MONDOVI — They may have had only one game last week, but it was a mighty important one as the Elk Mound boys made a statement to the rest of the conference when they entered the Mondovi gym Dec. 12 at 5-0 (3-0 in conference play) to face the Buffaloes who were also 3-0 in the conference. At nights end, it was the Mounders who remained undefeated as they took care of business early with a 67-44 win.
Mondovi was one of the teams expected to challenge for a conference title this year as they return tons of seniors with varsity experience. But the Mounders blasted out to a 10-0 lead and their defense put the clamps on the Buffaloes by holding them to seven points in both the first and second quarters while they scored 19 in both quarters for a 38-14 halftime lead. Zac Doll came up with 10 points in the half and according to coach Chris Hahn, after Mondovi switched from a zone to man to man defense, post player Dexter Curry went to work, hitting five second quarter buckets.
“We played a great first half,” Hahn said. “Our defensive pressure and energy was incredible. We rebounded the ball very well on both ends of the floor and we were very patient on offense and worked for good shots.”
Mondovi made a run in the third stanza, outscoring the Mounders 18-16 but Elk Mound had enough of a cushion to finish with the 23 point win. Doll added 12 of his game high 22 points in the half while Curry came up with six more for his total of 18 and Hunter Kohls and Austin Hanson both came up with five in the second half. The Mounders were 6 for 11 at the foul line for the game while Mondovi went 8 for 12.
“I was disappointed in our effort in the second half but I credit Mondovi,” Hahn said. “They made adjustments and we didn’t. This was a great test against a very good team,” he added.
ELK MOUND (67) Doll 8-5-6-22, Curry 9-0-0-18, Hanson 5-1-3-11, Kohls 4-0-0-9. L. Strom 3-0-0-7
MONDOVI (44) Q. Buchholz 4-4-5-13, E. Palmer 3-2-2-8, J. Peterson 2-0-0-6, Z. Ganschow 2-2-4-6, B. Vetterkind 3-0-0-6, M. Schauer 1-0-0-3, M. Stamm 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Peterson 2, Doll 1, Kohls 1, Strom 1, Schauer 1, Buchholz 1