The wins keep coming for the Elk Mound boys as they collected two more against conference opponents on the road including a 64-17 victory over the St. Croix Central Panthers Jan. 21 and another against the Glenwood City Hilltoppers 55-28 Jan. 24. The Mounders stand alone at the top of the conference at 11-0 and are 14-1 overall.
St. Croix Central
The Mounders’ defense continues to smother opposing teams as they held the Panthers to three points in each of the first two quarters while pouring in 38 themselves. Zac Doll picked up 11 of his 13 points in the game in the first quarter while Austin Hanson in his first start of the season added six, while Dexter Curry scored 10 of his game high 16 in the second stanza.
Points were added on by seven different players in the second half but none of them had more than four. Hunter Kohls scored on a pair of free throws and a deuce, Alex Hollister and Noah Zurbuchen both nailed a triple and Dane Lew, Travis Nelson, Logan Strom and Justin Erpenbach all added two points each.
“We had another large lead at the half but I didn’t think we played very well on defense,” said Mounder coach Chris Hahn, an obvious perfectionist. “We were lucky they weren’t able to score easily. Teams that have more offensive threats will cause us problems if we defend with such little intensity. I was happy with Austin Hanson in his first start tonight and also with Travis Nelson who had a lot of deflections on the defensive end which led to a lot of turnovers by Central and some easy transition buckets for us.”
ELK MOUND (64) Curry 7-2-3-16, Doll 6-0-5-13, Hanson 5-0-0-11, Nelson 3-0-0-6, Kohls 1-2-2-4, Strom 2-0-0-4, Hollister 1-0-0-3, Zurbuchen 1-0-2-3, Lew 0-2-2-2, Erpenbach 1-0-0-2
ST. CROIX CENTRAL (17) E. Nielsen 2-0-0-6, J. Albright 1-1-2-3, J. Matteson 1-0-0-2, C. Lyksett 1-0-0-2, T. Berg 0-2-2-2, J. Freyholtz 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Nielson 2, Hollister 1, Doll 1, Zurbuchen 1, Hanson 1
Elk Mound’s defense slacked off a bit as they gave up nine first half points to the Hilltoppers. It didn’t matter much however, as they collected 34 themselves for a commanding halftime lead. Doll led the way with 11 of those points coming from four deuces and a triple while Nelson drained a trio of treys, Hanson added six points on three close range shots, Curry collected six on both a pair of deuces and free throws and Lew knocked down a bucket.
Doll tacked on his final six points of the night in the third quarter to go with four each by Curry and Strom and a deuce from Adam Gottschack, while they continued to stymie the Toppers on the defensive end, holding them to seven points as they held a 50-16 lead heading into the final eight minutes. Cole Tyman and Justin Erpenbach combined to score all the Mounder’s points in the fourth with Tyman hitting a free throw and a triple for four points.
“Our effort on the defensive end was really good tonight,” Hahn said.”We only had a few times we were out of position and we did a great job of forcing Glenwood into places they didn’t want to be. They have a lot of good athletes and I thought they might give us a great game but our boys were determined and focused not to let them have any hope on their offensive possessions.”
Doll led all scorers with 17 while Curry added 10. Elk Mound was 4 of 6 from the charity stripe while Glenwood City was 8 for 12.
ELK MOUND (55) Doll 7-2-2-17, Curry 3-4-6-10, Nelson 3-0-0-9, Hanson 3-0-0-6, Strom 2-0-0-4, Tyman 1-1-2-4, Lew 1-0-0-2, A. Gottschalk 1-0-0-2, Erpenbach 0-1-5-1
GLENWOOD CITY (28) R. Ross 2-1-2-6, J. Hierlmeier 3-0-1-6, B. Norenberg 0-4-4-4, T. Petersen 1-2-2-4, N. Mrdutt 1-1-3-3, K. Wallace 1-0-0-3. M. Kadinger 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Doll 1, Tyman 1, Wallace 1, Ross 1