by Marlys Kruger
ELK MOUND — After a dispiriting loss a few days earlier to Colfax, the Mounder girls were looking to get themselves back on a winning track when they hosted the Fall Creek Crickets on Monday night Dec. 8.
Fall Creek was undefeated at 3-0 and is expected to be a contender for the always tough Western Cloverbelt Conference championship this year.
But according to Mounder coach Jordon Kongshaug, his team came out flat and the result was a 61-40 loss to the Crickets.
“Fall Creek is a very solid team and you can’t afford to play like we did early on against a team like that,” he said.
Allie Weber and Sarah Winchester knocked down a trey each in the first half but the Mounders were down 35-19 at the break. They picked up the pace a bit in the third stanza when Elizabeth Fasbender hit a trio of shots from close range, McKenna McVey added a pair of deuces and Kami King connected on a bucket for 12 points, but the Crickets came up with 13 of their own and the Mounders trailed 48-31 heading into the final eight minutes.
McVey added four points on a couple of shots, Waive Melgaard and Weber both scored from close range and Fasbender dropped in a free throw to finish off the scoring for Elk Mound in the fourth quarter.
McVey led the Mounders with 14 points to go with 12 by Fasbender. Elk Mound connected on three of six free throws while the Crickets were 13 of 17. Whitney Folkers had a game high 17 points for Fall Creek.
Elk Mound is now 4-2 on the season and has an 11 day break before resuming action at Glenwood City Dec. 19.
FALL CREEK (61) Folkers 7-2-4-17, T. Mayenschein 4-3-3-11, S. Hohlfelder 3-0-0-8. J. Wittner 1-6-6-8, O. Burghardt 2-2-3-6, H. Buchholz 2-0-0-4, E. Dunham 1-0-0-3, K. Johnson 1-0-1-2, J. Geske 1-0-0-2
ELK MOUND (41) McVey 7-0-1-14, Fasbender 4-3-5-12, Weber 2-0-0-5, Winchester 2-0-0-5, King 1-0-0-2, Melgaard 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Hohlfelder 2, Weber 1, Fasbender 1, Winchester 1, Folkers 1