By Cara L. Dempski
The Mounder ladies took to the road in their second-to-last week of the regular season as they prepared to round out conference play this week.
Coach Jordan Kongshaug took the Elk Mound girls to Plum City for a contest against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves last Tuesday, February 6, and the Mounders were able to nab a substantial 83-59 road win to kick off the week.
Elk Mound then headed to Glenwood City for a Friday-night duel with the Hilltoppers February 9. The Mounders took a 10-point lead early in the game, and never looked back as they stomped the Toppers 73-38.
Kongshaug attended the Division 4 seeding meeting held at Durand on February 11, where his Mounders were awarded the three seed in their half of the sectional.
The Elk Mound girls faced Amery in a home non-conference contest February 12, and will end their conference and regular season at home this Thursday, February 15 against Mondovi. The team is currently 10-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 16-4 overall.
They will open the tournament season February 23 at home against the winner of the Cadott and Cochrane-Fountain City game played at CFC February 20.
The box score from last week’s game against Elmwood/Plum City certainly backs up Kongshaug’s statement that Elk Mound put up a big offensive effort against the Wolves.
It would have been a big offensive effort indeed to garner 83 points on the way to a 24-point victory over the Elmwood/Plum City girls February 6.
“We ran the floor and played very efficiently,” Kongshaug said a few days later. “We didn’t play our best defensively, but I give a lot of credit to Elmwood/Plum City for hitting shots and playing well.”
Elk Mound led by 10 at the half, but then added a whopping 45 points to their score in the second half of the game. That averages out to 2.5 points per minute in just the closing half.
Morgan Radtke had a whopper of a night with 26 points scored on the way to Elk Mound’s total of 83. She was assisted by Crista Sweeney with 17, Ashley Gunderson-Morris with 13, Allie Weber with nine, Madysen Borofka with six, Hannah Cedarblade with four, and Alana Plaszcz, Sydney Simpson, Hailey Blaskowski and Kayla Bridges with two each.
Wolves player Rowan Rupakus put up 19 points to lead the Elmwood/Plum City ladies.
ELK MOUND 83, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 59
Elk Mound…………………….38 45 — 83
Elmwood/Plum City………….28 31 — 59
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (28-23-16-83) — M. Borofka 2-2-3-6, H. Cedarblade 0-4-0-4, A. Weber 3-0-4-9, A. Plaszcz 1-0-0-2, S. Simpson 0-2-0-2, H. Blaskowski 1-0-3-2, A. Gunderson-Morris 5-2-2-13, M. Radtke 11-4-2-26, K. Bridges 0-2-2-2, C. Sweeney 5-7-0-17.
Elmwood/Plum City (20-9-25-59) — A. Peterson 2-0-4-4, J. Martin 0-1-1-1, K. Feuker 3-2-2-8, T. Whipple 3-2-3-9, R. Rupakus 6-2-3-19, L. Diesing 4-1-4-9, E. Funk 2-1-3-7, H. Feuker 1-0-5-2.
EM — A. Weber 3, A. Gunderson-Morris 1; EPC — T. Whipple 1, R. Rupakus 5, E. Funk 1.
Things started slowly for the Mounders on the Hilltoppers home court last Friday.
“Offensively, we played well. We moved the ball,” Kongshaug said in his post-game comments. “Defensively, I didn’t think we did a good job adjusting. Second half we did a better job.”
The game seemed a good warm-up for tournament season.
The Hilltoppers actually got on the scoreboard first in the February 9, 73-38 win for the Mounders. Glenwood City senior Jenesa Klinger drilled a pair of charity throws after drawing the foul off Weber before 30 seconds ticked off the clock.
The Mounders responded in kind 15 seconds later with an inside shot off the hands of Ashley Gunderson-Morris to tie the game at two.
From there, Elk Mound seemed to take the ball and run with it, nabbing a 16-6 lead before four full minutes came off the clock.
A little over two minutes later, the visiting team held a 24-10 lead over the Hilltoppers. The Mounders continued to push forward, and carried a 45-21 advantage into the locker room as both teams broke for intermission.
The second 18 minutes brought the Glenwood City defense to life, but the Mounders continued to hit shot after shot until the final buzzer sounded on a 25-point lead for the Elk Mound girls.
Weber and Radtke led both Elk Mound and the game with 17 points apiece, while Gunderson-Morris contributed 16, Sweeney and Cedarblade each put up eight, Victoria Fasbender hit a three, and Kayla Bridges and Alana Plaszcz each scored two.
Glenwood City’s high-scoring player was Mariah Voeltz with 10 points.
ELK MOUND 73, GLENWOOD CITY 38
Elk Mound………………………..45 28 — 73
Glenwood City…………………..21 17 — 38
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (26-14-16-73) — M. Borofka 0-0-4-0, H. Cedarblade 2-4-0-8, A. Weber 6-0-2-17, A. Plaszcz 1-0-1-2, V. Fasbender 1-0-0-3, A. Gunderson-Morris 5-5-4-16, M. Tamke 0-0-2-0, M. Radtke 7-3-3-17, K. Bridges 1-0-0-2, C. Sweeney 3-2-0-8.
Glenwood City (12-14-19-38) — J. Klinger 0-3-4-3, M. Voeltz 4-2-4-10, D. Quinn 1-4-0-6, M. O’Brien 1-0-0-2, H. Strehlo 0-0-4-0, A. Curvello 1-2-2-4, O. Scalze 0-1-1-1, D. Fayerweather 1-0-0-2, M. Schutz 3-1-0-7, C. Lawson 1-0-2-2, E. Hill 0-1-2-1.
EM — A. Weber 5, V. Fasbender 1, A. Gunderson-Morris 1.