It was a pretty good start for the Elk Mound girls as they took a pair of road wins on the basketball court, starting with a 65-34 pounding over Plum City-Elmwood Tuesday, Nov. 18 and then crushed St. Croix Central, 55-33, on Friday, Nov. 21.
With the Plum City and Elmwood combining this season, there will be just eight teams in the D-SC conference.
The Mounders held Cheyanne Caturia, who was the second leading scorer in the conference last year with a 13.2 average as a Blue Devil, to nine points in this contest as they used a huge first quarter to set the tone of the game and take the win.
Elk Mound jumped out to a 23-5 lead after the first eight minutes as Sarah Winchester connected for nine points on three deuces and a trey while Elizabeth Fasbender added a triple and a pair of free throws to go with two buckets from MeKenna McVey, a three ball from Kami King and a short range shot by Waive Melgaard.
The Mounders were in control by the halftime break, up 36-13 with help from six points from McVey and a trey by Allie Weber, and with three other players getting into the scoring column including Riley Radtke with a deuce, Madysen Borofka with a triple and Jordan Sorenson hitting a free toss.
The lead was upped to 49-23 after three quarters of play.
Adding points to the scoreboard in the final stanza were Megan Krall with five on a deuce and a triple along with Hannah Cedarblade with a bucket.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” coach Jordan Kongshaug said.
“We were really focused and we shot the ball extremely well to start the game and we were able to feed off that momentum.”
11 different Mounders scored in the game as McVey led the way with 14 and Winchester added 13. The team was 6 for 12 at the foul line while PC-E was 12 for 14.
Elk Mound (65) FG-FTM-FTA-PTS- McVey 7-0-2-14, Winchester 7-0-0-13, Fasbender 3-2- 2-9, Radtke 2-1-3-5, King 2-0-1-5, Krall 2-0-0-5, Borofka1-1-2-4, Sorenson 1-1- 2-3, Weber 1-0-1-3, Cedarblade 1-0-0-2, Melgaard 1-0-0-2.
Plum City-Elmwood (34) Caturia 2-4-4-9, T. Chilson 1-4-4-6, J. Holt 2-0-0-4, R. Redding 1-2-3-4, S. Hall 1-0-0-3, K. Lee 1-0-0-2, L. Fredrickson 1-0-0-2, J. Weix 1-0-0-2, J. Kannel 0-2-3-2.
Three Pointers: Fasbender 1, Weber 1, Winchester 1, King 1, Krall 1, Hall 1, Caturia 1
St. Croix Central
The Mounders jumped out to another early lead at 18-10 as McVey scored seven of the team points while Winchester added four.
Elk Mound pretty much owned the second quarter however, outscoring the Panthers 21-4 as King came up with six points on a triple, a deuce and a free toss while Weber and Borofka both nailed a shot from three point land.
The teams played even in the third stanza with 10 points each but the Mounders were up 49-24 entering the final eight minutes.
McVey added the final six points of the game for the Mounders to finish off the big win.
“We made some adjustments with our pressure to build a nice lead,” Kongshaug said. “But we didn’t play well in the second half so we will have to do a better job of keeping our focus and intensity level up,” he added.
McVey was the only Mounder in double figures with 18 points while Emma Landry led the Panthers with 20.
Elk Mound (55) McVey 7-4-5-18, Fasbender 4-0-0-8, King 3-1-2-8, Winchester 3-0-0-6, Cedarblade 1-1-2-4, Radtke 2-0-0-4, Weber 1-0-0-3, Borofka 1-0-0-3, Melgaard 0-1-3-1.
St. Croix Central (33) Landry 8-4-8-20, M. Krogseng 2-0-0- 4, J. Ruvelson 1-1-4-3, K. Cress 1-0-0-2, A. Kopacz 1-0-0-2, A. Olson 1-0-0-2.
Three Pointers: Cedarblade 1, Weber 1, King 1, Borofka 1