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By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound girls’ basketball squad started the new year and week off on the right foot as the girls took a non-conference win over St. Croix Central January 7 in the first of four straight home games. But just two days later, as conference play resumed, the Buffaloes of Mondovi rumbled into Elk Mound and left with a four-point win over the Lady Mounders.
In the first of last week’s two home contest, Elk Mound was able to shut down St. Croix Central and take the win 51-40 in the Tuesday, January 7 game that ushered in the new year schedule for the Mounders. Freshman Tori Blaskowski stepped up in a big way for the Mounders as she scored 16 points to lead in the victory over the Panthers.
But the Mounders were unable to secure a second victory in the week and fifth straight when the Buffaloes won a low-scoring affair, 32-36, in a Thursday, January 9 conference tilt. Going into halftime, Elk Mound led 17-13 but was outscored 23-15 in the second half by Mondovi and suffered just its second loss of the season, both in the Dunn-St. Croix.
Elk Mound is currently tied for third place in the conference with Mondovi and Elmwood/Plum City, all with 3-2 marks. Overall, the Mounders are 6-2.
Elk Mound hosted Durand last night, Tuesday, January 14 and will welcome Boyceville on Friday, January 17 to wrap up the four-game homestand. The Mounders will then make the short trip to Bloomer on Monday evening, January 20, to take on the Blackhawks.
St. Croix Central
In the first home game of the week, the Elk Mound ladies were able to outscore St. Croix Central in both halves of the game.
“We had to grind it out a little bit last night,” said head coach Jordan Kongshaug. “We struggled to score early in the game, but we got in a better rhythm as the game went on.”
Elk Mound held a 21-14 halftime advantage and went on to outscore the Panthers 30-26 in the second half to take a 51-40 win.
Freshman Tori Blaskowski was the leading scorer for the Mounders with 16 points off of a double, three triples and she was five-for-six at the free throw line.
Morgan Siler was a thorn in the side of Elk Mound as she scored 21 points for St. Croix Central, most of which came from outside the arc as she sank four three-point shots.
Scoring nine points a piece for Elk Mound was Taya Schaefer and Olivia Schreiber.
Schaefer had three doubles and a trey and Schreiber was three-for-four at the charity stripe and had three doubles.
Senior Hailey Blaskowski, who is ranked first in assists in the Dunn-St. Croix with 4.5 per game, had eight points for Elk Mound off of a lone trey, and was five-for-seven at the line.
Also scoring for Elk Mound was Isabella Hollister with a pair of field goals and was two-for-two at the line, and Brooke Emery had a triple for three points.
Elk Mound (51)
FG-FT-F-TP: B. Emery 1-0-1-3, I. Hollister 2-2-2-6, T. Blaskowski 4-5-2-16, H. Blaskowski 1-5-4-8, O. Schreiber 3-3-3-9, T. Schaefer 4-0-3-9. Totals 15-15-15-51.
St. Croix Central (40)
FG-FT-F-TP: D. Lloyd 1-0-5-3, K. Juen 3-1-2-7, M. Siler 8-1-1-21, K. Gostovich 0-1-3-1, S. Burgess 4-0-1-8. Total 16-3-20-40.
Elk Mound………………………21 30 – 51
St. Croix Central………………..14 26 – 40
3-point goals: Elk Mound: T. Blaskowski (3), H. Blaskowski, T. Schaefer; St. Croix Central: D. Lloyd, M. Siler (4), S. Burgess (3).
The Mounders welcomed the Mondovi Buffaloes to the hardwood on Thursday, January 9, and suffered a four-point loss, 32-36, moving them to 3-2 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
“I was proud of our defensive effort,” said coach Kongshaug. “We keep working to get better offensively.”
Elk Mound was led by senior Hailey Blaskowski who posted 12 points on the evening, she had a pair of threes, a double, and was four-for-four from the foul line.
Taya Schaefer has also started stepping up for the Mounders as she had 10 points against the Buffaloes. Schaefer hit three doubles, a lone trey, and was one-for-four from the line.
After missing the game in the beginning of the week, Sophie Cedarblade returned to the court and finished with four points.
Olivia Schreiber tallied five points, and Tori Blaskowski had a single free throw for the Mounders.
Elk Mound (32)
FG-FT-F-TP: T. Blaskowski 0-1-4-1, H. Blaskowski 3-4-3-12, O. Schreiber 2-1-2-5, S. Cedarblade 2-0-2-4, T. Schaefer 4-1-0-10. Totals 11-7-14-32.
FG-FT-F-TP: M. Clark 3-4-0-10, K. Thompson 2-0-1-5, J. Hulke 0-1-3-1, E. Poeschel 2-0-4-4, A. Johnson 1-1-0-4, K. Berg 2-1-1-5, A. Fedie 3-1-2-7. Total 13-8-11-36.
Elk Mound………………………17 15 – 32
Mondovi…………………………13 23 – 36
3-point goals: Elk Mound: H. Blaskowski (2), T. Schaefer; Mondovi: K. Thompson, A. Johnson.