by Maryls Kruger
SPRING VALLEY — The Elk Mound girls remain perfect in conference play at 3-0 after a 57-22 win at Spring Valley Nov. 25. After three road games, the Mounders will finally play at home Dec. 2 against Boyceville.
The Mounders employed a full court press right off the bat and forced several turnovers by the struggling Cardinals, but they weren’t doing much offensively themselves against the 2-3 zone employed by the Cardinals as they held just a 4-2 lead with three minutes to go in the opening quarter. But they rattled off seven straight points to up the lead to 11-2 and finished off the quarter with two more buckets and led 15-5.
Erupting for 28 second quarter points pretty much put the game away by halftime for the Mounders. Leading 20-9, Sarah Winchester drained a three pointer, Riley Radtke scored on a fast break layup, Elizabeth Fasbender knocked down a couple of free tosses, Winchester hit from the paint, Allie Weber added another layup, Radtke scored from under the hoop off a Winchester assist and Weber canned a triple for a 36-9 lead. After a McKenna McVey deuce, Fasbender hit from downtown and Kami King came up with another layup to put the Mounders up 43-12 at the break.
“We got off to a solid start,” Mounder coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “I thought we came out with great energy on the defensive end.”
Elk Mound pulled off their press to start the third quarter but still managed to keep the Cardinals in check while they continued to put points up, adding 14 more with McVey coming up with three deuces, including one on a steal and layup as the Mounders came close to getting into a running clock with a 57-22 lead. All eight of the Mounder’s fourth quarter points came from the foul line as Hannah Cedarblade was there four times, hitting three of six in the bonus, while Madysen Borofka was three for four and Megan Krall and Jordan Sorenson both were one for two.
Balanced scoring was again a key factor as the Mounders had 11 players put points on the scoreboard. McVey led the way with 14 while Fasbender added 11.
ELK MOUND (65) McVey 7-0-2-14, Fasbender 3-4-4-11, King 3-2-4-9, Winchester 3-0-0-7, Radtke 3-0-0-6, Weber 2-0-0-5, W. Melgaard 2-1-1-5, Cedarblade 0-3-6-3, Borofka 0-3-4-3, Sorenson 0-1-2-1, Krall 0-1-2-1
SPRING VALLEY (30) B. Fesenmeier 4-3-3-11, E. Brorsen 3-0-0-6, C. Quinn 2-0-3-5, J. Diekman 2-0-0-4, K. McGrane 1-0-0-2, S. O’Brian 1-0-1-2
THREE POINTERS: Weber 1, Fasbender 1, King 1, Winchester 1, Quinn 1