The Elk Mound girls used balanced scoring to hang on for a 59-58 home win over the Loyal Greyhounds Jan. 5, then stayed at home on a bitter cold night to host Mondovi, collecting their sixth Dunn St. Croix Conference win over the Buffaloes 50-30.
The Greyhounds are no slouch of a team as they entered the Mounders’ gym ranked number five in the state in Division 5 with a 6-1 record and were 5-0 in the always tough Cloverbelt East Conference. Elk Mound was ready for them however, and the game was nip and tuck throughout with neither team leading by more than six points all night. Kami King started the game off with a three pointer for a 3-0 Mounder lead and Sarah Winchester scored from the paint and added a triple for an 8-6 lead. Elizabeth Fasbender and McKenna McVey both added two points from the paint but the score was knotted at 12-12 after the first stanza.
Loyal scored quickly for a two point lead but the Mounders countered on a King bucket. Elk Mound went up 20-17 on a McVey shot and free toss and a triple by Winchester and after King scored on a layup the half ended with the Mounders up 31-25.
Loyal scored five straight points to cut the Mounder lead to 31-30 before McVey hit a couple of shots from the paint, but Loyal players continued to counter her shots. Winchester and King then drained a triple each for a 45-42 lead heading into the final quarter. McVey’s deuce upped the lead to five, but a three pointer by the Greyhounds’ Morgan Reinwand cut the lead to two before Allie Weber hit two of three free tosses after being fouled on a three point attempt. Holding a slight 50-49 advantage, Winchester drained a triple and after a Fasbender drive and layup and two more freebies from Weber, it appeared the Mounders were in control with a 57-51 lead with just over a minute to play. Two Greyhound free throws cut the gap again before Fasbender came up with two of her own. The Greyhounds scored from the lane, then swiped the inbounds pass away from the Mounders and scored to keep the Elk Mound lead at 59-58. With a missed free throw by the Mounders and a Loyal shot that was off the mark at the buzzer, the game finally came to a close in favor of Elk Mound.
“This was a well played game by both teams,” Mounder coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “We played well offensively by attacking and moving the ball well. We also shot extremely well. Loyal is a good team and it feels good to come out on top,” he added.
Four Mounders scored in double figures including Winchester, King and McVey who all had 14 points to go with 11 by Fasbender. The Mounders continue to improve from the charity stripe as they were eight for 10 while the Greyhounds were 11 for 16.
ELK MOUND (59) Winchester 5-0-0-14, King 6-0-0-14, McVey 6-2-3-14, Fasbender 4-2-2-11, H. Cedarblade 1-0-0-2
LOYAL (58) K. Rueth 9-3-4-24, Reinwand 6-0-0-13, D. Schoonover 1-4-4-6, M. benz 2-1-4-5, K. Hoeser 2-0-0-4, R. Wilke 1-0-0-3, J. Young 0-2-2-2
THREE POINTERS: Winchester 4, Rueth 3, King 2, Fasbender 1, Reinwand 1, Wilke 1
In what Kongshaug considered a “sloppy” game for his team, Fasbender was the go to girl in the first quarter as she scored 10 of the Mounders 16 points for a 16-9 lead. Elk Mound scored all their points from the paint in the second stanza as McVey connected on four shots, Winchester added two buckets and a free toss and Fasbender and Hannah Cedarblade both hit a deuce for a 33-17 Mounder lead at the break.
McVey continued to add points with a trio of shots from close range and two free tosses to help boost the Elk Mound lead to 18 points at 43-25 after three quarters of play and a Weber triple and two Winchester buckets closed out the scoring with the Mounders taking the 20 point win.
“We struggled to convert turnovers into baskets,” Kongshaug said. “But we made enough plays to come out with the win.”
Balanced scoring played a big part again as three Mounders finished with double digits including McVey with 16, Fasbender with 14 and Winchester added 13.
ELK MOUND (50) McVey 7-2-4-16, Fasbender 6-1-1-14, Winchester 6-1-1-13, Weber 1-0-0-3, Cedarblade 1-0-0-2, King 1-0-0-2
MONDOVI (30) M. Christopherson 4-1-1-10, A. Rud 2-3-6-7, M. Mahlum 2-1-1-5, S. Laehn 2-0-0-4, J. Risler 1-0-0-2, A. Accola 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Weber 1, Fasbender 1, Christopherson 1