In a make up contest on their home court Jan. 20, the Elk Mound girls bounced back from a loss to Glenwood City last week to take a 43-37 win over St. Croix Central, but starting the second round of conference play on the road, the Mounders lost their game against Mondovi, 59-36. They are now 5-4 in the conference and 7-6 overall.
St. Croix Central
The Mounders found themselves behind the eight ball, down 11-8 after a quarter of play but thanks to five points by Elizabeth Fasbender and four each by Kami King and Danae Sternecker they managed to hold a 21-16 halftime lead.
They were outscored in the third quarter however, 10-7, and their five point lead was down to two heading into the final eight minutes. Fasbender tacked on six points on a pair of close range shots and a pair of free throws, Sarah Winchester hit two buckets from the paint, Mattie Pitts drained a triple and Jamie Solem dropped in a deuce, and the defense did just enough, holding the Panthers to 11 points, allowing them to finish off with the win.
“We struggled early in the game but played a solid fourth quarter,” Mounder coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “We did a better job on the defensive end tonight.”
Fasbender was the only Elk Mound player to record double digits in the scoring department with 11. The team knocked down 5 of 10 free throws while the Panthers were 9 for 18.
ELK MOUND (43): Fasbender 4-3-5-11, King 4-0-0-9, Winchester 4-0-0-8, Sternecker 3-0-0-6, Pitts 2-0-2-5, Solem 1-0-1-2, M. McVey 0-2-2-2
ST. CROIX CENTRAL (37): M. Johnson 4-0-1-10, E. Landry 4-2-5-10,K. Pabst 3-2-2-8, L. Moll 1-3-4-5, E. Scott 1-0-0-2, J. Rurelson 0-1-4-1, B. Kopacz 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Johnson 2, King 1, Pitts 1
Elk Mound started their season against the Buffaloes and lost by only eight points, but this group of senior led Buffaloes were on a five game winning streak with a 10-2 overall record and just one conference loss. The Mounders had been using their defense to stay in games, holding their opponents to an average of 35 points a game but on the other side of the spectrum, getting the ball in the basket has been a problem for them. This time was no different as they managed to break the Buffaloes full court press most of the game but their halfcourt offense was struggling. After Winchester tied the game at 2-2, the Mounders failed to score on three straight possessions allowing Mondovi to take a 11-2 lead. Buckets by Fasbender and McKenna McVey brought the Mounders closer at 11-6 but the quarter ended with them behind 19-10. Elk Mound missed five three point attempts and two from underneath the basket in the quarter.
Mondovi took advantage of three more mis-fires from long range and another in the paint by Elk Mound for a nine point run themselves before McVey scored on a deuce for a 28-12 Buffalo lead. Winchester then went on her own run, knocking down seven points on a pair of close range shots sandwiched around a triple but the half ended with the Mounders down 35-19.
A 13-1 run by the Buffaloes put Elk Mound even further in the hole at 48-20 midway through the third quarter but a McVey free throw followed by Fasbender’s deuce and triple finished the quarter off with them behind 53-26.
The deficit went to 30 points before Winchester scored from close range, Fasbender canned a a pair of free tosses, Winchester added two more freebies and finished off their scoring with a final bucket.
“I tip my hat to Mondovi,” Kongshaug said. “They played extremely well and shot the lights out. We missed some easy shots early on and with them hitting everything, the game got away from us.”
Winchester topped her season average of 10 points a game with 15 while Fasbender added 11. Casey Kent had a season high for Mondovi with 17 which included a trio of triples as the Buffaloes knocked down seven treys in the game while Elk Mound connected on two.
Weather permitting, Elk Mound will play three games this week, at home Jan. 27 against McDonell, at Spring Valley Jan. 28 and at home again Jan. 31 against Plum City.
MONDOVI (59) Kent 7-0-0-17, E. Stoughton 5-3-4-16, S. Kopp 3-1-1-8, O. Weiss 2-1-1-5, M. Mahlum 2-1-1-5, J. Franzwa 2-0-0-4, M. Lund 2-0-1-4
ELK MOUND (36) Winchester 6-2-3-15, Fasbender 4-2-5-11, McVey 3-1-2-7, K. King 1-0-0-2, Pitts 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Stoughton 3, Kent 3, Kopp 1, Fasbender 1, Winchester 1