By Kelsie Hoitomt
An undefeated Elk Mound boys’ basketball team remained just that after they hosted the Boyceville Bulldogs last Thursday, January 16 and won 65-24.
The outcome was the same after Saturday’s contest in Plum City as the Bulldogs were defeated 64-46 by the Blue Devils.
The Bulldogs ended their week of play on Monday evening with another loss that came to the Glenwood City Hilltoppers by just a mere four points in a 47-43 final.
In Elk Mound
With a 6’ 6” point guard and a 6’ 8” player working in the middle of the group, the Mounders towered over the Bulldogs and posted shot after shot on the offense.
They were relentless in the first half with 25 points posted in the first quarter followed with an additional 20 in the second.
Despite the Bulldogs’ efforts, they only managed to score one basket in the entire first half of the game, which came from a three-pointer by Hunter Anderson.
“They run a very good 1-3-1 trap that in itself you see other teams try and run, but with their (Elk Mound) big guys they make it tough to get off uncontested shots and they force turnovers with it,” explained coach Jay Lagerstrom.
With the score at 45-3 coming out of the locker room, the Bulldogs had some work to do. They picked up their offensive play and started scoring baskets in the second half with 11 in the third quarter.
The three point shots were dropping through the hoop left and right from the Bulldogs including two from Jordan Kuhn and another by Anderson.
Their inside game was able to post shots in the fourth quarter with five doubles for ten points. Justin Schulz and Sam Hellmann each had two and Anderson had one.
As for the Mounders, they scored 15 points in the third to put the score at 60-14 and then five points in the fourth to end the game 65-24.
Scoring wise, it was Anderson who led the team in points with eight from his two triples and one double.
Kuhn followed with six points from two triples. Schulz and Hellmann each had four points from their two doubles. And Brady Schutts and Tyler Draeger each had a point from one free throw.
Loss in PC
“We started slow again and had too many unforced turnovers the first half. We need to do better on the defensive end of the court to keep ourselves in these games. If we’re struggling offensively we need to play good defense and currently we are not,” explained coach Jay Lagerstrom of the game.
The game started with the Bulldogs behind by eight with the first quarter score at 16-8. The offensive momentum of the Blue Devils continued to soar in the second quarter as they posted an additional 19 points.
The Bulldogs had 12 points on their end, including two more triples that came from Kuhn and McIntyre, which put the half-time score at 35-20.
Both teams were sluggish out of the locker room with few points scored. The Blue Devils had five shots for nine points and the Bulldogs scored five points from five free throws.
The Blue Devils still had a sizable lead of 43-25 going into the final quarter. There was a huge momentum shift in the last eight minutes as both teams scored 21 points.
The Bulldogs passed the ball around more throughout the team with six different players scoring baskets including three who sunk a triple; Schutts, Anderson and Draeger.
The game ended with Plum City being very active at the free throw line. They had 16 attempts with 11 free throws making it through the net; which accounted for their 21 points and 64-46 win.
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs had a great game from outside the arc with a total of seven triples including two from both Kuhn and McIntyre.
For points, it was McIntyre who led the team with ten before he went out with an ankle injury. He had the two triples, one double and two free throws.
Following was Kuhn with nine points from the two triples, one double and one free throw. Schutts had seven from one triple and he was four for four at the foul line. Schulz had six from two doubles and two free throws. Hellmann and Brett Boda each had four points and Draeger and Anderson each finished with three.
At home vs GC
It was a disheartening loss the Bulldogs suffered while at home on Monday against the Hilltoppers in the 47-43 final.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the start of the game as the score was tied at 9-9 when the first quarter ended.
Kuhn got the ball rolling for the team yet again with two three-pointers drained and a free throw in the first eight minutes. Draeger contributed a double as well to put the team’s first nine points on the board.
The offense stayed fairly consistent in the second quarter, but that was a hinderance as the Hilltoppers plowed ahead with 14 points scored against their eight to put the half-time score at 23-17.
After the break, the Bulldogs came out on the court with energy and they played their best quarter of the game with 14 points posted in the third.
Their 14 points against the Toppers’ additional 14 points in the third was enough to keep the Bulldogs six points away from tying the game.
The score was 37-31 going into the fourth. The game turned into a defensive battle as the foul play increased.
In the fourth quarter alone, the Bulldogs had eight attempts at the line with four making it through. McIntyre also contributed two three-point baskets to help the team score 12 points.
McIntyre’s back to back threes was enough to tie the game at 39. Schutts then gave the team their first lead of the quarter after he drained a foul shot.
It was Schutts again who drained three straight free throws to give the Bulldogs their final points with 28 seconds left to play.
However, the Toppers managed to score ten points of their own and keep the lead for the win.
Kuhn finished the night with another impressive game on offense. He posted 14 points from two treys, one double and he was six for eight at the line.
Schutts followed with ten points from two doubles and he also had six free throws. McIntyre had six from his two triples. Draeger had five from two doubles and a free throw. Boda shot two doubles and Schulz and Anderson each had one double.
The Bulldogs were back in action Tuesday night (Jan. 21) to host Cadott. They will play again this Friday night in Colfax.