Elk Mound girls maul Mondovi, destroy Durand
It didn’t take long for the Elk Mound girls to get back on the conference winning track when they made short work of the Mondovi Buffaloes 67-36 in Mondovi Jan. 26, then finished with another huge win 64-34 at home three days later.
The Mounders were coming off their only conference loss of the season to Glenwood City four days earlier and the Buffaloes took the brunt of that loss. Scoring early and often the Mounders came up with 13 shots from the paint in the first half with Kami King hitting five of them with a pair of free throws. Sarah Winchester, McKenna McVey and Morgan Radtke all knocked down a pair of deuces with Radtke adding a free toss, Allie Weber scored from behind the arc twice, Elizabeth Fasbender added a trey, a deuce and a free throw and Megan Krall chipped in with a short range shot to allow the Mounders to hold a 39-15 halftime advantage.
It was more of the same the second half with the Mounders scoring 26 of their 28 points from inside the three point circle. McVey led the way with four buckets and Winchester collected three. Balanced scoring was a key for the Mounders as five different players scored 10 or more points in the game. Elk Mound connected on 8 of 10 free throws while Mondovi was 5 of 11.
Elk Mound (67) King 5-2-2-12, McVey 6-0-0-12, Weber 3-2-2-10, Winchester 5-0-0-10, Radtke 4-2-2-10, Fasbender 3-2-4-9, H. Cedarblade 2-0-0-4, Krall 1-0-0-2
Mondovi (36) H. Poeschel 6-3-5-16, E. Flaskrud 2-2-6-7, S. Ede 2-0-0-5, A. Accola 2-0-0-4, S. Wulff 1-0-0-2, A. Rudd 1-0-0-2
Three pointers: Weber 2, Fasbender 1, Poeschel 1, Ede 1, Flaskrud 1
The Mounders made a statement with the big win over a Panther team that was expected to challenge for a conference title this year. Back in December, Elk Mound won by 21 points in the first go-round but this game was somewhat close at halftime with Elk Mound up just 26-14.
Elk Mound continued to use their defense to set up their offense and scored a lot of their second half points in transition off steals and fast breaks They quickly began to pull away and outscored the Panthers by 18 points to finish off the victory early.
“We stayed focused on the defensive end and rebounded better this game then against Mondovi,” coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “Our transition game was better and that helped us gain confidence on offense.”
It was another well balanced scoring night with five players finishing with eight or more points for the Mounders. McVey and King led the Mounders with 14 points each while Fasbender scored all 11 of her points in the second half. The free throw line was busy on both ends of the court with Elk Mound hitting 18 of 28 attempts while the Panthers were 12 of 24.
“We have two important games coming up so we hope we can keep our momentum going,” Kongshaug said.
Those games include conference contests at Boyceville Feb. 4 and a double header home game with the boys team against Colfax Saturday, Feb. 6.
Elk Mound (64) McVey 6-2-4-14, King 5-4-6-14, Fasbender 3-4-4-11, Winchester 2-3-4-8, Radtke 3-2-2-8, Weber 2-2-3-6, Cedarblade 1-0-0-2, Krall 0-1-4-1
Durand (34) A. Schlosser 3-8-13-14, E. Annis 2-2-5-7, J. Prissel 1-0-0-3, M. Radle 1-0-0-2, S. Wekkin 1-0-0-2, A. Gunderson 0-2-4-2, K. Brion 1-0-0-2, E. Hanson 1-0-0-2
Three pointers: Fasbender 1, Winchester 1, Prissel 1, Annis 1