By Cara L. Dempski
The Elk Mound girls may have hit their stride at just the right time early last week.
Coach Jordan Kongshaug and his Lady Mounders opened the week with a solid performance over the only winless team in the Dunn-St. Croix: Spring Valley. The Mounders were up 43-8 at halftime, and while the Lady Cardinals showed a little more life in the second half, the home team was still able to cop a 70-20 victory for the January 15 home contest.
[emember_protected] Elk Mound’s next match-up was not so easy, as the team traveled to Durand January 16 to take on the only conference team to beat them so far this season. The Mounders held their own against the conference co-leading Panthers, but could not stick with them for a full 36 minutes, and fell 57-42.
The Mounders brought a 6-2 conference record and a 12-3 overall record into this week, and hosted Boyceville January 23. The girls host this season’s second conference rivalry game against Colfax January 26, and then have a short break before heading to Spring Valley February 1.
If the Lady Cards hoped to take flight for their first conference win of the season at Elk Mound January 15, they received a sharp awakening.
The Elk Mound girls clipped the Spring Valley squad’s wings with a 35-point lead at halftime before finishing with a score of 70-20 for the win. Kongshaug admitted he was pretty pleased with his team after the fact, despite the severely tipped score.
“Our girls played well. I can’t really complain,” he said after the game. “I thought the kids were very focused, they played unselfish, they played great defense”
Kongshaug said he knew the upcoming test against Durand would be a tough one, but was happy with the Mounders’ focus on the task at hand. He indicated the team played a good all-around game, and should be proud of doing so.
Elk Mound had three players score in the double digits during the contest, with senior Crista Sweeney leading the way with 16 points. Allie Weber picked up 14 points, and Morgan Radtke added 13.
Mary Tamke and Kayla Bridges each chalked up six points, Hailey Blaskowski put in five, Hannah Cedarblade scored four, Madysen Borofka and Victoria Fasbender each logged two, and Alana Plaszcz and Sidney Simpson were both good for a charity throw.
Spring Valley’s Erin Stans and Lydia Wittmer tied at five points apiece as the Cardinals’ leading scorers.
SPRING VALLEY 20, ELK MOUND 70
Spring Valley………………………8 12 — 20
Elk Mound………………………..43 27 — 70
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Spring Valley (7-4-16-20) — K. Hybben 0-0-1-0, C. Wegener 1-1-1-3, T. Cipriano 1-0-3-3, S. Bunk 1-2-0-4, E. Stans 2-1-1-5, B. O’Brien 0-0-2-0, B. Schreiber 0-0-1-0, L. Wittmer 2-0-1-5, D. Brooke 0-0-1-0, L. Johansen 0-0-4-0, L. Stark 0-0-1-0.
Elk Mound (27-13-11-70) — M. Borofka 1-0-2-2, H. Cedarblade 2-1-4, A. Weber 5-1-1-14, A. Plaszcz 0-1-0-1, S. Simpson 0-1-0-1, H. Blaskowski 2-1-0-5, V. Fasbender 1-0-2-2, T. Schaefer 0-0-1-0, M. Tamke 3-0-0-6, M. Radtke 5-3-1-13, K. Bridges 2-2-2-6, C. Sweeney 6-4-1-16.
SV — T. Cipriano 1, L. Wittmer 1; EM — A. Weber 3.
Sometimes, playing as hard as you possibly can still will not net you a desired result.
Kongshaug said the Mounders left everything on the floor at Durand January 18, but the Panthers made things very challenging for the visiting Elk Mound girls. Despite the 57-42 loss, the EM coach seemed proud of his team’s overall effort.
“Durand is a very good basketball team, and their ability to apply a lot of pressure really made it challenging for us offensively. Our kids kept fighting, but we dug ourselves a hole early in the second half and we just couldn’t get enough defensive stops to get back in the game,” Kongshaug said a day later.
The Mounders trailed by just two points, 26-24, at halftime, but then were outscored by the Lady Panthers 31-18 in the second half.
Radtke put up 15 points to lead the Elk Mound ladies, and Cedarblade contributed nine. Weber put up seven points, Borofka, Blaskowski and Sweeney each scored three, and Kayla Bridges logged two points.
Panther Shae Baier edged Radtke out for the game’s highest score with 16 points of her own.
ELK MOUND 42, DURAND 57
Elk Mound…………………..….24 18 — 42
Durand………………………….26 31 — 57
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (11-15-18-42) — M. Borofka 1-0-3-3, H. Cedarblade 1-7-4-9, A. Weber 2-2-4-7, H. Blaskowski 1-0-2-3, M. Radtke 5-3-4-15, K. Bridges 1-0-1-2, C. Sweeney 0-3-0-3.
Durand (20-12-17-57) — S. Baier 4-5-1-16, E. Hansen 3-3-4-10, H. Prissel 5-0-5-10, M. Baier 3-2-1-8, E. Annis 4-1-0-10, S. Dunbar 1-1-4-3, M. Hurlburt 0-0-2-0.
EM — M. Borofka 1, A. Weber 1, H. Blaskowski 1; D — S. Baier 1, E. Hansen 1, E. Annis 1. [/emember_protected]