In yet another pair of conference wins, the Elk Mound boys used a big second quarter to take a 60-41 win at Spring Valley Feb. 4, then didn’t wait that long to put the game away against Plum City as they burned the nets for 27 first quarter points in a 66-35 victory Feb. 7 at home.The Mounders are 14-0 in conference play and the two wins give them at least a tie for another conference championship with games against Colfax and Boyceville left.
Although Elk Mound coach Chris Hahn wasn’t thrilled about the defensive play of his team, the offense hit enough big shots to earn the win. After holding a slim 10-6 win after the first quarter, the Mounders exploded for 27 second quarter points coming from nine on three triples by Travis Nelson, eight by Zac Doll on a deuce and two treys, eight more by Dex Curry on four close range shots and a deuce by Adam Gottschalk for a 37-18 halftime lead.
Curry added five more buckets in the third quarter for over half of the Mounder’s 18 points to increase the lead to 26 at 56-30 and as usual, Elk Mound slowed things up in the final eight minutes, adding on just four points on baskets from Doll and Curry.
“Curry and Doll were able to shoot very well tonight, Nelson hit some open shots and Gottschalk helped create plays by getting into the gaps for us,” Hahn said. “But we had a high number of turnovers tonight and I was disappointed in that. Our energy needs to improve and our seniors need to play with some urgency on the defensive side if we are going make a run in the playoffs,” he added.
Curry finished with 20 points to lead the Mounders while Doll added 19. Elk Mound held Spring Valley sharpshooter Zac Webster under his 17 point average to 10 points on the night.
ELK MOUND (60) Curry 10-0-0-20, Doll 8-0-0-19, Nelson 3-1-2-10, H. Kohls 3-0-1-6, L. Strom 1-0-0-3, Gottschalk 1-0-0-2
SPRING VALLEY (41) Ja. Helmer 6-0-0-12, Webster 3-4-4-10, Jo. Helmer 3-0-0-9, J. Hannack 2-0-0-4, B. Becker 1-0-0-3, S. Borgerding 1-1-2-3
THREE POINTERS: Doll 3, Nelson 3, Jo. Helmer 3, Strom 1, Becker 1
Just five Mounders scored in the contest but four of them were in double figures as Doll and Curry led the way with 18 points each. Hunter Kohls added 14 and Logan Strom came up with 10 while Nelson tacked on the other six points. Elk Mound led 27-9 after the first quarter and held the Blue Devils to single digit scoring in the second and fourth quarters, holding a 45-17 halftime lead. They continued the rout with 19 third quarter points to up the lead to 36 points at 45-19 then coasted the final quarter as both teams came up with seven points.