The Elk Mound boys lost a forgettable game to Prescott 43-13 January 12 on the road, then broke a five game losing streak with a 49-35 win on the road again over the Glenwood City Hilltoppers on Saturday afternoon, January 17.
A pair of injured Mounders made their return to the floor including Justin Erpenbach who started the season before getting hurt and Dane Lew who broke his leg back in the fall in a football game. Both contributed as Erpenbach came up with eight points and some key defensive plays including drawing two charges, while Lew hit three free throws in the fourth quarter.
Elk Mound was down 10-5 after a quarter of play and were even further in the hole when the Toppers took a 19-7 lead in the second stanza. They went on a seven point run however, drawing closer and were down just 19-14 at the intermission.
The Mounders used a 16 point third quarter to pull ahead while shoring up their defense to hold the Toppers to seven points. After knotting things up at 23-23, Brandon Bohl canned a triple to give Elk Mound a lead. Bohl had two treys in the quarter and Cole Tyman was having his way at close range as he canned four deuces and the Mounders were up 30-26 heading into the final eight minutes.
Elk Mound took control early in the fourth, pulling out to a 35-26 lead just a minute into the quarter and upped the lead to 12 at 44-32 with a minute left. The Mounders went to the charity stripe nine times in the quarter and connected on nine of 16 free tosses to help earn the win.
“We played very well in the second half of the game,” coach Chris Hahn said. “I was really happy with our aggressiveness in attacking the Hilltoppers press. It was really nice to have all our players available, even if they are not 100 percent. This was a big win for us and it keeps us in the conference race. We have two good tests looming and we will have to continue to play well,” he added. Those tests include home games against Mondovi Tuesday, January 20 and Elmwood-Plum City Friday the 23rd.
Tyman led the Mounders with 16 points while Bohl added 11 with a trio of triples. Elk Mound was nine of 20 from the foul line while the Toppers were just one of two. Glenwood City’s Jake Hierlmeier, the second leading scorer in the conference with a 15 point average was shut out by the Mounders’ defense while Todd Peterson, who averages 11 a game finished with just six points.
ELK MOUND (49) Tyman 7-1-1-16, Bohl 3-2-2-11, Erpenbach 4-0-7-8, C. Svee 3-0-0-6, Lew 0-3-4-3, A. Hollister 1-1-2-3, C. Pritchard 0-1-2-1, N. Zurbuchen 0-1-2-1
GLENWOOD CITY (35) N. Schone 3-0-0-8, K. Wallace 2-1-2-7, M. Kadinger 3-0-0-6, Peterson 3-0-0-6, T. Woodruff 1-0-0-3, N. Mrdutt 1-0-0-3, J. Ormson 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Bohl 3, Schone 2, Wallace 2, Tyman 1, Woodruff 1, Mrdutt 1
The Cardinals are ranked second in the state in Division 3 and the Mounders stayed with them in the first quarter, down just 14-11. But Prescott, after losing the sectional championship game to Elk Mound last year, took control and held them to just two points in the final three quarters for a 45-13 win. Bohl and Tyman both scored six points to lead the Mounders.
PRESCOTT (45) C. Seifert 5-1-2-14, M. Brookshaw 4-0-0-10, B. Ryan 3-1-3-3-8, P. Brookshaw 1-1-2-4, N. Simon 1-0-0-3, O. Hamilton 1-1-2-3, M. Stenroos 1-0-0-2
ELK MOUND (13) Bohl 2-0-0-6, Tyman 2-1-2-6, Svee 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: M. Brookshaw 3, Seifert 3, Bohl 2, Tyman 1, P. Brookshaw 1, Simon 1, Ryan 1