After playing out of the conference against a pretty good Stanley-Boyd team on the road Feb. 16, the Elk Mound girls came up short in a 53-49 loss to the Orioles but came back to finish off the regular season with a 47-37 conference win at Mondovi. The Mounders finished in a strong second place in the D-SC with a 12-2 record and were 14-6 overall. They begin regional play by hosting Elmwood-Plum City Feb. 24.
The Orioles were in third place in the Western Cloverbelt Conference behind Fall Creek and Eau Claire Regis and happen to boast the conference’s leading scorer Jamie Reit. According to Mounder coach Jordan Kongshaug, although his team was ahead to start the fourth quarter, they failed to do the little things right to win the game. One of those things may have been not shutting Reit down as she topped her 19 point scoring average with 28, more then half of her team’s points.
The Mounders fell behind 13-9 after the first quarter but with six points from Sarah Winchester, five from Megan Krall and four from Elizabeth Fasbender they held a 24-22 advantage at the half.
Fasbender added six third quarter points on three deuces, McKenna McVey connected twice from short range and once at the free throw line to go with Krall’s second triple to keep Elk Mound up by a point at 38-37 heading into the final stanza. Allie Weber drained a trey, McVey added three points on a bucket and free toss while Fasbender and Kami King each added a deuce. However, the Orioles came up with 16 points, including seven by Reit which included five free throws, to hold on for the win.
Struggles at the free throw line throughout the game came back to haunt the Mounders as they were just six of 17 from the stripe while Stanley-Boyd was 13 of 16 with Reit hitting 12 of 15.
Fasbender was the scoring leader for the Mounders with 13 points while McVey added 12.
STANLEY-BOYD (53) Reit 7-12-15-28, A. Hazuga 5-0-0-10, J. Hoffstetter 4-1-1-9, B. Ducommun 1-0-0-2, P. McCauley 1-0-0-2, M. Booth 1-0-0-2
ELK MOUND (49) Fasbender 5-3-5-13, McVey 5-2-6-12, Winchester 3-1-2-9, Krall 3-0-2-8, Weber 1-0-0-3, R. Radtke 1-0-0-2, King 1-0-2-2
THREE POINTERS: Winchester 2, Krall 2, Reit 2, Weber 1
It was a rather sloppy game with plenty of turnovers for both teams but the Mounders did enough on both sides of the ball to earn the win over the Buffaloes.
They led 11-9 after the first stanza and 23-20 at the intermission then extended the lead by 13 points with a 19 point outburst in the third quarter. McVey tallied eight points on four buckets, King scored on a pair of deuces and a free throw, Weber connected from long range, Hannah Cedarblade canned a pair of free tosses and Fasbender added a single one for a 42-29 advantage heading into the final eight minutes. McVey added a fourth quarter deuce but the only other Mounder points came from two free throws by King and one from Weber, but it was enough to seal the deal.
“We played a solid game defensively and did a better job rebounding,” coach Kongshaug said. “Offensively, we were sluggish and we shot poorly and turned the ball over too often.”
King and McVey finished with 14 points each to lead in the scoring department. The Mounders were 13 for 20 from the charity stripe while the Buffaloes were just six for 17.
ELK MOUND (47) King 5-4-7-14, McVey Weber 2-2-5-8, Fasbender 1-3-4-5, Winchester 2-0-0-4
MONDOVI (37) S. Laehn 3-2-2-9, M. Mahlum 3-2-7-8, M. Christopherson 3-1-2-7, H. Poeschel 3-0-0-6, A. Rud 1-1-2-3, A. Accola 1-0-0-2, B. VanDen Henvel 1-0-1-2
THREE POINTERS: Weber 2, Laehn 1