By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — According to head coach Jordan Kongshaug, Elk Mound’s second contest against Boyceville for the 2017-2018 season was not the offensive effort he was looking for.
So, it is a good thing the Mounders’ defense showed up for the game as well.
The Mounders played to a 58-20 win in the January 23 road trip to Bulldog country to sweep the regular-season, home-and-home series from the Boyceville girls, and moved up to 7-2 and a third-place tie with Mondovi in the Dunn-St. Croix standings. They would try to improve to 8-2 later in the week when they hosted Colfax for the second time this season.
Elk Mound allowed Boyceville just 13 points in the first 18 minutes while running up 30 points of their own before stepping away from the court for halftime. The Lady Mounders nearly doubled their score in the second half with another 28 points, while allowing the Lady Bulldogs just seven points more in the game.
Substantial scoring runs in both halves helped the Elk Mound girls establish a sizable lead and to keep growing it throughout the conference contest against Boyceville.
But the game started slowly as the teams had made just four buckets through the first six and a half minutes of play with Elk Mound leading 6 to 2.
Allie Weber would put the Mounders’ offensive in high gear with a pair of three-point plays to kick start a 14-0 run. Weber sank a trey to make it 9 to 2 and followed with a basket and a free throw after being fouled to make it 12-2. Hannah Cedarblade capped the run with the Lady Mounders’ second three-point basket of the opening half for a 20-2 advantage.
Crista Sweeney and Morgan Radtke each added a trio of two-point hoops as Elk Mound carried a 30-13 lead into the intermission after Boyceville sophomore Rachel Prestrud canned a three-point, half-court shot at the horn.
Fresh off the first-half buzzer beater, the Bulldogs scored two early baskets to cut their deficit to 31-17.
The Mounders, however, hit another offensive hot streak, outscoring the Bulldogs 22-0 over an 11:19 period of the second half to lead 53-17. It wasn’t until Tyra Kostman hit on a jumper with 2:20 left to play that the Bulldogs finally found the bottom of the net once again.
But by then Elk Mound had the contest well in hand en route to the 58-20 win.
It was the Lady Mounders’ second substantial win over the Dogs in nearly two months after picking up a 69-22 win over Boyceville at home in early December.
Allie Weber led the Mounder ladies with 13 points after hitting a pair of threes and a pair of field goals and going three for four from the line. Crista Sweeney put up another 11 points, and Morgan Radtke tacked up 10.
Madysen Borofka scored seven points, Hannah Cedarblade dropped in five, and Kayla Bridges and Victoria Fasbender were both good for three. Brook Plaszcz, Hailey Blaskowski and Mary Tamke completed the final score with two points apiece.
Boyceville’s highest-scoring competitor was sophomore Tyra Kostman, who put in nine points to lead the Lady Bulldogs.
ELK MOUND 58, BOYCEVILLE 20
Elk Mound……………………..30 28 — 58
Boyceville………………………13 7 — 20
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (19-15-10-58) — M. Borofka 2-2-1-7, H. Cedarblade 1-2-0-5, A. Weber 4-3-2-13, B. Plaszcz 1-0-0-2, A. Plaszcz 0-0-1-0, H. Blaskowski 1-0-2-2, V. Fasbender 1-0-3-3, T. Schaefer 0-0-1-0, M. Tamke 1-0-0-2, M. Radtke 3-4-0-10, K. Bridges 0-3-0-3, C. Sweeney 5-1-0-11.
Boyceville (8-1-20-20) — R. Prestrud 3-0-1-8, E. Ouellette 0-0-3-0, N. Hillman 0-1-2-1, H. Johnson 0-0-4-0, T. Kostman 4-0-4-9, T. Grambow 1-0-5-2, A. Evenson 0-0-1-0.
EM — M. Borofka 1, H. Cedarblade 1, A. Weber 2, V. Fasbender 1; B — R. Prestrud 2, T. Kostman 1.