The conference wins keep coming for the Elk Mound girls as they earned a pair of them including a 55-45 win at home over Elmwood-Plum City January 13, then stayed at home and pounded the St. Croix Central Panthers 65-38 three days later.
With Elmwood and Plum City combining this season, the newly formed Wolves have plenty of team depth with over 30 girls out this year. E-PC held a 10-9 advantage after the first quarter but the Mounders came up with 17 second quarter points with six coming from the foul line. Riley Radtke came up with five points on a triple and a pair of free tosses, Sarah Winchester connected for two freebies and a deuce, Kami King added four points on a bucket and two free throws and McKenna McVey scored from close range twice to allow the Mounders to take a 26-20 lead into the break.
Nine of Elk Mound’s 17 third quarter points came from long range as Allie Weber, Winchester and Radtke all drained a triple to help them up the lead to 10 points at 43-33 entering the final stanza. The teams played even in the fourth with 12 points each as Elk Mound went six for eight at the foul line with Elizabeth Fasbender connecting on all four of her attempts. As a team, Elk Mound was 12 for 14 from the free throw line on the night and E-PC was 13 for 18.
“We really had to grind out a win in this one,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “We did not play well defensively and we need to play better with a long stretch of games coming up.”
Winchester had a game high 16 points while Fasbender collected 10 for the Mounders.
ELK MOUND (55) Winchester 6-2-2-16, Fasbender 3-4-4-10, MvVey 4-1-2-9, Radtke 2-2-2-8, Weber 2-1-2-6, King 1-2-2-4, H. Cedarblade 1-0-0-2
ELMWOOD-PLUM CITY (45) C. Caturia 5-3-6-14, R. Kernstock 2-4-4-8, T. Chilson 4-0-0-8, S. Hall 1-1-2-4, J. Helmueller 1-2-2-4, J. Weix 0-3-4-3, A. Morrell 1-0-0-2, J. Kannel 1-0-02
THREE POINTERS: Winchester 2, Radtke 2, Weber 1, Hall 1, Caturia 1
St. Croix Central
The Mounders used their pressing defense most of the game, creating plenty of havoc and turnovers by the Panthers. But the offense was the story in the first half as they poured in 43 points on some hot shooting, including 15 points from McVey, 12 from Fasbender and eight by Winchester to help them take a 43-24 halftime lead.
Elk Mound increased their lead to 47-24 after a McVey free toss and Fasbender’s third trey of the game, and after Radtke’s second shot from behind the arc it was 53-28. Megan Krall got into the three point action as she drained one, and a free toss from Radtke put the score at 57-30 entering the final quarter.
Elk Mound finished things off with a pair of free throws by both Winchester and Krall along with buckets from McVey and Fasbender for the final score.
“Offensively, we played our best game of the year,” Kongshaug said. “And I thought our defensive intensity was solid. We came out with great energy and focus. We need to continue playing with a high sense of urgency the remainder of the season.”
McVey pounded the paint, scoring 18 of her game high 21 points on 9 deuces, all close to the basket. Fasbender added 17 points and Winchester 11. The Mounders were nine of 17 from the charity stripe while the Panthers were 11 of 16. The Mounders held the Panthers leading scorer (who also leads the conference with a 14 point average), Emma Landry to five points in the game. After a non-conference game at Durand Jan. 19, Elk Mound returns home to face Spring Valley Jan. 22.
ELK MOUND (65) McVey 9-3-7-21, Fasbender 7-0-0-17, Winchester 3-3-4-11, Radtke 2-1-2-7, Krall 2-2-2-7, W. Melgaard 1-0-0-2
ST. CROIX CENTRAL (38) M. Krogseng 4-4-4-12, L. Moll 3-0-0-8, A. Kopacz 1-4-4-7, Landry 2-1-2-5, J. Rovelson 2-0-0-4, B. Singleton 0-1-4-1, J. Singleton 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Fasbender 3, Winchester 2, Radtke 2, Moll 2, Krall 1, Kopacz 1