By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound girls’ basketball team stepped onto its home hardwood for a pair of conference matchups last week.
The Lady Mounders faced Durand at home last Tuesday, December 5, and struggled through the first half before finding a spark in the second. Still, it was not enough, and the Elk Mound squad fell 66-50 in it’s Dunn-St. Croix opener.
[emember_protected] Elk Mound welcomed Boyceville to its home gym on Friday, December 8. The Lady Mounders made quick work of the Bulldogs with a 69-22 win to pull even in the Dunn-St. Croix standings.
The Lady Mounders moved to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference games. They played a non-conference contest at home Monday, December 11 against Baldwin-Woodville before hitting the road to battle Colfax Thursday, December 14. Elk Mound will host Somerset December 21.
In a repeat of last season’s first conference contest versus Durand, the Mounders fell behind early and then had to fight in the second half to stay in the game.
Coach Jordan Kongshaug complimented the Panthers, calling them a very good basketball team who played extremely well against the Elk Mound ladies.
Durand outscored Elk Mound two to one in the first half, but then the Mounders nearly doubled-up on their first half in the final 18 minutes, but still couldn’t get past the Panthers. The result was a 66-50 loss to open the D-SC season.
“We struggled defensively and with our offensive execution,” Kongshaug said a few days later. “We played with much more intensity as the game went on, and we will build on that effort to keep getting better as the season goes on.”
Morgan Radtke put together 19 points for Elk Mound, while Ashley Gunderson-Morris chalked up eight, Madysen Borofka put together seven, Hannah Cedarblade logged six, Allie Weber had five points, and Hailey Blaskowski and Kayla Bridges each scored two.
Durand’s Shae Baker tied with Radtke at 19 points to lead the Panthers.
DURAND 66, ELK MOUND 50
Durand…………………………….36 30 — 66
Elk Mound………………………..18 32 — 50
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Durand (22-15-17-66) — S. Baker 5-6-1-19, E. Hansen 2-1-3-5, H. Prissel 1-0-3-2, M. Baier 6-3-3-15, E. Annis 4-1-2-11, S. Dunbar 3-1-2-9, M. Hurlburt 1-3-3-5.
Elk Mound (18-11-12-50) — M. Borofka 3-0-0-7, H. Cedarblade 1-4-2-6, A. Weber 2-0-4-5, H. Blaskowski 1-0-0-2, A. Gunderson-Morris 2-4-3-8, M. Radtke 8-3-3-19, C. Sweeney 1-0-0-2.
Things looked up for Elk Mound when they welcomed to the Lady Bulldogs to their home court December 8 and came away with a 69-22 win. While Kongshaug was pleased with the team’s energy, he had a few things he still felt the game was lacking.
“We’ve got to keep working on a few things, just taking care of the basketball a little better,” he said. “I really appreciate how we like to push the ball, we just need to work a little bit with our decision making.”
The Elk Mound ladies definitely had some fire on the floor, but the energy seemed to get in the way at times, resulting in some inattentive ball handling and occasionally a turnover.
Mounder senior Allie Weber walked away with the matchup’s highest individual score after drilling five threes, a trio of field goals, and a free throw to score 22 points overall. Morgan Radtke picked up 10 points, Hailey Blaskowski and Victoria Fasbender scored six each, Gunderson-Morris logged five, Crista Sweeney and Hannah Cedarblade each accounted for four, Sophie Cedarblade hit a lone three-pointer, Borofka, Brook Plaszcz, and Mary Tamke logged two apiece, and Alana Plaszcz picked up one point.
BOYCEVILLE 22, ELK MOUND 69
Boyceville……………………..12 10 — 22
Elk Mound…………………….45 34 — 69
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Boyceville (10-0-14-22) — A. Bloom 1-0-2-3, N. Hillman 1-0-1-2, H. Johnson 0-0-1-0, T. Kostman 5-0-2-11, T. Grambow 3-0-3-6, M. Dormanen 0-0-4-0, A. Evenson 0-0-1-0.
Elk Mound (23-19-11-69) — M. Borofka 1-0-3-2, H. Cedarblade 0-4-3-64, A. Weber 8-1-1-22, B. Plaszcz 2-0-1-4, A. Plaszcz 0-1-0-1, V. Fasbender 2-2-0-6, A. Gunderson-Morris 1-3-2-5, S. Cedarblade 1-0-0-3, M. Tamke 1-0-0-2, M. Radtke 3-4-0-10, K. Bridges 0-0-1-0, C. Sweeney 0-4-0-4.
B — A. Bloom 1, T. Kostman 1; EM — A. Weber 5, S. Cedarblade 1. [/emember_protected]