Meindel combined for 13 of those points. But the defense came up big in the second stanza, holding the Orioles to a single basket while they went on a terror, collecting 15 points, allowing them to take a 35-19 halftime lead.
The second half was a different story however, as S-B got back into the game by pouring in 16 third quarter points while the Mounders came up with just seven, cutting their lead to seven at 42-35. But Sarah Winchester, McVey and J. Hayes each came up with five points to go with a bucket by Katie Johnson and a free toss by Jamie Solem and they held off the fourth quarter surge by the Orioles to take the win.
“We played a very solid first half and we did a great job of pressuring the ball,” Kongshaug said. “We struggled with our shooting the second half and let S-B get back into the game. But we came up with enough defensive stops down the stretch to come out with a win.”
Josie Hayes led the Mounders again in scoring with 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Winchester and Meindel both added 12 points and McVey finished with 11. Johnson came up with five steals to lead the defense. As a team, the Mounders struggled at the foul line, going 12 for 23.
ELK MOUND (60) J. Hayes 8-4-9-20, Winchester 5-2-2-12, Meindel 4-4-5-12, Mcvey 4-3-5-11, Johnson 1-0-0-2, E. Hayes 1-0-0-2, Solem 0-1-2-1
STANLEY-BOYD (54) J. Reit 8-0-0-18, A. Lisiecki 6-0-4-12, J. Hoffstattert 4-2-2-4, H. Milas 1-4-6-6, A. Hazuga 3-0-0-6, M. Westaby 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Winchester 2, Reit 2