By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — In the end, the game might have been closer if the Colfax girls had just made a few more shots.
Coach Joe Doucette’s Lady Vikings put up plenty of shots, but they seemed to have either too much or not enough energy, leading to a lot of missed scoring opportunities.
On the other hand, Jordan Kongshaug’s Mounders hit shot after shot against a solid Colfax defense behind a pretty hefty press of their own.
The result was a 48-36 Elk Mound win over the host Colfax ladies last Thursday, December 14 in a key Dunn-St. Croix showdown, the first of this season’s two rivalry games between the schools. The two teams will face each other again January 26 on the Mounders’ home court.
[emember_protected] Doucette said he was happy with a lot of things that happened in the game, despite the loss.
“I thought we didn’t give up,” he began. “I think we missed too many easy ones (shots) to get completely over the hump.”
Kongshaug knew he would be playing against a pretty stiff defense, and used his team’s press to create some offensive opportunities.
The Mounders got on the board first after Viking junior Emma Hurlburt fouled Hannah Cedarblade, sending the senior to the line for a charity shot. Cedarblade dropped in her single throw to give Elk Mound a 1-0 lead.
Colfax’s Alyssa Dachel got the Vikings on board with a single field goal to lift the team past the Mounders 2-1. Both teams traded shots for the first eight or so minutes before Elk Mound started to break open a wider lead.
The result was a scoring drive that gave the Mounders a 25-15 edge as both teams headed to the locker rooms for a break.
Elk Mound’s Allie Weber opened the second half by draining a shot from deep in the corner to give the Mounders a 13-point advantage. The Vikings responded in kind with a three from Dachel, and both teams again traded shots until just past nine minutes, when the Colfax girls started to edge closer to the Mounders.
Sophomore Kameri Meredith would put the Vikings the closest to Elk Mound the team would be since early in the first half, trailing 37-34.
What followed was a series of foul calls that sent the Mounders to the line eight times to sink nine of 16 free throws, while the Vikings went to the line just twice to make two out of three shots.
Weber picked up 14 points to lead the game in scoring, while Kameri Meredith and Savannah Henricks landed 10 points each for the Vikings.
Elk Mound’s Ashley Gunderson-Morris and Morgan Radtke each scored nine points, Madysen Borofka earned eight, and Hannah Cedarblade and Hailey Blaskowski added four more apiece. Dachel picked up seven for Colfax, Morgan Schleusner and Saville Wilson scored three each, Rachel Scharlau put in a single field goal for two, and Jayna Bowe sunk a free throw.
The Vikings will travel to play Plum City/Elmwood in Plum City this Thursday, December 19 before breaking for the holiday season, and will be at Dodgeland December 27. They will face Bloomer at home January 2 to kick off the new year.
ELK MOUND 48, COLFAX 36
Elk Mound…………..………….25 23 — 48
Colfax……………………………15 21 — 36
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (13-15-15-48) — M. Borofka 2-3-2-8, H. Cedarblade 1-1-0-4, A. Weber 4-2-5-14, H. Blaskowski 0-4-2-4, A. Gunderson-Morris 2-4-4-9, M. Radtke 4-1-2-9.
Colfax (12-9-24-36) — A. Dachel 3-0-5-7, M. Schleusner 1-1-5-3, J. Bowe 0-1-0-1, K. Meredith 4-2-2-10, S. Henricks 2-5-5-10, A. Olson 1-0-1-3, R. Scharlau 1-0-2-2, E. Hurlburt 0-0-4-0.
EM — M. Borofka 1, H. Cedarblade 1, A. Weber 4, A. Gunderson-Morris; C — A. Dachel 1, S. Henricks 1, A. Olson 1. [/emember_protected]