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By Amber Hayden
ALTOONA — The Lady Mounders’ basketball team hit the court twice in a six-day span, closing out the 2018 portion of their schedule with a non-conference contest at Altoona on December 28 before returning home last Thursday evening, January 3, to open the new year and conference play hosting the Glenwood City Hilltoppers.
The Elk Mound girls claimed victory in both games and extended their winning streak to six straight and overall and conference records to 9-2 and 4-1 respectively. The win over the Hilltoppers helped the Mounders stay just one game behind conference co-leaders Colfax and Durand.
In their final game of 2018, the Mounders squared off against West Cloverbelt member the Altoona Railroaders and claimed a 12-point road victory, 44-32, in a low-scoring affair.
The new year also began with a win for Elk Mound as it easily dispatched Glenwood City with a 39-point margin of victory in a dominating 65-26 performance.
The Mounders hosted the Mondovi Buffaloes last evening, January 8, and will travel to Durand to take on the third-ranked Panthers in a key showdown this Friday, January 11.
The Mounder girls played on the road December 28 and picked up a 44-32 win against the Altoona Railroaders.
“We couldn’t get a lot of shots to fall in the first half and didn’t have the defensive intensity we needed,” said Mounder head coach Jordan Kongshaug.
The first 18 minutes of play favored Altoona as the Railroaders led 22-20 at halftime. But in the second half, the Mounders bounced back to take the lead and win as they held the Railroaders to ten points.
Sydney Simpson came out strong for Elk Mound putting up 12 points overall off of four triples. Hailey Blaskowski was another strong leader for the Mounders with 11 points off of two doubles, a pair of treys and a single bonus shot.
“We picked up our defensive intensity and got more shots to fall in the second half, Sydney Simpson gave us an offensive boost by knocking down three three-pointers in the first half and the fourth for the game,” explained Kongshaug.
Morgan Radtke was kept quiet throughout the two 18-minute halves putting in a mere six points all evening off of three doubles which all game in the first half of the game.
Teammates Sophie Cedarblade and Victoria Fasbender got into the mix with Cedarblade sinking a single trey and Fasbender hit the glass for two doubles.
Seniors and twin sisters Brook and Alana Plaszcz added to Elk Mound’s total as Brook netted five points and Alana tallied three.
“It was a big road win for our team,” Kongshaug said.
ELK MOUND 44, ALTOONA 32
Elk Mound……..……..20 24 – 44
Altoona………….………22 10 – 32
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound — B. Plaszcz 1-0-1-3, A. Plaszcz 0-5-3-5, S. Simpson 4-0-1-12, H. Blaskowski 4-1-4-11, V. Fasbender 2-0-2-4, S. Cedarblade 1-0-2-3, M. Radtke 3-0-1-6.
Altoona — A. Vabho 2-2-2-6, D. Henrichs 3-3-2-10, B. Klatt 2-0-2-4, E. Mickelson 2-2-1-6, K. Wiggins 3-0-1-6.
THREE-POINTERS EM — B. Plaszcz 1, S. Simpson 4, H. Blaskowski 2, S. Cedarblade 1; A— D. Henrichs 1.
The Mounders hosted the incoming Glenwood City Hilltoppers last Thursday evening, January 3, in the first conference game of the new year and took the victory by a wide margin, winning 65-26.
“We defended well and shot the ball well, I appreciated our energy and focus,” said coach Kongshaug. “It was a great effort.”
Elk Mound kept the Hilltoppers to 12 points in the first half as they put up 41 points of its own in the first 18 minutes of play. The second half scoring advantage also went to the Mounders as they added another 24 points compared to 14 for Glenwood City.
Morgan Radtke led the points for Elk Mound with 16 points total as she hit on seven doubles and was two-of-two from the free throw line for the Mounders.
Sisters Brook and Alana Plaszcz were tough to defend all evening pumping in 19 points between the pair. Brook again led the pair with 13 points while Alana chipped in for six.
Senior forward Sydney Simpson scored ten points against Glenwood City, hitting two doubles and a pair of threes.
Sophie Cedarblade resumed her three-point run with three in Thursday evenings game against the Hilltoppers.
Victoria Fasbender sank a triple and a single foul shot for a total of four points.
Adding to the team’s point total were Hailey Blaskowski with three points and Isabella Hollister and Kayla Bridges each scored a two-point basket.
ELK MOUND 65, GLENWOOD CITY 26
Elk Mound……..………………41 24 – 65
Glenwood City.…………………12 14 – 26
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound— B. Plaszcz 5-0-1-13, A. Plaszcz 2-1-2-6, I. Hollister 1-0-0-2, S. Simpson 4-0-1-10, H. Blaskowski 1-1-1-3, V. Fasbender 1-1-0-4, S. Cedarblade 3-0-2-9, M. Radtke 7-2-2-16, K. Bridges 1-0-0-2.
Glenwood City— A. Curvello 1-0-0-2, D. Quinn 2-2-1-7, H. Strehlo 2-1-2-5, D. Fayerweather 4-1-1-10, M. Schutz 1-0-3-2.
THREE-POINTERS EM— B. Plaszcz 3, A. Plaszcz 1, S. Simpson 2, V. Fasbender 1, S. Cedarblade 3; GC— D. Quinn 1, D. Fayerweather 1.