ELK MOUND -— If ever there was a signature win for the Elk Mound girls this season, the 59-50 win over La Crosse Aquinas Feb. 5 on their home court would be it. Aquinas came into the Mounders’ gym sporting a 16-2 record, were 10-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference, and were ranked in the top 10 of Division 4 schools in three different polls. Not only did Elk Mound come up with the win, they came from behind by 13 points at the half to earn the victory.
The Mounders were down 21-10 after the first quarter and 31-18 at halftime, but an explosive 28-point third quarter was the story of the game. With both teams pounding the paint all night, (each team had just one three pointer), Elk Mound used five deuces from Sarah Winchester, five from McKenna McVey who added a free toss, a triple by Allie Weber, a deuce from Kami King and a pair of free throws by Elizabeth Fasbender to take a 46-38 lead after the third quarter.
The Mounders were outscored 14-12 in the final quarter, but free throws were key for them as Fasbender was four for four and King was two for two from the stripe while Winchester scored in the lane twice and McVey added a short range shot and a free toss to keep them far enough head to hang on for the win.
Three Mounders finished in double figures in the scorebook with Winchester leading the way with 20 while McVey added 16 and King 11. Fasbender had seven points, all from the charity stripe on seven for nine shooting. The Mounders were 18 for 28 from the foul line while Aquinas was 21 for 30.
“It was a great win for our program and I am proud of how the girls came back against a good team,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said.
ELK MOUND (59) Winchester 7-6-7-20, McVey 7-7-2-6-16, King 4-3-3-11, Fasbender 0-7-9-7, Weber 1-0-2-3, Radtke 1-0-1-2
AQUINAS (50) C. Riffler 7-10-11-24, M. Miller 3-0-0-6, H. Nelson 1-2-2-5, M. Collins 1-2-5-4, K. Steiner 2-0-3-4, S. McCoy 0-2-2-2, A. Mathy 0-2-2-2, S. Halverson 0-2-2-2, M. Miller 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Weber 1, Nelson 1