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By Amber Hayden
The Elk Mound and Colfax girls’ basketball teams each had a busy schedule this past week which began with an important, early-season showdown between the rivals last Tuesday in Elk Mound.
The Vikings and Mounders also tangled with and took wins from conference foes in their Friday night match-ups. Elk Mound won a lopsided road victory in Spring Valley that evening while the home-based Vikings blasted Elmwood/Plum City.
And as it turned out, Colfax came away with an advantage in the D-SC title chase as it nipped Elk Mound on the Mounders’ home hardwood, 46-41, in the closely contested December 4 rivalry game.
Elk Mound rebounded in a big way last Friday, December 7 as it dominated the Spring Valley Cardinals in a 66-16 road victory while Colfax also enjoyed a similar-style victory that evening as the Vikings pummeled the Wolves of Elmwood/Plum City 57-17 for the home win.
The pair of wins helped Colfax, who is tied atop the D-SC standings with Durand at 3-0, improved to 5-1 overall. Elk Mound meanwhile is now 2-1 in conference and 4-2 overall.
Colfax will play in Glenwood City this Thursday, December 13 before returning home next Monday, December 17 to host Melrose-Mindoro in a non-conference rematch of last season’s Division 4 sectional final.
Elk Mound, who played at Baldwin-Woodville this past Monday (Dec. 10), will also travel to Elmwood on Thursday to play Elmwood/Plum City.
Elk Mound vs. Colfax
Colfax made the short trip to Elk Mound last Tuesday evening, December 4, for an early-season contest and the tension between the two rivals could literally be cut with a knife.
In the end, Colfax prevailed 46-41 in the tightly-contested game.
“We are just excited to win over a solid, well coached team,” said Colfax head coach Joe Doucette. “We made a lot of mistakes and they shot the ball well but we were able to persevere and make enough plays to win.”
Elk Mound fought to the end but couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, which helped Colfax preserve the five-point victory.
“I appreciated our kids effort, I think there is a lot to build on going forward,” said Elk Mound head coach Jordan Kongshaug. “Colfax is a very good team, and we gave ourselves a chance. We will keep working to improve.”
Brook Plaszcz started the game out strong for the Mounders putting up her first of four three-point shots of the night causing the Elk Mound fans to go into a fit of excited delirium.
The Colfax girls stayed quiet on offense the first few minutes of the contest, giving their full-court defense time to work on the Mounders and find a way to shut down their senior leader Morgan Radtke on offense.
Radtke fought the Vikings defense all evening putting up just nine points off of two doubles and was 5-for-9 from the foul line.
Victoria Fasbender and Sophie Cedarblade were able to find the outside shooting lane and hit the net for five triples between the pair. Cedarblade also hit the boards for a single double against the Vikings.
Silence fell over the gym as the Mounders’ Kayla Bridges was injured in the first half of the game after a block from Savannah Henricks sent her crashing to the ground. Before leaving the game Bridges was one for two from the foul line.
“Kayla is going to be out a few days, it was a tough break for our team to have her go down,” coach Kongshaug stated. “But I thought other kids stepped up to make plays. We will look forward to getting her back in action.”
Savannah Henricks led the Vikings point wise with 12, she was three of eight from the foul line and hit the boards for three triples.
Morgan Schleusner had a solid night as well hitting the net for two doubles and a triple as well as 2 of 2 from the foul line.
“Morgan and Savannah got us off to a good start offensively and Rachel Scharlau and Kameri Meredith had some big baskets down the stretch,” said Doucette.
Scharlau and Meredith put up 17 points between them, Meredith hit the net for five doubles and Scharlau was one for two from the foul line and hit three doubles.
Overall, the Vikings had ten players contribute throughout the game, said Doucette, explaining that last year at this time Colfax struggled and needed to improve and Doucette feels that his team can do the same this year.
“We are at our best when we score inside, shoot some free throws and make some 3s, and we are close to that balance we want,” Doucette explained. “It all starts in practice, we need to keep working and helping each other.”
COLFAX 46, ELK MOUND 41
Colfax…….……..………………28 18 – 46
Elk Mound…….…………………20 21 – 41
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— A. Dachel 1-0-1-5, M. Schleusner 2-2-0-9, J. Bowe 0-1-0-1, K. Meredith 5-0-2-10, S. Henricks 0-3-2-12, R. Scharlau 3-1-3-7, E. Hurlburt 1-0-1-2.
Elk Mound— B. Plaszcz 1-2-2-16, H. Blaskowski 0-1-4-1, V. Fasbender 0-0-0-6, M. Radtke 2-5-3-9, K. Bridges 0-1-1-1, S. Cedarblade 1-0-2-8.
