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By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND — In the only game of the week for the Lady Mounders, they faced off on the hardwood against the visiting Boyceville Bulldogs last Thursday evening, January 17, and took the win over the Bulldogs with a 34-point margin after making ten three-point shots in the 64-30 final.
With that most recent win, Elk Mound now sits solidly in third place in the Dunn-St. Croix with a 6-2 mark just a game behind Durand and two in back of Colfax who they played last evening. Overall, the Mounders are an impressive 11-3.
“I really appreciated our focus and intensity tonight,” said Mounders’ head coach Jordan Kongshaug.
Brook Plaszcz kicked things off for Elk Mound sinking a three-point shot with less than a minute off the clock, but Boyceville’s Ana Evenson answered back with two points to begin her night.
But from that point, Elk Mound went on to dominate the following ten minutes of first-half action with an 18-0 run. A pair of fouls shots by Bulldogs’ junior Emma Ouellette finally brought the Mounders’ scoring streak to an end.
While Brook Plaszcz made the initial splash with her game-opening three, it was the inside work of senior Morgan Radtke that proved lethal to the Bulldogs. Radtke topped all scorers with 18 including an eye-popping 14 in the first half in which Elk Mound built a 40-14 advantage. Radtke connected for seven doubles and was four-of-six from the line.
“We shot the ball very well, and we moved the ball extremely well offensively,” Kongshaug stated. “It was a solid win!”
Sophie Cedarblade was solid off the bench as she came in during the first half with the Mounders up by 16 points and took no time in sinking her first three of the evening. She went on to finish the night with two doubles and a pair of threes for 10 points.
Despite fighting foul trouble after picking up three in the first half, Kayla Bridges made her way to the bucket for three doubles and six points overall.
Elk Mound owned a 26-point led at the intermission thanks to five threes, but the second half proved just as fruitful for the Mounders who added another five baskets from behind the arc.
Sydney Simpson and Alana Plaszcz combined for 16 points with Simpson hitting three, second-half triples to finish with nine while Alana Plaszcz had a pair of threes and was one-of-two from the charity stripe to tally seven points.
Adding to the Mounders points were teammates Victoria Fasbender with a pair of threes for six points, and Hailey Blaskowski with two doubles for four points.
Elk Mound hosted the leading Dunn-St. Croix Colfax Vikings last evening, Tuesday, January 22, in their second meeting of the season. Colfax upended Elk Mound 46-41 in the rivals first meeting on the Mounders home court. The Mounders will then host Spring Valley this Friday, January 25 and Eau Claire Regis on Monday, January 28.
ELK MOUND 64, BOYCEVILLE 30
Elk Mound………………40 24 – 64
Boyceville….….….……. 14 16 – 30
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound— B. Plaszcz 1-1-0-4, A. Plaszcz 2-1-1-7, S. Simpson 3-0-0-9, H. Blaskowski 2-0-0-4, V. Fasbender 2-0-0-6, S. Cedarblade 4-0-0-10, M. Radtke 7-4-3-18, K. Bridges 3-0-3-6.
Boyceville— R. Prestrud 2-0-3-6, E. Ouellette 0-4-3-4, A. Bloom 1-0-1-2, K. Grambow 2-0-3-6, H. Olson 1-0-0-2, A. Evenson 2-6-1-10.
EM— B. Plaszcz 1, A. Plaszcz 2, S. Simpson 3, V. Fasbender 2. S. Cedarblade 2 1;
BV— R. Prestrud 2, K. Grambow 2.