ELK MOUND — Things should be looking up for the Elk Mound girls’ basketball team this year as they return three All Conference players who also happen to be their leading scorers from last season. The team finished 15-8 overall last year and 10-5 in conference play. After winning a first round regional game over Mauston, the Mounders fell victim to powerhouse Neillsville to end their season.
Although they lose several players through graduation who played a lot of varsity last year including Jamie Solem, Danae Sternecker and Mattie Pitts along with Katie Johnson, returning for coach Jordan Kongshaug from that team are juniors Sarah Winchester and McKenna McVey who were both Second team AC picks, along with Honorable Mention sophomore Elizabeth Fasbender. Winchester was the leading scorer with an 11 point average, led the team in steals with 75, was fourth in rebounding and third in assists. Fasbender was second for the Mounders in the scoring department with a nine point average, third in rebounds and fourth in assists while McVey was third in scoring at almost eight points a game, led the team in rebounds with eight per game, was fifth in assists and second in steals.
Others returning with some experience are senior Jordan Sorenson, junior Taylor Deling and sophomores Kami King and Riley Radtke. Filling out the squad is junior Waive Melgaard and sophomores Kaitlyn Baier and Megan Krall along with a large group of freshmen including Allie Weber, Alex Jenson, Madysen Borofka, Emily Winchester, Emily Bartig, Crista Sweeney, Maddie Jenson, Hannah Cedarblade and Lexi Schindler.
Head coach Jordan Konshaug is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season.
“I think we have a chance to be very competitive in the conference this year,” he said. “Our kids worked hard in the off-season to get ready for the year. Until someone beats them, Colfax is still the favorite since they are the defending champions. I think Glenwood City will be very solid and Boyceville is always competitive.”
Kongshaug will be assisted by Jon Chisholm, Mike Schiszik and Mike Woffstein. The Mounders start the season at Plum City Tuesday, Nov. 18.