THREE-POINTERS C— A. Dachel 1, S. Henricks 3, M. Schleusner 1; EM— B. Plaszcz 4, V. Fasbender 2, S. Cedarblade 2.
Elk Mound vs. Spring Valley
After the loss earlier in the week to Colfax, the Mounders were back on the court against the Spring Valley Cardinals and put together a win on the road by a score of 66-16.
The Mounders defense held the Cardinals to eight points per half, while the offense put up 30 plus points in the two, 18-minute time periods.
Morgan Radtke led the way for Elk Mound with 26 points on nine doubles, a trey and 5-for-7 from the free throw line.
Making their way to the net for a pair of triples each, were teammates Alana Plaszcz and Sophie Cedarblade, Plaszcz also hit the backboard for four doubles and Cedarblade was two-for-two from the charity stripe.
Taya Schaefer, Olivia Schreiber and Isabella Hollister all got some varsity play time during the second half of the game. The trio of players put up a total of ten points off of four doubles and two foul shots.
ELK MOUND 66, SPRING VALLEY 16
Elk Mound…….………………….35 31 – 66
Spring Valley……….………………8 8 – 16
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound — A. Plaszcz 4-0-1-14, H. Blaskowski 1-0-3-2, V. Fasbender 1-1-2-3, M. Radtke 9-5-3-26, S. Cedarblade 0-2-2-8, T. Schaefer 3-1-1-7, I. Hollister 0-1-0-1, O. Schreiber 1-0-0-2, S. Simpson 1-1-2-3.
Spring Valley — S. Klatt 0-0-0-3, K. Dieckman 0-1-1-1, S. Bune 1-0-3-2, E. Stans 1-0-3-2, D. Brooke 0-1-0-1, J. Ortner 0-1-4-1, A. Johansen 3-0-4-6.
THREE-POINTERS EM— A. Plaszcz 2, S. Cedarblade 2, M. Radtke 1; SV— S. Klatt 1.
Colfax vs. Plum City/Elmwood
The Colfax Ladies added a second basketball “W” for the week to their growing column of victories after they claimed a 57-19 win at home last Friday evening, December 7, over the Plum City/Elmwood Wolves.
“We did some good things all the way through but at times looked rushed and we missed a lot of easy shots,” said Vikes head coach Joe Doucette. “We rebounded the ball very well and had a chance to play a lot of kids.”
Elmwood/Plum City got on the scoreboard first with a double, but Colfax wasted no time in answering back and going on a 10-2 run before Katie Feuker of the Wolves would head to the foul line for the first of her six foul shots.
The Vikings senior, Emma Hurlburt, took to the court and put up 14 points to lead Colfax. Hurlburt put up six doubles and was two-of-two from the foul line during Friday evenings game.
Jayna Bowe and Madison Barstad hit nothing but net for a pair of triples a piece against the Wolves, the teammates put up 16 points total.
“Jayna Bowe off the bench is shooting the ball well for us and freshmen Maddie Barstad has a great future,” said coach Doucette.
The first few minutes of the game Kameri Meredith struggled to stay out of foul trouble before she would find the formula to hit the boards for 10 points off of five doubles. Meredith was strong to rebound the ball for Colfax in the 36 minutes of play with four alone on offense.
The Lady Vikes’ defense continued to hold the Wolves to a mere 19 points all game, Colfax was able to get some of the girls off the bench for some varsity play including Marissa Harmon, Erica Kallstrom and Saville Wilson.
“We have a ton of talent we just need to relax and play better offense and continue to grow defensively,” Doucette explained.
“We have some great games coming up where we have to be much better, I know we have some tough kids and will get a great chance to prove it.”
COLFAX 57, PLUM CITY/ELMWOOD 19
Colfax…….……..……………….34 23– 57
Plum City/Elmwood…………….10 9 – 19
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — A. Dachel 2-3-1-7, J. Bowe 1-0-2-10, K. Meredith 5-0-3-10, S. Henricks 1-0-1-2, R. Scharlau 2-0-3-4, E. Hurlburt 6-2-1-14, S. Wilson 0-2-0-5, M. Harmon 0-1-0-1, M. Barstad 0-0-0-6.
Plum City/Elmwood — A. Waltz 1-0-3-2, K. Feuker 1-5-5-7, K. Kern 1-2-2-7, R. Rupakus 0-0-3-3
THREE-POINTERS C— J. Bowe 2, S. Wilson 1, M. Barstad 2; K. Kern 1, R. Rupakus 1.