After dropping a close contest on a Monday night at Fall Creek 41-36 to the Crickets, the Elk Mound girls’ basketball team bounced back with a win just 24 hours later 53-31 at Plum City for their second conference win of the season.
Things looked a little glum for the Mounders when the first quarter ended with them down 12-2 but they apparently began to defrost as they outscored the Crickets 14-6 in the second stanza and were down just 18-16 at the half. Five different Mounders collected points in the half with Sarah Winchester leading the way with five on a triple and a deuce.
McKenna McVey came up with four of the Mounder’s nine third quarter points on a pair of free throws and a bucket and they found themselves trailing 31-25 heading into the final eight minutes of play. They took a lead with just over a minute to play with help by four points from Elizabeth Fasbender and from the Crickets who hit on just four of 14 free throws in the quarter. They couldn’t hold on however and absorbed the five point loss.
“Fall Creek is a great team and we played extremely hard,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “Our kids gave everything they had on the defensive end of the floor. We still need to work on taking care of the ball but we are making progress and I am proud of their effort.”
The Mounders struggled at the foul line, going 6 for 14 but the Crickets were just a paltry 11 for 28 from the stripe. Winchester led Elk Mound with eight points.
FALL CREEK (41) O. Burghardt 5-2-11-12, J. Wittwer 3-4-5-10, T. Mayenschein 4-2-5-10, W. Folkers 2-2-2-6, S. Hohlfelder 1-0-2-2, K. Johnson 0-1-3-1
ELK MOUND (36) Winchester 3-1-2-8, McVey 2-2-6-6, J. Solem 2-0-0-4, Fasbender 1-2-4-4, K. King 2-0-0-4, D. Sternecker 2-0-0-4, W. Melgaard 1-1-2-3, M. Pitts 1-0-0-3
THREE POINTERS: Pitts 1, Winchester 1
Hot shooting from three point land helped the Mounders take a 13-8 first quarter lead as Fasbender, Winchester and Mattie Pitts all nailed a trey. Balanced scoring again was a key factor in the game as six players contributed points in the second stanza as Elk Mound blew open the game with 20 points and held the Blue Devils to just five, giving them a 33-13 lead at the intermission.
Fasbender knocked down her second triple and Pitts her third to help increase the lead to 21 points heading into the final quarter and Pitts stayed consistent as she drained another long ball in the fourth along with a pair of buckets from Danae Sternecker and a deuce apiece from Winchester and Riley Radtke to finish things off.
“I thought we rebounded nicely from the tough loss at Fall Creek,” Kongshaug said. “We shot the ball well and Mattie gave us a spark early with her shooting. We are continuing to make solid progress with our team.”
Pitts scored all 12 of her team high points on four triples while Sternecker added 10 points all on five close range shots. The Mounders had another rough go at the foul stripe, hitting just 2 of 17 while Plum City was 8 for 16.
ELK MOUND (53) Pitts 4-0-0-12, Sternecker 5-0-1-10, Fasbender 3-1-4-9, Winchester 3-1-2-8, McVey 4-0-4-8, J. Solem 2-0-0-4, Radtke 1-0-0-2
PLUM CITY (31) C. Caturia 7-3-4-18, T. Chilson 4-4-6-12, S. Gilles 0-1-3-1
THREE POINTERS: Pitts 4, Fasbender 2, Winchester 1, Caturia 1