By Cara L. Dempski
MARATHON — The Elk Mound girls’ basketball team had only one loss on its 2016-17 record when it traveled to Marathon last week to participate in the Marathon Holiday Invitational.
That changed when the host Red Raiders handed the Mounders their second setback of the season, 41-38, on December 28.
Elk Mound returned to tournament action the following day to play Eau Claire Regis.
Elk Mound got into a little foul trouble against the Ramblers, and lagged in scoring for much of the game, but managed to overtake Regis late in the December 29 game for a 58-54 win .
The Mounders moved to 4-2 overall with the holiday tournament split. The girls played in Altoona January 3 to kick-off the new year before restarting conference competition in Spring Valley this Thursday, January 5.
Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said the Mounders lost a tough game against the Red Raiders.
“We played well enough to win, we just didn’t finish the game,” he stated.
Despite the great effort put forth by Elk Mound against Marathon on its home court, the Lady Mounders scored only 15 points in the second half and could get only four of 12 free throws to fall in the last 18 minutes.
In contrast, the Red Raiders, who trailed by eight at the half, drilled in 26 points in the second to eventually grab the lead and the win.
Mounder junior Allie Weber took top scoring honors for the game, hitting a trio of three-pointers and three of five charity shots for 12 points. Sophomore Ashley Gunderson-Morris logged eight points, and Elizabeth Fasbender and Morgan Radtke tied with six apiece.
Megan Krall put in a field goal and a free throw for three points, Kaitlyn Baier could not make her two free throws, but logged a field goal to chalk up two, and Hannah Cedarblade scored one point on a free throw.
Marathon junior Stephanie Draeger led the Red Raiders with 11 points.
ELK MOUND 38, MARATHON 41
Elk Mound…………………….23 15 — 38
Marathon……………………..15 26 — 41
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (8-13-25-38) K. Baier 1-0-5-2, H. Cedarblade 0-1-1-1, A. Weber 0-3-4-12, E. Fasbender 2-2-4-6, M. Krall 1-1-2-3, A. Gunderson-Morris 2-2-5-8, M. Radtke 2-2-4-6.
Marathon (8-13-16-41) S. Draeger 3-5-3-11, K. Fischer 1-2-4-4, A. Stieber 1-0-1-5, K. Schmidt 1-2-3-7, B. Balz 2-0-1-4, A. Kind 3-4-4-10.
THREE-POINTERS EM — A. Weber 3, A. Gunderson-Morris 1; M — A. Stieber 1, K. Schmidt 1.
The Regis Ramblers made it all the way to the state tournament at the Resch Center last season before being eliminated by 2016 state champion Mineral Point in the semi-final game. On December 29, they went toe-to-toe with Elk Mound and were on track to win the match-up.
The Mounders had other ideas, however, coming from behind in the second half to beat the Ramblers 58-54 at the Marathon Holiday Invitational.
Coach Kongshaug called the game a good win.
“Our team face a lot of adversity with some foul trouble, but we hung in the game and made some plays down the stretch,” Kongshaug said.
Junior Allie Weber put away two field goals and five three-point shots to lead the Mounders with 19 points. Elizabeth Fasbender and Morgan Radtke also picked up double-digit scores, with 15 and 11 points respectively.
Hannah Cedarblade, Ashley Gunderson-Morris, Kaitlyn Baier and Megan Krall also contributed to Elk Mound’s offensive effort. Cedarblade and Gunderson-Morris tied with four points, Baier picked up three, and Krall is credited with two.
Regis’ Hannah Anderson earned the game’s top score with 21 points.
ELK MOUND 58, REGIS 54
Elk Mound………………..…..25 33 — 58
Regis………………………….28 26 — 54
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (15-10-17-58) K. Baier 1-1-1-3, H. Cedarblade 1-2-2-4, A. Weber 2-0-1-19, E. Fasbender 4-4-4-15, M. Krall 1-0-0-2, A. Gunderson-Morris 1-2-5-4, M. Radtke 5-1-4-11.
Regis (13-14-19-54) T. Karlstad 1-1-3-3, S. Andre 1-3-2-8, K. Seyer 3-04-12, M. Milner 1-0-3-2, H. Anderson 6-9-3-21, C. Sabbagh 2-1-4-8.
THREE-POINTERS EM — A. Weber 5, E. Fasbender 1; R — S. Andre 1, K. Seyer 2, C. Sabbagh 1.