The Elk Mound girls’ basketball team came up with their eleventh conference win of the season with a 59-40 win at home against Glenwood City in a Friday night game Feb. 13, but less then 24 hours later lost to a powerful Assumption team in Wisconsin Rapids 62-48.
The Mounders continue to use their pressure defense to set up their offense which led to plenty of Hilltopper turnovers and several points in the paint the first half. McKenna McVey was unstoppable from close range as she dropped in 17 points on eight buckets and a free toss while Allie Weber, Kami King and Sarah Winchester all drained a triple as the Mounders built a 34-17 halftime lead.
Although the Toppers outscored them 12-10 in the third quarter, Elk Mound had a 44-29 lead heading into the final eight minutes. King canned another triple and a free throw, Hannah Cedarblade added five points on a deuce and three of four free tosses, Elizabeth Fasbender scored from the lane as did McVey, and Megan Krall knocked down a pair of freebies to finish off the 19 point win.
“We did a good job with our pressure defense and were able to convert some turnovers into easy scoring opportunities,” coach Jordan Kongshaug said.
McVey led all scorers with 24 points while King contributed with 10. The Mounders were 15 of 29 from the foul line and the Toppers were 18 of 28.
ELK MOUND (59) McVey 11-2-2-24, King 2-4-6-10, Cedarblade 3-3-4-9, Weber 1-2-6-5, Winchester 2-0-0-5, Fasbender 1—22-4, Krall 0-2-7-2
GLENWOOD CITY (40) M. Kadinger 2-5-8-9, J. Kopacz 2-5-10-9, M. Kuehndorf 3-0-0-6, R. Klatt 1-2-2-4, G. Peterson 1-2-2-4, M. Voeltz 0-3-4-3, M. Samens 1-1-2-3, M. Peterson 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: King 2, Weber 1, Winchester 1
Wisconsin Rapids Assumption
The Royals were 17-3 and 10-2 in the Marawood South Conference and were coming off a one point win over Barneveld, the number one ranked team in the state in Division 4. Led by 11 points in the first quarter by Gena Grundhoffer who averages 20 points a game, the Royals took advantage of a sluggish Mounder team and stormed to a 27-3 lead.
The Mounders started to put things together in the second quarter, outscoring the Royals 11-8 as Weber knocked down a pair of free tosses and a deuce and Fasbender, King and McVey all dropped in a close range shot, but a 35-14 halftime deficit was too much to overcome.
“We played about as poorly as we could in the first half,” Kongshaug said.
The Mounders made a run late in the third stanza getting as close as nine points and keeping the score to within 9-10 points until late in the game. Winchester canned a trio of triples and a deuce in the third quarter, Fasbender added six points on a trey and three free tosses and Weber added a deuce as the Mounders trailed 44-33 heading into the fourth. Fasbender canned seven of eight free tosses and King added a trey and a freebie to help keep the Mounders close but it wasn’t enough.
“For three quarters we played some good basketball against an excellent team,” Kongshaug said. “But we can’t afford to come out flat and be intimidated against a quality opponent,” he added.
Fasbender scored 15 points to lead the Mounders with Winchester collecting 14. Grundhoffer finished with 24 for the Royals. Elk Mound was 16 of 23 from the charity stripe and Assumption was 10 of 12.
ASSUMPTION (62) Grundhoffer 7-8-9-24, M. Krings 5-0-0-11, M. Fluh 4-0-0-9, A. Linzmeier 3-2-2-8, O. Kibba 4-0-1-8, K. Milkey 1-0-0-2
ELK MOUND (48) Fasbender 2-10-12-15, Winchester 5-0-0-14, Weber 2-3-4-8, King 2-1-4-6, McVey 2-2-3-6
THREE POINTERS: Winchester 4, Grundhoffer 2, Weber 1, Fasbender 1, King 1, Krings 1, Fluh 1