Mounder girls fight off Pirates for chance at regional title

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — Mounders’ head girls’ basketball coach had two things to credit for his team’s WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal win at home last Friday.

“This time of year, you just kind of have to win in advance,” Kongshaug said of his team’s efforts to build a good game at the outset.

Then, there was senior Crista Sweeney, who the Elk Mound coach credited with being a big part of the team’s 46-44 win over Cochrane-Fountain City last Friday, February 24.

[emember_protected] “I thought this kid right here,” he said, pointing at Sweeney as she emerged from the locker room, “stepped up big time. I’m proud of her: she kept with it, even though some nights it’s been rough, she did a good job.”

Sweeney figured heavily in the team’s success February 24 after starting junior center Morgan Radtke ran into foul trouble just before halftime. The senior added 10 points to the Mounders’ final score, seven of which she put up in the first 18 minutes of the game.

The Mounders, who had a first-round bye, took a one-point lead into intermission, and came out looking a little sluggish in the first two minutes of the second half. The team found its footing again, and regained the lead, which they held for the remainder of the game.

Another senior, Allie Weber, nabbed the home team’s, and the game’s, highest individual score after picking up 15 in the game. Radtke contributed 12 before fouling out late in the game, Sweeney had 10, Hannah Cedarblade put up six, and Ashley Gunderson-Morris added three.

Cochrane-Fountain City’s Lexy Peterson had her team’s top score with 10 points.

The Mounders would have taken a road trip to Durand the following night to face the Panthers a third time this season, but the game was postponed until February 26 on account of weather. The winner of the regional championship game will move on the March 1 sectional semifinal at Altoona and will face the winner of the Melrose-Mindoro/Eau Claire Regis game also held February 26.

Elk Mound had improved to 18-5 as it headed into the regional championship showdown with Durand. 

COCHRANE-FOUNTAIN CITY 44, ELK MOUND 46
Cochrane-Fountain City………23  21 — 44
Elk Mound…………………………24  22 — 46

TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)

Cochrane-Fountain City (15-12-18-44) — L. Schmidtknecht 2-2-1-6, M. Gabel 0-4-1-4, K. Scharlau 1-0-0-2, M. Skroch 3-2-5-8, E. Rivers 3-1-1-7, L. Peterson 4-0-3-10, I. Ostrem 2-4-4-7.

Elk Mound (15-12-16-46)  — M. Borofka 0-0-5-0, H. Cedarblade 2-1-0-6, A. Weber 5-2-3-15, A. Gunderson-Morris 1-0-0-3, M. Radtke 4-4-5-12, C. Sweeney 3-4-3-10.

THREE-POINTERS
CFC — L. Peterson 2; EM — H. Cedarblade 1, A. Weber 3. [/emember_protected]