Lady Mounders stampede Buffaloes, pound Panthers
The Elk Mound girls played a pair of conference games last week and came up with two lopsided wins, the first one 63-27 win at Mondovi Dec. 8, then three days later they defeated a pretty talented Durand team 66-45 on the road yet again.
The Buffaloes are struggling with a lot of young players this season and the Mounders used that to their advantage by using a pressure defense to create turnovers which resulted in a lot of easy baskets, according to coach Jordan Kongshaug. After a slow start offensively, Elk Mound put things in gear and had four players score points to put them up 29-11 at the intermission. Elizabeth Fasbender led the team with 12 of those points while Sarah Winchester added eight, Allie Weber five and Morgan Radtke had four.
Three more players added their name in the scoring column in the second half to help the Mounders outscore the Buffaloes by 18 points. Kaitlyn Baier and Hannah Cedarblade both hit a pair of close range shots and Kami King had a hot hand with all nine of her points on a trio of deuces and a triple.
Fasbender led the team with 18 points while Winchester and Radtke each had 10. The team was 10 of 16 from the free throw line while Mondovi was 8 of 10.
ELK MOUND (63) Fasbender 8-1-3-18, Winchester 4-1-2-10, Radtke 3-4-4-10, K. King 4-0-0-9, Weber 2-4-6-8, Baier 2-0-0-4, Cedarblade 2-0-1-4
MONDOVI (27) M. Lund 3-4-6-10, M. Akina 4-0-0-8, H. Poeschel 1-2-2-5, A. Accola 0-2-2-2, E. Flaskers 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Fasbender 1, Winchester 1, King 1, Poeschel 1
The Panthers were coming off a disappointing loss to Colfax a few days earlier and the Mounders made sure this game didn’t get close as they led 39-27 at the half. Winchester had an 11 point scoring spree to lead the way with Weber contributing with eight points, Fasbender and Radtke added six each, McKenna McVey returned to the lineup after recovering from an injury to hit a pair of deuces while King and Megan Krall both scored two points.
“We shot well early on and that was a confidence builder for us,” Kongshaug said. “We made good decisions on offense and our defense kept them out of the lane when they tried to dribble and penetrate.”
Elk Mound scored all 25 of their second half points from close range or from the charity stripe and they continued to roll. McVey and Radtke pounded the middle and combined for 18 of those points with seven buckets and four free tosses, and the defense continued to shut down the Panthers by holding them to just five buckets and eight free throws in the half.
Five Mounders finished in double figures in the scoring department, led by Radtke with a career high 16 points. Winchester added 13, McVey 12, Fasbender 11 and Weber 10. Elk Mound was 11 of 16 from the charity stripe and Durand was 14 of 21.The Mounders are 3-0 in conference play and 5-2 overall.
ELK MOUND (66) Radtke 7-2-2-16, Winchester 6-0-0-13, McVey 5-2-4-12, Fasbender 4-3-5-11, Weber 3-2-2-10, King 0-2-3-2, Krall 1-0-0-2
DURAND (45) A. Schlosser 4-3-4-11, B. Hass 2-4-7-8, M. Wegner 3-0-0-6, M. Radle 2-0-0-5, A. Gunderson 1-2-2-4, E. Hansen 1-2-4-4, E. Annis 1-1-2-3, S. Wekkin 0-2-2-2, K. Brion 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Weber 2, Winchester 1, Radle 1