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By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND — Winter weather continued to wreak havoc with this season’s basketball schedules leaving the Elk Mound boys’ team with just a single game last week – a tough home match-up against second-place Spring Valley last Friday.
The Mounders were looking to extend the Cardinals losing skid to three games. Spring Valley had dropped back-to-back conference contests coming into the February 15 game to fall out of first place in the Dunn-St. Croix standings.
After a slow first half which saw the Cardinals take a 22-18 lead into half, both offenses really heated up in the final 18 minutes of play as the squads combined for 85 points.
The Cardinals were able to hold off the Mounders in the second half’s scoring bonanza, adding three points to their lead for a 66 to 59 win.
The Mounders’ duo of Brett Lew and Marcus Kinblom combined for 34 points only to have the Cardinals’ Dylan Bosshart toss in 24 points to lead all scorers while teammate Trevor Stangl netted five threes to finish with 17 points.
“Spring Valley did a nice job of doubling down on the post which made it difficult to score inside,” said Elk Mound head coach Michael Kessler. “Credit to their shooters.”
Senior Brett Lew notched five shots from inside the paint, made one trey and was five-of-seven from the line to lead Elk Mound with 18. A majority of Lew’s points came in the second half of the contest as did many of the Mounder’s points as they put up a 41 point half.
After a quiet presence the past few contests, Kinblom scored 16 points with nine coming in the first half.
Elk Mound found themselves down by four going into halftime but mounted an offense that put up a huge second half.
Despite the second-half offensive splurge, the Mounders couldn’t shut down Spring Valley’s best shooter Dylan Bosshart as he put up 22 of his 24 points in the second. Bosshart went 12-for-14 at the free throw line and hit a pair of threes and two two-pointers in the final 18 minutes which accounted for half Spring Valley’s points in the second half.
“Spring Valley shot the ball really well from the field and consistently hit touchy free throws down the stretch,” explained Kessler.
In all, Spring Valley nailed 20 of its 27 attempted charity tosses. Elk Mound, meanwhile, was just 10-for-15 at the line. The Cardinals also outpointed the Mounders from beyond the three-point arc making eight compared to Elk Mound’s five.
Besides Brett Lew and Kinblom, Nate Lew notched seven points, Rian Flynn added four, Ryan Bohl had three, Colton Ward sunk a trey and foul shot for four, Cade Hanson also contributed four points and and Jake Mentzel had a three.
After several postponements with some more possible this week, Elk Mound will be busy the final two weeks of the regular season. The Mounders have six games, four of which are on the road, over the next 13 days.
With its previous two dates postponed, Elk Mound is hoping the third time was the charm when they hosted rival Colfax this past Monday, February 11. That was followed the next evening, Tuesday, with a contest in Glenwood City. The Mounders will face Mondovi this Friday, February 15 in Mondovi and will turned around and host Mondovi next Monday, February 18 in the team’s final home game of the regular season. The second game against Mondovi is a rescheduled game from January 15.
ELK MOUND 59, SPRING VALLEY 66
Elk Mound….….….….…….18 41 – 59
Spring Valley………………22 44 – 66
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound — R. Bohl 1-0-0-3, R. Flynn 1-1-3-4, N. Lew 3-1-4-7, C. Ward 1-1-1-4, C. Hanson 2-0-4-4, B. Lew 6-5-3-18, J. Mentzel 1-0-3-3, M. Kinblom 7-2-0-16.
Spring Valley — T. Stangl 5-2-0-17, M. Bauer 1-4-2-6, A. Borgerding 4-0-5-9, L. McMarrin 4-2-4-10, D. Bosshart 5-12-4-24.
EM — R. Bohl 1, R. Flynn 1, C. Ward 1, B. Lew 1, J. Mentzel 1; SV — T. Stangl 5, A. Borgerding 1, D. Bosshart 2.