While the Elk Mound boys traveled to Green Bay for a holiday tournament, the girls elected to play at the Onalaska Luther tournament like they have done the past few years and used the offensive power of two underclassmen to win it for the second year in a row. With 22 points coming from sophomore Sarah Winchester, the Mounders came from behind for a 51-49 win over Osseo-Fairchild, then freshman Elizabeth Fasbender scored 16 points to lead them in a 48-39 win over Fennimore. Both players were named to the All Tournament team for their efforts.
Winchester had her breakout game of the season, scoring half of the Mounders 28 first half points but her team was down by two at the break. She added a triple to go with a deuce each by Kami King and McKenna McVey in the third quarter but heading into the final eight minutes of play, Elk Mound was down 42-35 and had to come up with 16 points while holding off the Thunder’s own rally to earn the two point win. Mattie Pitts canned a pair of treys and Fasbender and Winchester both came up with five points to seal the win.
“Honestly, we didn’t play very well in this game,” Mounder coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “We turned the ball over too much and didn’t play well on the defensive end. But we did do a better job of being aggressive on the offensive end.”
ELK MOUND (51)
Winchester 9-2-6-22, Fasbender 4-4-5-12, Pitts 3-0-0-9, King 2-0-3-4, McVey 2-0-0-4
W. Filla 7-3-4-17, S. Solie 5-2-8-12, A. Gilbertson 3-1-2-8, A. Pederson 1-2-4-4, K. Barney 2-0-0-4
Pitts 3, Winchester 2, Gilbertson 1
The championship game was more of a defensive battle early on as the Mounders found themselves down at the break again, this time 17-13. But the offense came alive as they more then doubled their first half score with Fasbender coming up with 14 second half points on two treys, three buckets from close range and a pair of free throws. Winchester added seven points to go with six by Pitts and five from King and the defense did their part to pull away for the nine-point win.
“We played a very solid game,” Kongshaug said after the win. “Our kids were willing to do the little things correctly to win the game. We took care of the ball and gave a great defensive effort. If we can get that effort consistently, we will have a successful second half of the season,” he added.
After shooting 6 for 14 at the foul line for 42% against Osseo-Fairchild, the Mounders were 11 for 17 for 64% against Fennimore.
ELK MOUND (48)
Fasbender 6-2-2-16, Winchester 4-3-4-13, MvVey 3-1-2-7, Pitts 2-1-2-6, King 1-3-4-5, J. Solem 0-1-3-1
A. Needham 5-8-9-18,
Fasbender 2, Winchester 2, Pitts 1