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By Amber Hayden
It was another productive week for the Lady Mounders’ basketball squad as it moved into sole possession of second place in the Dunn-St. Croix with wins over Mondovi and Durand last week.
In the first road trip of the week, Elk Mound was able to outscore the dangerous Buffaloes of Mondovi by nine points to claim a 42-33 victory last Tuesday, February 11. The Mounders were ten-for-thirteen at the foul line, which helped them down the stretch in the second half.
It was another close call for Elk Mound when it traveled to Durand last Friday evening, February 14. The Lady Mounders won the battle of second-place teams with a tight one-point win, 45-44, over the Panthers. The win gave Elk Mound. 10-3, a one-game lead over Durand, 9-4, for second place in the Dunn-St. Croix with one game left in the conference season.
Elk Mound, 15-5 overall, was in Eau Claire on Monday evening to take on the Regis Ramblers of the Cloverbelt, and will wrap up the regular and conference seasons this Thursday, February 20, against the Bulldogs in Boyceville.
The Mounders earned a first-round bye in the WIAA Division 3 girls basketball tournament which gets underway next Tuesday, February 25 with regional quarterfinals. Elk Mound was seeded #4 and will host the fifth-seeded Adams-Friendship team in the Friday, February 28 semifinal contest. The winner will advance to the regional championship on Saturday, February 29, site to be determined.
In a low scoring affair, the Mounder ladies were able to take a 42-33 win over Dunn-St. Croix opponent Mondovi on Tuesday, February 11.
“It was a hard-fought victory,” said head coach Jordan Kongshaug. “We got great efforts from multiple girls.”
Senior Taya Schaefer led the scorers with a total of 14 points stemming from four doubles and a pair of threes.
Tori Blaskowski has been a strong freshman starter for Elk Mound as she added another 10 points to her first season total in the game with Mondovi. Blaskowski had two doubles, a trey, and was three-for-four from the line.
Going into halftime, the Mounders found themselves with a thin four-point lead over the Buffaloes, but took advantage in the second half to widen the gap to nine.
Hailey Blaskowski and Stella Rhude managed four points a piece for Elk Mound. Blaskowski was four-for-four from the charity stripe, and Rhude hit two shots from inside the pain.
Having a quiet evening for Elk Mound was senior Sophie Cedarblade, as she put up a double, triple, and was two-for-two from the foul line for a total of seven points.
Also scoring for the Mounders was Olivia Schreiber with a double and the bonus shot in the first half of Tuesday’s contest.
Elk Mound (42)
FG-FT-F-TP: T. Blaskowski 3-3-3-10, H. Blaskowski 0-4-2-4, O. Schreiber 1-1-1-3, S. Rhude 2-0-2-4, S. Cedarblade 2-2-4-7, T. Schaefer 6-0-1-14. Totals 14-10-12-42.
FG-FT-F-TP: M. Clark 5-1-5-14, K. Thompson 1-2-0-4, E. Poeschel 4-0-2-10, K. Berg 1-0-2-2, A. Fedie 1-1-2-3. Total 12-4-14-33.
Elk Mound 19 23 – 42
Mondovi 15 18 – 33
3-point goals: Elk Mound: T. Blaskowski (2), S. Cedarblade, T. Schaefer (2); Mondovi: M. Clark (3), E. Poeschel (2).
The Lady Mounders kept things interesting Friday evening, February 14, as they stared down their opponent and walked out with a 45-44 victory over the Durand Panthers.
“It was an exciting high school basketball game,” said coach Kongshaug. “Our girls found a way to get it done down the stretch. I am proud of their efforts.”
Taya Schaefer improved her scoring ability over Durand as she led Elk Mound with 19 points overall. Schaefer had eight doubles and a lone triple.
Coming in off the bench for the Mounders was freshman Stella Rhude. She scored a career high 13 points against the Panthers. Rhude had six doubles and was one-for-three from the line.
Going into the locker rooms the Mounders and Panthers were knotted at 25, but the one-point difference in the second half gave Elk Mound the upper hand and sole possession of second place in the Dunn-St. Croix.
Sophie Cedarblade and Hailey Blaskowski scored 11 points between the pair. Cedarblade had a pair inside the paint and a triple, while Blaskowski hit a shot beyond the arc and was one-for-four at the charity stripe.
Also scoring for Elk Mound was Brooke Emery with a basket from inside the paint.
Elk Mound (45)
FG-FT-F-TP: B. Emery 1-0-0-2, H. Blaskowski 1-1-1-4, S. Rhude 6-1-3-13, S. Cedarblade 3-0-2-7, T. Schaefer 9-0-3-19. Totals 20-2-13-45.
FG-FT-F-TP: M. Sand 1-0-5-2, M. Kilboten 2-0-2-4, P. Auth 1-0-1-3, A. Weiss 1-0-1-3, L. Sabelko 4-0-3-9, J. Carothers 1-0-1-3, M. Hurlburt 6-8-1-20. Total 16-8-14-44.
Elk Mound 25 20 – 45
Durand 25 19 – 44
3-point goals: Elk Mound: H. Blaskowski, S. Cedarblade, T. Schaefer; Durand: P. Auth, A. Weiss, L. Sabelko, J. Carothers.