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Four Lady Mounders end high school hoops career

ELK MOUND — Improving as the season went on was always one of the top goals for the Elk Mound girls’ basketball team and a group of  seniors made sure that goal was met during their playing days. This year the team won eight of their last nine games, won a first round regional game against Mauston in their first year in Division 3 before ending the season with a loss to number one ranked Neillsville.

Jamie Solem was a three year letter winner for the Mounders and was a key player on both ends of the court as she led the team in assists with 58 (third in the conference) and in steals with 53 this season. She scored 84 points and collected 38 rebounds for the team as they finished with a 15-8 record and 10-5 in conference play for fourth place. As a junior, Jamie was second on the team in assists with 56 to go with 83 points, 41 rebounds and 32 steals. Playing point guard most of her career, she totaled 251 points, 103 rebounds, 138 assists and 104 steals. Playing in 73 games over four years, her high scoring game was 13 points against Stanley-Boyd her sophomore year. She knocked down 48 of 90 free throw attempts in those years for 53% shooting. In her three years the Mounders were 46-25 overall and 29-18 in conference play.

Madeline (Mattie) Pitts also lettered three years for coach Jordan Kongshaug and turned out to be quite the three point specialist, finishing second on the team this year with 32. She canned six of those in nine attempts in a game against McDonell Central and finished with 22 points. Her career high game came earlier in the season however with 23 against Spring Valley. She  finished the year with 150 points, 41 rebounds, 18 assists and 29 steals. In 57 games for the Mounders, Mattie collected 204 points which included 44 triples, and finished with 54 rebounds, 27 assists and 38 steals.

Katie Johnson was the hard luck story for Elk Mound this year. After lettering as a sophomore and junior, Katie did not play in any games as a senior due to an injury. Playing in 28 games in those two seasons, Katie scored 20 points, gathered 36 rebounds, picked up 17 assists and 29 steals.

Danae Sternecker, the tallest Mounder on the team at 6’2, was a two year letter winner and had her most productive year as a senior. Danae scored 67 points (69 total) and was second on the team in rebounds with 102, picked up eight assists and seven steals but her biggest contribution came on the defensive end, stuffing anyone who tried to get near the basket as she led the team with 31 blocked shots. Five of those came in a game against Mondovi where she also had a career high 15 rebounds. She scored a career high nine points against Plum City this year.

Coach Kongshaug had plenty of praise for his seniors throughout the season. “These seniors did not receive any recognition for All Conference but they stepped up their games during the last half of the season,” coach Kongshaug said. “They were very dedicated to the game and we will miss their leadership.”