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By Amber Hayden
BALDWIN — Just call them the road warriors.
The Elk Mound girls’ basketball team just wrapped up a successful three-game road trip with wins over Baldwin-Woodville and Elmwood/Plum City last week.
The Lady Mounders have played away from the friendly confines of their own gymnasium in five of their past six contests – all for wins.
Elk Mound bested Baldwin-Woodville, a member of the Middle Border Conference, 43-36 last Monday, December 10 and then headed southwest to Elmwood last Thursday, December 13 where it dispatched the Wolves of Elmwood/Plum City 75-33 for its third Dunn-St. Croix victory of the season.
Winners of three straight and five of the past six games, the Mounders improved to 3-1 in conference and 6-2 overall in the first month of the 2018-19 season.
Morgan Radtke also reached an individual milestone in the Mounders’ win over Elmwood/Plum City. The senior scored 1,000 career points on her 15th point of the contest just prior to the end of the first half.
The Mounders will have a week to prepare for Somerset, who comes to Elk Mound this Thursday, December 20. After the Christmas break, Elk Mound plays at Altoona on Friday, December 28.
The Lady Mounders took to the hardwood in Baldwin last Monday, December 10 for the first of two road game on the week.
Elk Mound was able to extend a narrow halftime lead in the second half for a 43-36 win over the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks.
“It was a hard fought road win for our girls,” said head coach Jordan Kongshaug. “Morgan finished extremely well, we did a nice job of entering the post in good positions for her to score.”
Leading the way for the Mounders was senior Morgan Radtke. Radtke has taken her position as center to heart this season as she scored her second consecutive game high of 26 points. Radtke was four-of-seven from the foul line and scored eleven doubles against the Blackhawks.
Sophie Cedarblade tacked on another nine points during the contest giving her a total of 45 points for the 2018-19 season. Cedarblade has put up one or more triples in six of the seven games played thus far this season. During her minutes played against Baldwin-Woodville, Cedarblade hit the nets with three well placed triples including two in the first half.
Adding to the point total for Elk Mound were teammates Alana Plaszcz and Hailey Blaskowski with four points a piece.
“Offensively we started to work to get better shots in the second half which allowed us to stretch the lead,” Mounders’ coach Kongshaug stated.
ELK MOUND 43, BALDWIN-WOODVILLE 36
Elk Mound…….……………….18 25 – 43
Baldwin-Woodville……………14 22 – 36
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound — A. Plaszcz 2-0-2-4, H. Blaskowski 0-4-2-4, M. Radtke 11-4-5-26, S. Cedarblade 3-0-1-9.
Baldwin-Woodville — B. Evenson 1-6-2-9, K. Olson 3-0-1-6, T. Meyers 1-0-0-3, M. Schommer 1-0-3-3, A. Campbell 5-2-2-13.
THREE-POINTERS EM— S. Cedarblade 3; BW— B. Evenson 1, T. Meyers 1, M. Schommer 1, A. Campbell 1.
Elmwood/PC in Elmwood
In the second road game of the week, the Mounders turned out an exciting game for the players and fans as senior Morgan Radtke hit the 1,000 career-point plateau against the Wolves.
“It was an exciting night for our team as Morgan scored her 1,000 career point,” said Kongshaug. “It was her fifteenth point of the game, and she scored it on a basket just prior to the end of the first half.”
Radtke went on to score two more baskets in the second half and end her night with 19 points off nine doubles and one-for-two from the foul line, the team was excited for Radtke’s accomplishment, Kongshaug said.
Sophie Cedarblade hit the court against the Wolves looking to add another game filled with triples, and she did not disappoint. Cedarblade put up five triples in last Thursday evening’s game making her record seven of eight where she has scored from the outside.
“We shot the ball extremely well and played with a lot of positive energy, I am pleased with the progress our team is making,” Kongshaug stated.
Sisters Alana and Brook Plaszcz had a strong game putting up 23 points between the twins, Brook netted three triples and a double while Alana was three-of-four from the foul line with three doubles and a trey.
ELK MOUND 75, PLUM CITY/ELMWOOD 33
Elk Mound…….…….…………48 27 – 75
Plum City/Elmwood………….21 12 – 33
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound — B. Plaszcz 4-0-2-11, A. Plaszcz 4-3-2-12, H. Blaskowski 3-1-2-8, M. Radtke 9-1-0-19, S. Cedarblade 5-0-1-15, S. Simpson 1-1-3-3, V. Fasbender 1-2-1-4, T. Schaefer0-3-0-3.
Plum City/Elmwood — A. Waltz 1-1-0-3, H. McDonough 1-0-0-3, K. Feuker 5-0-5-10, M. Glaus 0-2-0-2, K. Kern 5-0-2-10, R. Rupakus 0-1-2-1, A. Blanford 1-0-2-2, V. Seipel 0-1-1-1, H. Baier 0-1-2-1.
THREE-POINTERS EM— B. Plaszcz 3, A. Plaszcz 1, H. Blaskowski 1, S. Cedarblade 5; PCE— H. McDonough 1.