By Cara L. Dempski
The Elk Mound girls’ basketball squad has now won eight of the 12 games it has played this season after registering back-to-back victories this past week.
The Lady Mounders were scheduled to meet the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves on January 10, but the game was postponed to February 3 due to the weather. The Mounder girls opened the week’s competition against the 1-11 Hilltoppers last Friday.
Elk Mound traveled to Glenwood City the evening of January 13, which proved unlucky for the Toppers, and ran to a 70-27 rout of the slow-moving Hilltopper squad that seemingly did not know what to do against the Mounders’ defense and fast-paced offense.
Less than 24 hours later, the Mounder girls took on the once-beaten and Division 3’s sixth-ranked Bloomer Blackhawks in Elk Mound and played them to a 41-41 tie at the end of regulation. Head coach Jordan Kongshaug’s team came through in the extra frame to pull off the 51-48 upset win in overtime.
Elk Mound moved to 4-1 in the D-SC and took over sole possession of second place with the win over Glenwood City. The Bloomer victory improved the Mounders overall mark to 8-4. They played a rivalry game at home against Colfax last night (January 17) and will host Mondovi Thursday. The team hits the road for its second match-up this season with league-leading Durand on Tuesday, January 24.
In the world of basketball, there are three types of games: the match-ups that plod along at their own pace, the contests between well-matched teams that keep the crowd on its toes, and match-ups between two teams that make the crowd wince.
Elk Mound’s January 13 contest in Glenwood City was the third type of game, and led to a 79-27 blood-letting that left the Hilltoppers and their crowd quiet and reserved after the final minutes dribbled off the scoreboard.
Mounder coach Jordan Kongshaug seemed pleased with his squad’s efforts.
“I thought we played with a lot of good energy tonight,” he said. “We wanted the win.”
The Mounders went on a 12-point run to open the game before Glenwood’s Becca Moll put the Toppers on the board with two at the 12:07 mark. Elk Mound’s defensive pressure forced nearly a dozen Glenwood City turnovers in the first half that were easily converted to baskets on the orange-and-black side of the court.
Elk Mound kept up a swift pace of play to hold the Hilltoppers in check for the first half, leading to a score of 50-10 when both teams stepped away from the court for the halftime break.
Things did not improve for the Glenwood squad in the second half. Despite outscoring their first half efforts by seven points, the Mounders kept up their aggressive play and limited the Topper girls to just 17 more points.
The Mounders raised the score another 20 only seven minutes into the second half, while the Hilltoppers had tacked on another eight points to make the score 70-18 with 11 minutes left to play. Glenwood City would only add another nine points in the final nine minutes to achieve its final score, but held the Mounders to only nine more points.
Elizabeth Fasbender, last season’s Dunn-St. Croix girls’ basketball player of the year, led the Mounders and the game with an individual score of 19. Kami King tallied 16 points with four field goals, five free throws, and a three-point shot. Gracie Peterson pulled together nine points, Morgan Radtke and Kaitlyn Baier had eight, Allie Weber picked up seven, Ashley Gunderson-Morris added five, Hannah Cedarblade put in a single three-point shot, and Riley Radtke and Megan Krall each scored two points.
Glenwood City’s high-scoring player was senior Becca Moll, who logged 15 points with seven field goals and a free throw.
ELK MOUND 79, GLENWOOD CITY 27
Elk Mound…………..………..50 29 — 79
Glenwood City……………….10 17 — 27
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (22-14-12-79) K. Baier 4-0-1-8, H. Cedarblade 0-0-0-3, A. Weber 2-0-1-7, E. Fasbender 4-5-2-19, M. Krall 1-0-1-2, R. Radtke 1-0-1-2, K. King 4-5-0-16, G. Peterson 2-2-0-9, A. Gunderson-Morris 0-2-2-5, M. Radtke 4-0-1-8.
Glenwood City (12-3-14-27) J. Klinger 0-2-1-2, M. Voeltz 1-0-3-2, D. Quinn 2-0-0-4, B. Barstad 0-0-2-0, J. Johnson 0-0-3-0, O. Scalze 1-0-1-2, M. Nyhus 0-0-1-0, B. Moll 7-1-2-15, C. Lawson 1-0-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS EM — K. Baier 1, H. Cedarblade 1, E. Fasbender 2, K. King 1, G. Peterson 1, A. Gunderson-Morris 1.
Girls’ head coach Kongshaug is hoping Elk Mound’s overtime win at home against Bloomer on January 14 will allow the Mounders to enter the second half of the season with momentum.
The Mounders held a nine-point lead with a score of 26-17 at halftime last Saturday in Elk Mound, but the state-ranked Blackhawks came out after the break to snarl things up with 24 points to tie the game at 41 when regulation time expired.
With less than 15 seconds remaining in regulation and the Mounders holding a three-point advantage, Bloomer’s Kendall Zeman hit a trey – her only points of the contest – to force overtime.
In that extra period, the Lady Mounders took a quick four-point lead on baskets by Allie Weber and Elizabeth Fasbender, who tallied 20 points to lead all scorers. Elk Mound made good on six of eight charity tosses with Fasbender netting five of six and Weber stole a pass on Bloomer’s final offensive possession to seal the victory.
“I thought we did a great job of keeping our poise down the stretch,” Kongshaug said. “We knocked down free throws late in the game.”
The Elk Mound coach indicated beating a team of Bloomer’s quality was a boost for the girls on the Mounder squad.
Elizabeth Fasbender’s game-high 20 points came from three field goals, a trio of three-pointers, and five-for-nine from the free throw line. Center Morgan Radtke racked up 12 points of her own, Kami King and Allie Weber tied with seven points apiece, Kaitlyn Baier put in a field goal and two free throws for four points, Madysen Borofka scored on a free throw.
Bloomer senior Aliya Siebel led the Blackhawks with 16 points.
BLOOMER 48, ELK MOUND 51
Bloomer……………………17 24 7 — 48
Elk Mound………………..26 15 10 — 51
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Bloomer (12-3-15-48) S. Zwiefelhofer 0-1-0-1, J. Burgess 2-0-5-7, K. Zeman 1-0-0-5, A. Siebel 5-0-4-16,D. Score 1-0-1-5, C. Zwiefelhofer 1-0-1-8, K. Arendt 2-0-2-4, S. Raine 0-2-2-2.
Elk Mound (12-11-9-51) K. Baier 1-2-0-4, A. Weber 1-2-1-7, E. Fasbender 3-4-2-20, K. King 2-0-3-7, M. Borofka 0-1-1-1, M. Radtke 5-2-1-12.
THREE-POINTERS B — J. Burgess 1, K. Zeman 1, A. Siebel 2, D. Score 1, C. Zwiefelhofer 2; EM — A. Weber 1, E. Fasbender 3, K. King 1.