The St. Croix Central Panthers may have wished their game at Elk Mound had been postponed like several others in the conference due to inclement weather Dec. 3, but it would have only delayed their misery as the Mounders sent them home with a 50-13 beat down. And three days later, Elk Mound ran their record to 5-0 after trouncing the Glenwood City Hilltoppers (playing their first game due to an extended football season), 66-40, again at home.
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With a halftime score of 36-6, the game was pretty much done as Zac Doll led the Mounders with 13 of his game high 16 points in the half while five others added points. That included four from senior Travis Nelson who made his 2013 debut after returning from a football injury.When the third quarter ended with a goose egg in the scorebook for the Panthers, the Mounders led 45-6 and Justin Erpenbach came up with all five Mounder points in the final eight minutes to finish things off.
“We were fortunate to pressure them into a number of turnovers and tough shots tonight,” Elk Mound coach Chris Hahn said. “That led to some easy baskets for us. But we were careless with the ball and we did not rebound well at all on the defensive end of the floor. We need to do a better job of showing effort in those areas.”
Elk Mound (50) Doll 6-4-5-16, D. Curry 4-2-2-10, D. Lew 2-1-2-7, Erpenbach 2-0-0-5, H. Kohls 2-0-0-4, Nelson 2-0-0-4, L. Strom 2-0-0-4
St. Croix Central (13) J. Matteson 1-0-0-3, C. Weismann 1-0-0-3, J. Albright 1-1-5-3, E. Nielson 1-0-0-2, T. Anderson 1-0-0-2
Three Pointers: Lew 2, Erpenbach 1, Matteson 1, Weismann 1
The frigid weather outside didn’t hinder the Mounders play inside as they pulled out to a 14-0 lead before the Toppers put a point on the board with a minute left in the first quarter. Six of the Elk Mound points came from Austin Hanson, who like Nelson in the game before, was making his season debut after recovering from a football injury. Taking an 18-2 lead, they only outscored Glenwood 17-16 in the second stanza in part from four triples by the Toppers but held a 35-18 halftime lead. Dexter Curry scored nine of the team points on a pair of put backs and a free toss, a shot off an assist by Doll and with one second left, Nelson found him under the hoop to finish the half.
Nelson drained a trey to start the third for a 20 point Mounder lead and after Noah Zurbuchen made it 49-28 on a shot from close range, it started a 10 point run that included a deuce and a free throw from Logan Strom, a pair of free tosses from both Hanson and Dane Lew, a lay up off his own steal by Nelson and at the start of the final quarter, another free toss by Strom which came off the tenth team foul by Glenwood for a 59-28 lead.
Nelson hit back to back shots with a trey and a deuce and Hanson finished off the Mounder scoring with a pair of free throws.
“We looked good at times but still have a lot of work to do,” Hahn said. “Glenwood has some very good athletes and they will get better as the season goes on. We were fortunate to play them early. Dexter was no match for them on the inside and having Austin and Travis back really adds to our depth,” he added.
Curry poured in 20 points to lead all scorers while Nelson added 15, Hanson 12 and Strom 10. The Mounders will be tested this Thursday when they travel to Mondovi to take on the Buffaloes, one of the teams expected to give them a run for the conference title.
Elk Mound (66) Curry 9-2-2-20, Nelson 5-3-3-15, Hanson 4-4-6-12, Strom 4-2-3-10, Zurbuchen 2-0-1-4, Doll 1-1-2-3, Lew 0-2-4-2
Glenwood City (40) K. Wallace 5-2-2—17, R. Ross 3-0-0-8, 3-0-0-6, M. Kadinger 1-0-0-3, Ni. Mrdutt 1-0-0-2, Na. Mrdutt 1-0-0-2, J. Ormson 1-0-0-2
Three Pointers: Wallace 5, Nelson 2, Ross 2, Kadinger 1