By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — The Mounders had the luck to play both games of their final week of the regular season at home.
Sadly, though, the Elk Mound ladies were not up to their usual shooting skills in the February 12 home contest versus Amery, and fell to the Warriors 47-31. They picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and turned their focus to the final Dunn-St. Croix match up this season against Mondovi.
The Mounders seemed slow to start against the Buffaloes February 15, but the energy from senior night must have caught the squad, because Elk Mound picked up its final conference victory of the season with a 54-43 win over Mondovi.
[emember_protected] The Lady Mounders head into the WIAA Division 4 tournament season with a 17-5 overall record, and finished third in the Dunn-St. Croix with a 11-3 mark. The team is seeded third in the region, and will take on the winner of the Cadott and Cochrane-Fountain City game at Elk Mound February 23.
The winner of that contest will play in the regional final February 24.
Elk Mound’s head basketball coach, Jordan Kongshaug, knows now is the time for his team to step up its game.
Which is why he was likely a little disappointed in the Mounders’ showing against Amery early last week.
“We shot very poorly,” Kongshaug’s written comments began. “We didn’t execute very well on the offensive or defensive end. Amery played a solid game.”
The Lady Mounders fell to the Warrior girls 47-31 in the February 12 matchup as they turned toward their final Dunn-St. Croix game this season. Kongshaug acknowledged the team would need to regroup prior to entering tournament play.
Elk Mound trailed 22-15 at halftime, and could put up just 16 more points in the second half in an attempt to keep up with the Warriors.
Madysen Borofka led the Elk Mound ladies with nine points, Morgan Radtke provided eight, Ashley Gunderson-Morris scored seven, Allie Weber was good for five, and Crista Sweeney added two.
Amery’s Madelyn Granica picked up 21 points to lead the contest.
AMERY 47, ELK MOUND 31
Amery (16-12-9-47) — A. Someren 2-0-0-4, L. Monson 1-2-1-5, M. Brotzel 0-0-1-0, C. Edwards 4-0-4-10, J. Engelbretson 1-0-0-2, M. Granica 6-9-3-21, E. Schmidt 1-1-0-3, A. Schmidt 1-0-0-2.
Elk Mound (12-5-17-31) — M. Borofka 4-0-4-9, H. Cedarblade 0-0-1-0, A. Weber 1-2-2-5, H. Blaskowski 0-0-2-0, A. Gunderson-Morris 2-3-4-7, M. Radtke 4-0-3-8, C. Sweeney 1-0-1-2.
A — L. Monson 1, C. Edwards 2; EM — M. Borofka 1, A. Weber 1.
If Coach Kongshaug was worried about how his seniors’ final regular-season home game would end, he need not have.
Despite a rocky start, the Elk Mound girls prevailed at home February 15 to pick up a 54-43 win over the Buffaloes to carry some momentum into next week’s regional semifinal at home.
“We got off to a slow start, but we showed some perseverance and played a better second half,” Kongshaug noted in his written post-game summary. “I was happy that their last regular-season game finished on a positive note.”
The Elk Mound ladies seemed to stumble their way through the first 18 minutes of the game, but fought to a 23-23 tie at intermission, and came out swinging in the second half to outscore the Lady Buffs 31-20 for the win.
Senior Allie Weber had a big night, scoring 18 points to lead the Mounder attack. Morgan Radtke contributed 11 points, Crista Sweeney added 10, Ashley Gunderson-Morris put up seven, Hailey Blaskowski was good for two, Hannah Cedarblade nabbed three points, and Madysen Borofka scored one.
Mondovi senior Haley Poeschel scored 17 points to lead the Buffaloes.
MONDOVI 43, ELK MOUND 54
Mondovi…………………………..23 20 — 43
Elk Mound………………………..23 31 — 54
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Mondovi (16-9-22-43) — C. Buchholz 4-1-5-10, H. Poeschel 6-5-2-17, M. Rud 0-0-1-0, S. Ede 1-0-4-2, R. Evans 5-1-3-12, K. Everson 0-0-1-0, E. Flaskrud 0-2-4-2, J. Zacharias 0-0-2-0.
Elk Mound (16-17-13-54) — M. Borofka 0-1-3-1, H. Cedarblade 1-1-0-3, A. Weber 5-5-5-18, H. Blaskowski 1-1-1-4, A. Gunderson-Morris 3-0-2-7, M. Radtke 3-5-2-11, C. Sweeney 3-4-0-10.
M — C. Buchholz 1, R. Evans; EM — A. Weber 3, H. Blaskowski 1, A. Gunderson-Morris 1. [/emember_protected]