By Cara L. Dempski
If the Elk Mound girls needed a catch-phrase for last week, they got one from head coach Jordan Kongshaug.
The theme for the night at home against Glenwood City last Tuesday, January 9 seemed to be “gather and finish,” a phrase the Mounder coach used to describe his team’s need to slow down offensively to set up shots. The method paid off, as Elk Mound blew past the visiting Hilltoppers 72-35.
The Lady Mounders then turned their attention to a January 12 road trip to Mondovi, to take on a Lady Buffalo team fresh off a substantial loss at Colfax three nights before. While the Buffaloes battled hard, it was the Mounders who came away with the 49-36 win.
Elk Mound girls ended the week with a 5-1 record in the Dunn-St. Croix where they jumped to third place just a half game behind co-leaders Colfax and Duran, and are 11-2 overall.
The girls hosted Spring Valley January 15 before heading to Durand January 18 for their second meeting this season with the Panthers. The Mounders are scheduled for a trip to Boyceville January 23.
When your team is in the midst of a defensive press, there is a great deal of energy spent in speed and hurrying things for opponents.
It is fun to watch any team, but specifically a high school one, engage in the full-court defensive maneuver, but how do coaches then turn that energy once the press has achieved its goal and goes on the offense?
If you are Elk Mound’s head coach Jordan Kongshaug, you teach your team to catch themselves and reel some of that energy back in to make smart decisions under the basket.
The style of play paid off in a big way at Elk Mound January 9 when the Lady Mounders more than doubled up on the visiting Glenwood City ladies to grab a 72-35 victory and move to 4-1 in the conference.
One of the keys to that “gather and finish” style of play? Senior Crista Sweeney.
“Crista had a good night,” Kongshaug said after the game. “I thought she did a nice job of really slowing down. We want to hurry teams up defensively, but then we want to catch and gather ourselves offensively. Crista had some nice moves under the basket and some nice finishes.”
The Elk Mound senior was one of three Mounder players scoring in the triple-digits against the Toppers. Allie Weber led the team with 18 points, while junior Morgan Radtke put up 13, and Sweeney added 10. Hailey Blaskowski added eight points, Hannah Cedarblade and Madysen Borofka each logged five, Alana Plaszcz, Ashley Gunderson-Morris and Kayla Bridges picked up three each, and Taya Schaefer and Sydney Simpson scored two each.
Glenwood City junior Delaney Quinn copped her team’s highest score with 15 points.
GLENWOOD CITY 35, ELK MOUND 72
Glenwood City………………..17 18 — 35
Elk Mound…………………….43 29 — 72
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (11-12-16-35) — J. Klinger 2-4-4-9, M. Voeltz 1-1-3-3, D. Quinn 5-5-2-15, H. Strehlo 1-0-3-2, A. Curvello 0-0-2-0, O. Scalze 1-1-0-3, D. Fayerweather 0-0-1-0, C. Lawson 0-0-1-0, E. Hill 1-1-0-3.
Elk Mound (27-13-18-72) — M. Borofka 2-1-3-5, H. Cedarblade 2-1-2-5, A. Weber 6-2-2-18, A. Plaszcz 1-1-0-3, S. Simpson 1-0-0-2, H. Blaskowski 4-0-1-8, A. Gunderson-Morris 1-0-2-3, S. Cedarblade 0-0-1-0, T. Schaefer 1-0-1-2, M. Tamke 0-0-2-0, M. Radtke 5-3-2-13, K. Bridges 1-1-1-3, C. Sweeney 3-4-1-10.
GC — J. Klinger 1; EM — A. Weber 4, A. Gunderson-Morris 1.
Kongshaug called the Mounders’ 49-36 victory over the Lady Buffs at Mondovi January 12 a nice road win, but that is not meant to imply it was a perfectly smooth game.
For example: the Elk Mound girls picked up a total of 16 fouls in the game, but 11 of them came in the first half.
“Yeah, we battled foul trouble for most of the first half,” Kongshaug said the following Monday. “I thought Mondovi played a very good game, but I thought our kids kept battling and did a good job of adjusting in the second half.”
Elk Mound led 26-25 at halftime, but broke free of the Buffaloes in the second half, outscoring the home squad 23-11 for the victory. Senior Madysen Borofka had one of her best nights as a high school player, sinking five field goals to lead the team with 13 points.
Morgan Radtke and Crista Sweeney tied with eight points apiece, Hailey Blaskowski added seven, Hannah Cedarblade put together six, Kayla Bridges scored four, and Allie Weber finished the score with three.
Mondovi’s Haley Poeschel finished the game with 11 points for the Buffs.
ELK MOUND 49, MONDOVI 36
Elk Mound………………………..26 23 — 49
Mondovi…………………………..25 11 — 36
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (18-9-16-49) — M. Borofka 5-0-5-13, H. Cedarblade 2-2-0-6, A. Weber 1-0-3-3, A. Plaszcz 0-0-1-0, H. Blaskowski 3-1-0-7, M. Radtke 3-2-4-8, K. Bridges 2-0-1-4, C. Sweeney 2-4-2-8.
Mondovi (12-7-15-36) — C. Buchholz 0-0-2-0, H. Poeschel 4-3-3-11, M. Rud 2-0-1-6, S. Ede 0-0-2-0, R. Evans 2-1-3-6, E. Flaskrud 2-3-4-8, J. Zacharias 2-0-0-5.
EM — M. Borofka 3, A. Weber 1; M — M. Rud 2, R. Evans 1, E. Flaskrud 1, J. Zacharias 1.