With two of their three games played against Western Cloverbelt Conference teams last week, the Elk Mound girls played some pretty good basketball as they defeated Stanley-Boyd 45-43 Feb. 3, beat D-SC conference opponent Spring Valley 47-42 a day later, then added another win 68-42 over Chippewa Falls McDonell Feb. 6.
The Orioles were 7-3 in a very strong Western Cloverbelt Conference, behind Fall Creek and Eau Claire Regis. They also have the leading scorer in the conference with Jamie Reit who averages 17 points a game. Reit managed to score 18 with 14 coming in the final quarter as the Mounders were forced to come up with some big plays to hang on for the win.
After leading 23-17 at the half with Jamie Solem coming up big with 10 of those points on a triple and deuce in both quarters, the Mounders pulled out to an even bigger lead at 36-23 after three quarters with McKenna McVey knocking down four buckets from close range. But Reit got hot and the Mounders were not as they missed four open layups and turned the ball over several times, allowing the Orioles to score 20 points while they came up with only nine in the last eight minutes of play. Elk Mound was 3 for 3 on free throws in the fourth quarter while Stanley-Boyd was 5 for 7.
“We played well the first three quarters but not in the fourth,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “But we did a nice job responding to their run and finished the game off with the win.”
McVey led the Mounders with 14 points to go with a season high 12 from Solem and 11 by Sarah Winchester. The Mounders were 7 for 10 at the foul line while S-B was 11 for 17.
ELK MOUND (45) McVey 6-2-3-14, Solem 5-0-0-12, Winchester 4-1-1-11, E. Fasbender 0-4-6-4, M. Pitts 2-0-0-4
STANLEY-BOYD (43) Reit 7-2-4-18, J. Hoffstatter 1-6-9-8, A. Hazuga 2-3-4-7, B. Ducommun 2-0-0-4, L. Bauer 2-0-0-4, P. McCauley 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Solem 2, Winchester 2, Reit 2
Leading by a scant one point at 8-7 after the opening quarter, Elk Mound exploded for 24 points in the second stanza while holding the Cardinals to a measly six for a 32-13 lead. Winchester knocked down a trio of triples while McVey and Elizabeth Fasbender both contributed with six points each.
Although they were outscored 13-12 in the third quarter, the Mounders appeared to have a big enough cushion at 44-26 but the Cardinals had other plans as they poured in 15 points in the final quarter while Elk Mound could add just three on a Solem deuce and a McVey free throw, making the final score closer then it should have been.
“This was another game where we played poorly in the fourth quarter and had to make some plays to hold on for a win,” Kongshaug said.
Winchester nailed four treys on her way to a 16 point night to lead the Mounders as they were just 3 of 12 from the charity stripe while the Cardinals were 3 of 4 from the line.
ELK MOUND (47) Winchester 6-0-0-18, McVey 4-1-5-9, Fasbender 2-2-4-7, Solem 3-0-1-6, K. King 2-0-0-4, M. Pitts 1-0-0-3, W. Melgaard 1-0-0-2
SPRING VALLEY (41) B. Fesenmaier 4-4-6-12, T. O’Keefe 4-3-4-11, E. Boisen 4-0-0-8, E. Brorsen 3-0-0-6, T. Leach 1-0-0-2, S. O’Brian 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Winchester 4, Fasbender 1, Pitts 1
Chippewa Falls McDonell
Scoring their highest point total of the season, the Mounders came up with a big first half with 21 of their 40 points coming from behind the three point line. Kami King knocked down two in the first quarter along with one from Solem and Mattie Pitts was on fire, draining three in the second stanza along with one by Fasbender as the Mounders were in control at the half 40-11.
Pitts continued to have the hot hand, adding a trio of second half treys to go with a deuce and a pair of free throws for a game high 22 points while Winchester got into the long ball action with one in the fourth quarter to help with the big win. King ended the game with a career high 16 points.
“We really came out to play tonight,” coach Kongshaug said. “We shot the ball extremely well and our defense was very impressive. Hopefully, we can carry some momentum into our next game at Colfax,” he added.
ELK MOUND (68) Pitts 7-2-2-22, King 7-0-0-16, Winchester 5-0-0-11, Solem 3-0-0-7, McVey 2-1-2-5, Sternecker 2-0-3-4, Fasbender 1-0-0-3
MCDONELL(42) T. McChesney 6-2-2-15, J. Knowlton 3-1-2-8, S. Schemenauer 1-3-3-7, J. Verbick 1-0-1-3, B. Heieltke 1-1-2-3, B. Eckert 1-0-0-2, D. Baier 1-0-0-2, J. Verbick 0-2-2-2