By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — One team may have been looking for a little payback, while the other was hoping to get their feet back under them.
In the end, both teams seem to have gotten what they wanted on February 2 at Elk Mound.
The Mounders may have felt good about getting a little revenge for the pre-Christmas smackdown they suffered at Colfax December 21, but it was the Vikings who may have the bigger win of the night despite their 56-46 loss.
“I was happy we scored more than 21 points,” Vikings’ coach Garrett Maas said after the game. “You don’t want to be happy in a loss, but I thought we competed hard. I wondered if we were going to hit the panic button here, or how they were going to respond after such a miserable game on Tuesday.”
On Elk Mound’s side, coach Mike Kessler was pleased with how hard his team played as well, especially since this year has been another struggle of getting everyone to play hard for the entire 36 minutes.
“Something we’ve been preaching all year long is to play hard,” Kessler explained.
He noted the challenge for his Mounders was maintaining their consistency and energy for the whole game.
Elk Mound took the opening possession, and Ben Lambele had dropped in a field goal before half a minute had run off the clock. Ryan Mohr increased the Mounders’ lead with a three-point shot from deep in the corner to give the home team a 5-0 advantage at 16:41.
Colfax got on the board at 15:52 when Ed Hydukovich took a two-shot trip to the line and nailed both to make the score 5-2.
Elk Mound pushed out to a 12-4 lead in the opening five minutes, but then Colfax started to find its way back into the game. First, Marcus Reisdorf pushed through some heavy traffic to flip in a bucket for two, and then Hydukovich added two more with another trip to the line to make the score 12-8 with 10:20 still to play in the opening half.
The lanky Colfax sophomore then put in another bucket to pull within two of Elk Mound before Ben Thompson tied things up at 12 with 8:26 before halftime.
The Mounders would push out to a six-point lead at one point, and took a five-point advantage into the locker room for intermission after Lambele nailed a three-point shot with just 2.5 seconds on the clock.
The home team raced out to a nine-point lead early in the second half, but the Vikings were able to fight back to within three or four points numerous times over the final 18 minutes. Eventually, though, the Vikings would fall away to trail by 10 as the final horn sounded.
Mounder Lambele led the game with 18 points, but Colfax’s Thompson and Hydukovich were right behind him with 16 and 14 points respectively. Dylan Black put up 10 more for Elk Mound, Mohr and Blake Rosenthal tied with seven more each for the Mounders, Brandon Redwine scored six, Brett Lew was good for five, and Dylan Curry logged three.
Reisdorf added eight to Colfax’s final score, Noah Albricht and Luke Heidorn picked up three apiece, and Jackson Hellmann earned two.
The Mounders (7-9) hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser February 6, and Elmwood/Plum City February 8. They will go to Spring Valley February 13.
The Vikings (9-7) hosted Augusta February 6, and will head to Glenwood City February 8. They will start next week at home versus Elmwood/Plum City February 13.
Both teams currently share second place in the conference standings with 6-3 records.
ELK MOUND 56, COLFAX 46
Colfax……………………………24 22 — 46
Elk Mound………………………29 27 — 56
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (16-11-16-46) — B. Thompson 6-1-1-16, N. Albricht 1-1-0-3, E. Hydukovich 3-8-4-14, J. Hellmann 1-0-5-2, M. Reisdorf 4-0-3-8, L. Heidorn 1-1-3-3.
Elk Mound (19-9-17-56) — R. Mohr 3-0-3-7, B. Rosenthal 2-1-2-7, B. Redwine 2-2-3-6, D. Curry 1-0-4-3, B. Lambele 7-2-1-18, D. Black 2-4-0-10, B. Lew 2-0-0-5, N. Schreiber 0-0-1-0, N. Lew 0-0-3-0.
C — B. Thompson 3; EM — R. Mohr 1, B. Rosenthal 2, D. Curry 1, B. Lambele 2, D. Black 2, B. Lew 1.