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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — An 18-1 scoring run to end the first half and another 18-2 splurge to open the second half help the Elk Mound ladies easily subdue the Glenwood City Hilltoppers on their own court to take a 67-47 win in the Thursday, December 19 Dunn-St. Croix girls’ basketball clash.
“I thought we did a good job on the offensive end moving the basketball well to get good shots,” said head coach Jordan Kongshaug.
And the Mounders’ full-court pressure also yielded dividends as it eventually wore out the Lady Hilltoppers resulting in a feast of turnovers and scoring opportunities for Elk Mound.
Elk Mound found themselves down 23-18 as the first half was winding down. But with five minutes to go, the Mounders embarked on that 18-1 scoring run and ended the first half with a 36-24 advantage.
And Elk Mound never looked back!
Hailey Blaskowski led Elk Mound with 15 points total, she had three doubles, a triple, and was two-of-two at the charity stripe.
Seniors Sophie Cedarblade and Taya Schaefer totaled up 27 points between the pair. Schaefer hit six baskets from inside the paint and was one-of-three at the line for 13 points, while Cedarblade was strong once again from outside the arc for four treys to finish with 14.
Blaskowski and Schaefer were key factors in the opening half, as Blaskowski hit a three and Schaefer knocked down two points to tie the game at 23.
“We didn’t play our best defensively, but we hit enough shots to get the road win,” Kongshaug stated.
Tori Blaskowski, who has been a dominate starter for Elk Mound in her freshmen year, wrapped up her night with 11 points. Blaskowski had three doubles, a triple, and was two-of-two at the line, her lone trey came with two seconds left on the clock in the first half to give Elk Mound a 12 point lead heading into the locker rooms.
When the Mounders opened the second half with another big run of 18 points to just two for the Hilltoppers, an Elk Mound win was all but inevitable. The Mounders finished with a 31-23 scoring edge in the second half.
Sophomore Olivia Schreiber struggled with foul trouble, ending the evening with four, but was able to put up eight points for the Mounders as she hit the basket from inside.
Maddie Oehlke stepped up to fill the void of injured Delanie Fayerweather and scored 18 points to lead Glenwood City.
Also scoring for Elk Mound was Brooke Emery with a double and trey, and Isabella Hollister was one-of-two from the free throw line.
The Lady Mounders, who improved to 3-1 in conference with the victory and 5-1 overall, will host Altoona next Monday, December 30, and won’t return to the court again until January 7 in another non-conference tilt, this one against St. Croix Central at home.
Elk Mound (67)
FG-FT-F-TP: B. Emery 2-0-1-5, I. Hollister 0-1-1-1, T. Blaskowski 4-2-2-11, H. Blaskowski 4-3-2-15, O. Schreiber 4-0-4-8, S. Cedarblade 5-0-2-14, T. Schaefer 6-0-3-13. Totals 25-6-15-67.
Glenwood City (47)
FG-FT-F-TP: I. Rassbach 2-3-1-7, M. Oehlke 8-2-2-18, B. Ullom 0-2-0-2, K. Thompson 0-2-3-2, Y. Leandro-Mendez 2-0-0-4, M. Schutz 7-0-4-14. Total 19-9-10-47.
Elk Mound………………………..36 31 – 67
Glenwood City.…………………..24 23 – 47
3-point goals: Elk Mound: B. Emery, T. Blaskowski, H. Blaskowski, S. Cedarblade (4).