Traveling to Eleva-Strum for a Monday night game Dec. 2, the Elk Mound girls’ basketball team came up a tad bit short as they dropped a 54-52 heartbreaker in overtime to the Cardinals. Playing against another Cardinal team, the Mounders had much better luck as they clipped the Spring Valley team 63-15 three days later.
It was a closely contested game most of the way and the Mounders found themselves behind 11-10 after a quarter of play and 23-22 at the half. 12 of the Mounders points came from long range as Jamie Solem and Sarah Winchester each knocked down a triple in the first eight minutes while Elizabeth Fasbender canned a pair in the second stanza. Elk Mound put some distance between themselves and the Cardinals, taking a 36-30 lead at the end of three quarters with help from three buckets by McKenna McVey but they were outscored in the final quarter 18-12 to force overtime. The score was knotted at 52-52 before the Cardinals went ahead with just 11 seconds left, and the Mounders couldn’t get a final shot to go down, resulting in the loss.
“We had a couple of good looks late in the game but couldn’t convert,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said.”We had too many turnovers in the game but we will continue to work to get better.”
Elk Mound went six of 11 from the foul line while E-S was 14 of 27 as McVey and Winchester both fouled out. Fasbender led the team with 11 points while McVey added 10 and Waive Melgaard eight.
Elk Mound (52) Fasbender 4-1-2-11, McVey 5-1-5-10, Melgaard 3-2-2-8, Solem 3-0-0-7, D. Sternecker 2-2-2-6, Winchester 2-0-0-5, M. Pitts 2-0-0-4, K. King 0-1-2-1
Eleva-Strum (54) K. Enos 6-5-7-18, J. Olson 6-1-4-13, E. Kensmoe 3-6-12-12, S. Rivard 3-0-0-6, C. Ashwell 1-1-2-4, Hutchins 0-1-2-1
Three Pointers: Fasbender 2, Solem 1, Winchester 1, Ashwell 1, Enos 1
The Mounders almost shut the Cardinals out in the first quarter and held a 15-2 lead with five different players scoring points. But it was Mattie Pitt’s time to shine as she came up with 16 of the team’s 24 points in the second stanza on four deuces, two treys and a pair of free throws to help them take a 39-9 halftime lead.
Elk Mound’s defense continued to play strong and they held Spring Valley to just six second half points while they continued to put the ball in the hoop. Melgaard scored eight of her 10 points in the second half and Pitts added five more for a game high and career high 23. The Mounders finished 4 for 10 at the foul line while Spring Valley was 4 of 17.
“We played a solid game,” Kongshaug said. “Our defensive effort was much better from the Eleva-Strum game. We will need to sustain that effort for the rest of the season.”
Elk Mound (63) Pitts 9-2-2-23, Melgaard 5-0-1-10, Sternecker 4-0-0-8, Winchester 3-0-0-7, King 3-0-1-7, McVey 2-0-2-4, Fasbender 1-1-2-3
Spring Valley (15) E. Boisen 1-4-10-6, B. Fesenmaier 2-0-4-4, C. Brorson 1-0-1-3, N. Schlegel 1-0-0-2
Three Pointers: Pitts 3, Winchester 1, King 1, Brorson 1