After beating the St. Croix Central Panthers by 15 points earlier in the season, the Mounder boys struggled offensively the first half, resulting in their fifth conference loss of the season. 64-48 on the Panthers’ home court. It was the only game of the week for Elk Mound, leaving them with a 4-10 overall record and 4-5 in conference play.
Elk Mound fell behind 13-7 after the first quarter and came up with 13 second quarter points on a pair of triples by Brandon Bohl, two shots from close up from Justin Erpenbach and a trey from Cole Tyman but the Panthers exploded for 25 points of their own and built a 38-20 halftime lead.
The Mounders outscored the Panthers in the second half, but only by a scant 28-26 margin and it wasn’t enough to make any kind of a run. Dane Lew connected on a trio of triples and two free tosses in the half, Tyman added seven points, Erpenbach six, Bohl two and Noah Zurbuchen two.
Lew and Tyman tied for team honors in the scoring department with 13 points each while Erpenbach had 11. The Mounders were eight of 15 from the foul line while Central was 14 of 16.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL (64) E. Neilson 7-7-8-25, J. Albright 5-2-2-12, J. Matteson 4-0-0-10, J. Freyholtz 3-1-2-7, T. Anderson 3-0-0-6, C. Lyksett 0-4-4-4
ELK MOUND (48) Lew 4-2-3-13, Tyman 4-2-2-13, Erpenbach 5-1-4-11, Bohl 2-2-2-8, Zurbuchen 1-1-3-3
THREE POINTERS: Neilson 4, Lew 3, Tyman 3, Bohl 2 Matteson 2