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By Amber Hayden
The Elk Mound girls’ basketball squad split a pair of conference games last week to stay in third place in the Dunn-St. Croix standings.
The Lady Mounders easily corralled the visiting Buffaloes of Mondovi last Tuesday evening. Elk Mound bolted to a 30-9 halftime lead and coasted to a 57-27 win over Mondovi in the January 8 contest.
The Mounders weren’t as fortunate in their second Dunn-St. Croix conference game of the week played in Durand last Friday evening, January 11. The Lady Panthers, still stingy from their first loss of the season to Colfax on Tuesday, snapped the Mounders’ seven-game win streak. Elk Mound found itself in foul trouble in the game and coupled with a strong Durand offense proved too much for the Mounders to overcome in a 72-54 road loss to the Panthers.
Elk Mound, now 5-2 in conference action and 10-3 overall, will host the Boyceville Bulldogs this Thursday, January 17 before making the short trip to Colfax next Tuesday, January 22 for the rivalry rematch with the Vikings, the current leaders of the Dunn-St. Croix. Colfax won the first regular-season showdown 46-41 in Elk Mound back on December 4.
The Lady Mounders welcomed conference opponent the Mondovi Buffaloes to their home court last Tuesday evening and were a dominate force once again in a 57-24 win.
“I appreciated our energy and focus, we really did a great job with our defensive rotations,” Mounders head coach Jordan Kongshaug stated. “It was a good team win.”
Senior center, Morgan Radtke, paved the way for the Mounders putting up 16 points against Mondovi, Radtke hit seven doubles and was two-of-three from the charity stripe.
Brook Plaszcz stepped up for Elk Mound with two doubles, a trey and was three-of-four from the line for a total of 10 points.
The Mounders kept Mondovi to a mere nine points in the first half as they outscored the Buffaloes by 21 in the first and 12 points in the second 18 minutes of play.
Teammates Sydney Simpson and Hailey Blaskowski made their way to the net for seven points a piece stemming from two doubles and a triple for each of the Mounders players.
Junior Sophia Cedarblade added another notch in her belt by producing a three-point shot against Mondovi as well as a double for a total of five points. Cedarblade has hit the net from outside the paint against five of the six teams Elk Mound has seen in conference play.
Making their way to the hoop for the Mounders were teammates Kayla Bridges with two doubles and a foul shot for five points, Taya Schaefer with a double and bonus shot for three points, and Alana Plaszcz and Victoria Fasbender each contributed a double to Elk Mounds win.
“Durand will certainly be a tough challenge, they pressure the basketball very well and we will need to take care of the basketball and limit turnovers,” Kongshaug explained. “I feel like we are playing some good basketball right now, and we will try to keep it going Friday night.”
ELK MOUND 57, MONDOVI 24
Elk Mound 30 27 – 57
Mondovi 9 15 – 24
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound— B. Plaszcz 3-3-0-10, A. Plaszcz 1-0-2-2, S. Simpson 3-0-2-7, H. Blaskowski 3-0-1-7, V. Fasbender 1-0-1-2, S. Cedarblade 2-0-1-5, T. Schaefer 1-1-0-3, M. Radtke 7-2-1-16, K. Bridges 2-1-0-5.
Mondovi— E. Poeschel 1-1-1-4, R. Evans 3-0-5-7, K. Berg 2-1-0-5, A. Fedie 1-0-1-3, J. Zacharias 1-0-1-2, J. Hulke 1-0-1-3.
EM— B. Plaszcz 1, S. Simpson 1, H. Blaskowski 1, S. Cedarblade 1; M—E. Poeschel 1, R. Evans 1, A. Fedie 1, J. Hulke 1.
Elk Mound traveled to Durand to take on the Panthers in their second conference game of the week and struggled with foul trouble and a potent Panthers’ offensive attack in the loss.
“We battled, but foul trouble and Durand’s ability to score in spurts was too much for us to over come,” said coach Kongshaug. “We will try to bounce back on Thursday.”
Morgan Radtke and Sophie Cedarblade each scored 13 points for Elk Mound. Cedarblade hit three triples, two doubles and was one-of-two from the charity stripe, while Radtke snagged four doubles and a trey, as well as two-of-two from the line.
Despite putting up 30 points in the first half it wasn’t enough to seal the deal for Elk Mound as Durand outscored them by nine points in each half led by the game’s leading scorer Emily Annis, who netted 19 points for the Panthers.
Sisters Brook and Alana Plaszcz put up nine points between the pair off of a double, a pair of threes and Alana was one-of-two from the foul line.
Victoria Fasbender stepped up for Elk Mound and got a season high of ten points in last Friday evening’s contest. Fasbender hit the backboards for three doubles, a trey and was one-of-two from the line.
Getting in the mix of things were teammates Kayla Bridges with five points stemming from two doubles and a foul shot, Sydney Simpson hit the net from outside the paint for three and Hailey Blaskowski sank a single bonus shot for the Mounders.
DURAND 72, ELK MOUND 54
Elk Mound 30 24 – 54
Durand 39 33 – 72
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound — B. Plaszcz 1-0-4-3, A. Plaszcz 2-1-2-6, S. Simpson 1-0-0-3, H. Blaskowski 0-1-3-1, V. Fasbender 4-1-1-3-10, S. Cedarblade 5-0-1-13, M. Radtke 5-2-4-13, K. Bridges 2-1-3-5.
Durand— J. Hayden 5-0-2-12, E. Hansen 1-3-3-6, H. Prissel 2-7-3-12, L. Sobelko 1-1-1-3, E. Annis 8-1-1-19, S. Dunbar 4-0-3-9, M. Hurlburt 4-1-0-9, M. Sand 0-2-0-2.
EM— B. Plaszcz 1, A. Plaszcz 1, S. Simpson 1, V. Fasbender 1, S. Cedarblade 3, M. Radtke 1; D— J. Hayden 2, E. Hansen 1, H. Prissel 1, E. Annis 2, S. Dunbar 1.