After beating Mondovi in the Buffaloes den earlier in the season by eight points, the Elk Mound girls discovered the path to another victory had some roadblocks in the way this time as they lost the home contest to the Buffaloes 52-40 Feb. 5. The road became clear again a few days later as they stayed at home and came up with a 40 point win over Spring Valley 63-23.
For the first time in several games, Josie Hayes and Kaysi Meindel didn’t lead the Mounders in the scoring department. That honor went to freshman McKenna McVey as she poured in 17 points including 13 in the second half.
Although the Mounders held a 12-6 lead after a quarter of play, the Buffaloes stormed back for 18 second quarter points to take a 24-22 lead at the half. The teams played almost even in the third stanza as McVey came up with eight of her team’s nine points with Jamie Solem scoring the other one on a free toss while Mondovi added 10 to their total for a 34-31 lead.
Elk Mound’s defense lost track of the Buffaloes big shooters in the final stanza as Jenna Franzwa nailed a pair of triples and Casey Kent drained another to go with four free throws and Mondovi pulled away for the win.
“It was a good basketball game but we just didn’t hit enough shots to come out on top,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “Mondovi hit a couple of three pointers on two straight possessions in the fourth quarter that put the game away for them.”
MONDOVI (52) Franzwa 4-1-1-12, S. Kopp 5-0-0-11, Kent 2-5-6-10, E. Stoughten 3-1-2-8, A. Rud 2-1-3-5, M. Williamson 1-0-0-2, J. Harris 1-0-0-2, O. Weiss 1-0-0-2
ELK MOUND (40) McVey 7-3-4-17, J. Hayes 4-1-2-9, Meindel 2-2-2-8, Solem 1-1-2-3, S. Winchester 1-0-0-3
THREE POINTERS: Franzwa 3, Meindel 2, Winchester 1, Stoughten 1, Kent 1, Kopp 1
Holding just a one point lead at 8-7 after the first quarter, the Mounders exploded for 15 points in the second and held the Cardinals to four. Starting the second half with a 23-11 lead, the Mounders matched their second quarter point total and Spring Valley came up with just three, and with several different players from Elk Mound seeing varsity action, they erupted for 25 in the final eight minutes to finish off the win.
Josie Hayes led the Mounders with 19 points and snared seven rebounds. McVey continued to find the hoop, adding 12 points and Meindel and Mattie Pitts added nine points each with Meindel picking up five assists and five steals.
ELK MOUND (63) J. Hayes 7-5-6-19, McVey 5-2-4-12, Meindel 4-0-3-9, M. Pitts 3-1-2-9. Solem 1-0-0-2, A. Sessions 1-0-0-2, K. Hollister 1-0-0-2, E. Hayes 1-0-0-2, C. Wieser 1-0-0-2, D. Sternecker 1-0-0-2, K. Johnson 1-0-0-2
SPRING VALLEY (23) E. Boisen 4-3-9-12, N. Schlegel 1-2-2-4, T. Leach 1-0-0-2, C. Quinn 1-0-2-2, T. O’Keefe 1-0-0-2, B. Fesenmaier 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Pitts 2, Meindel 1, Boisen 1