Trailing by eight points at the end of the first quarter against a hot shooting Prescott team, the Elk Mound boys pulled themselves together and used a heavy dose of Dexter Curry to pull out a 50-47 win on their home court over the Cardinals Nov. 25.
6’7 post player Curry was unstoppable as he scored 26 of his career high 27 points in the paint including 16 in the first half. Prescott was doing most of their damage from long range as they connected on five triples in the first quarter alone, and with four Curry buckets and a trey from Logan Strom, the Mounders were down 19-11 after a quarter of play.
Curry hit back to back shots to open the second stanza on a baby hook and a put back and Strom added another deuce on his own put back to cut the deficit to 21-17 before Prescott hit another three pointer. The Mounder’s Zac Doll drove through the middle of the lane for a bucket, Curry hit on a short jumper and with three seconds left in the half, Strom zipped a pass to Curry who dropped it in the hole, leaving the Mounders down just 26-23 at the break.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is probably what Elk Mound head coach Chris Hahn was thinking as Curry’s teammates continued to find him, resulting in two buckets from him, one off an offensive rebound and another on a slick reverse layup early in the third stanza. The Mounders took their first lead at the 4:52 mark of the quarter when Hunter Kohls hit a short jumper off a Doll assist to put them up 29-28. The Cardinals countered that shot but Kohls drained a triple from the right side, which was countered again by Prescott with their own trey and Kohls connected from long range from the left side to put the Mounders back up 35-33. After trading turnovers, Elk Mound freshman Dane Lew came up big with his only points of the game as he canned a three ball for a five point lead at 38-33 but a deuce and another triple by the Cardinals ended the quarter with the score knotted at 38-38.
The Mounders slowly began to take over as Curry hit a pair of buckets from inside and Strom connected from the top of the key for a 44-38 lead as the Cardinals finally began to cool off in the shooting department, missing on their first three possessions in the quarter. After hitting a trey on their fourth try down court, Curry was fouled and made the first free throw and after missing the second, Kohls slid in and pulled down the rebound. He sent a pass to Strom who in turn found Curry for another basket and a 47-41 lead with just over a minute to play and it appeared the Mounders had the game in their pocket. And when Strom canned a pair of free tosses, it looked even more like it. But Prescott’s Clay Sieffort drained his fifth triple of the game from way behind the arc, and another Cardinal trey followed, suddenly cutting the Mounder lead to 49-47 with 15 seconds left. Strom hit one of two freebies and with nine ticks on the clock after a Prescott time out, the Cardinals missed a final three point shot as the Mounders pulled down the rebound to end the game.
“Prescott is a very good team and they are favored to win the Middle Border Conference this year,” Hahn said. “We were excited to play such a great team early in the season to find out what we need to improve on and we were happy to get a win. After they hit five of six three pointers in the first quarter, our kids knew they needed to hang in there and continue to play defense in the right way and chip away at the score. We knew Dexter had a mismatch inside and our players did a nice job of finding him and he finished like we know he can. After Prescott made some adjustments in the second half, we were able to get our shooters going and when we get everyone involved, we are tough to defend,” he added.
Strom finished with 10 points to go along with Curry’s big game and Kohls added eight. Prescott connected on 11 triples for the game while Elk Mound came up with four. The Mounders head into the Thanksgiving break with a 3-0 record and will host St. Croix Central Dec. 3 and Mondovi Dec. 6.
ELK MOUND (50) Curry 13-1-2-27, Strom 3-3-5-10, Kohls 3-0-0-8, Lew 1-0-0-3, Doll 1-0-2-2
PRESCOTT (47) Seifert 5-0-0-15, M. Brookshaw 2-2-3-8, Ma. Harris 3-0-0-8, C. Tayson 3-0-0-8, G. Ryan 2-0-0-4, T. Nahorniak 1-0-0-2, A. Helmer 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Seifert 5, Kohls 2, Brookshaw 2, Ma. Harris 2,Tayson 2, Lew 1, Strom 1