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By Amber Hayden
MONDOVI — The Lady Mounders traveled to Mondovi last Friday evening, February 8, and suffered a tough 60-54 loss to the Buffaloes as foul trouble hurt Elk Mound.
In its previous meeting against Mondovi back on January 8, Elk Mound enjoyed a 33-point victory.
“We battled some bad foul trouble,” explained Mounders coach Jordan Kongshaug. “An injury to Brook Plaszcz in the first minutes of the game, and we didn’t play very well.”
Before exiting the game via an injury, Brook Plaszcz had scored just two points against the Buffaloes. Kongshaug along with the rest of the Mounders coaching staff and team are hoping Brook will be okay.
Morgan Radtke, who enjoyed her seventh consecutive game scoring in double digits, tallied 18 points to led Elk Mound. Sydney Simpson, Hailey Blaskowski and Sophie Cedarblade each contributing eight points against Mondovi. Kayla Bridges finished with seven points and Victoria Fasbender contributed three points.
The Mounders went into halftime up by six but couldn’t keep their defense and offense going as they were outscored in the second half by a dozen points.
At the time of publication, the coaching staff had only sent comments but no other statistical information from the game.
The WIAA released the WIAA 2019 Girls Basketball Tournament brackets Sunday afternoon. Back up in the Division 3 field for this year’s girls’ basketball tournament, Elk Mound, seeded fifth, will host Viroqua, seeded twelfth, in the regional quarterfinals next Tuesday, February 19. If the Mounders win they would travel to fourth-seeded Westby for a semifinal contest on Friday, February 22 with the regional finals the following day.
The Elk Mound ladies were set to travel to Glenwood City last week, but with two winter storms that rolled in, the game was rescheduled twice and was played this past Monday, February 11, in Glenwood City.
The February 11 game against Glenwood City took the place of the non-conference game against Amery. Elk Mound, currently 7-4 and in third place in the Dunn-St. Croix and 12-6 overall, will host a pair of conference games to close out the regular season. The Mounders faced Elmwood/Plum City last Tuesday evening, and will finish with the Durand Panthers this Thursday, February 14.
ELK MOUND 54, MONDOVI 60
Elk Mound….….….….……………..29 25 – 54
Mondovi…………….….……………23 37 – 60
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound — B. Plaszcz 2, S. Simpson 8, H. Blaskowski 8, V. Fasbender 3, S. Cedarblade 8, M. Radtke 18, K. Bridges 7.
Mondovi — E. Poeschel 14, M. Rud 5, R. Evans 9, K. Berg 1, A. Fedie 13, J. Hulke 10, M. Clark 8.