By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — It is always a good thing to have an outside shooter like Allie Weber in your corner.
The Mounder senior drilled five three-point shots in Elk Mound’s November 27 home opener to lead the squad with a total of 17 points, but the game was still a loss for the home team as Elk Mound fell to the St. Croix Central Panthers 55-48 despite a late-game rally by the Mounders.
[emember_protected] “I thought we shot from the outside pretty well. At times we moved the ball fairly well,” head coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “Defensively, we’ve got to play better, and we can play better.”
Elk Mound, which saw its ten-game win streak versus St. Croix Central come to an end, opened the game with a field goal from Hannah Cedarblade, but then fell behind and were down 7-3 with 15:50 still to go in the opening half of last Monday’s non-conference game.
It seemed each time the Mounders would pull close, the Panthers would push back out to a three-point lead.
But then Weber’s shooting hand heated up. The senior dropped in her first trio of threes at 9:00, 8:03 and 7:27 to give the Mounders a 19-13 edge and their first lead of the game, but then watched the six-point lead evaporate with just three minutes to go before the half.
That is when Panther senior Mariah Krogseng dropped in four field goals and a pair of charity throws to give St. Croix Central the 26-23 lead heading into the halftime break.
Central expanded its lead to 10 points early in the second half before Elk Mound found its footing and started working to close the gap once more. Weber dropped in another three-pointer at 14:36 to leave the home team trailing 33-30, but the Panthers kept grinding away against Elk Mound’s admittedly diminished defense.
From that point on, the Mounders slipped away until they were trailing 55-48 when the final buzzer sounded.
Weber led the team with her 17 points, junior Ashley Gunderson-Morris took credit for 10 with a pair of threes and a single inside shot, Cedarblade recorded seven points, Crista Sweeney logged five, Morgan Radtke scored on a pair of field goals for four, Madysen Borofka nailed a three-pointer, and Hailey Blaskowski dropped one in off the glass for two.
St. Croix Central’s Krogseng led the game in scoring with 23 points.
The loss was Elk Mound’s first of the year, and left them with a 2-1 record before taking a week off prior to opening the Dunn-St. Croix season at home December 5 against Durand. They will host the Boyceville ladies December 8 before playing a December 11 non-conference contest against Baldwin-Woodville at Elk Mound.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 55, ELK MOUND 48
St. Croix Central………………..26 29 — 55
Elk Mound………………………..23 25 — 48
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
St. Croix Central (18-11-17-55) — K. Cress 3-6-0-13, M. Johnson 0-1-2-1, A. Widiker 2-2-2-7, K. Cottrell 1-2-1-4, K. Juen 0-0-3-0, A. Edelman 1-0-2-2, M. Krogseng 9-0-3-23, C. Frankiewicz 2-0-4-5.
Elk Mound (17-5-18-48) — M. Borofka 1-0-4-3, H. Cedarblade 3-0-2-7, A. Weber 6-0-4-17, H. Blaskowski 1-0-0-2, A. Gunderson-Morris 3-2-4-10, M. Radtke 2-0-4-4, C. Sweeney 1-3-0-5.
SCC — K. Cress 1, A. Widiker 1, M. Krogseng 1; EM — M. Borofka 1, H. Cedarblade 1, A. Weber 5, A. Gunderson-Morris 2. [/emember_protected]