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The Elk Mound girls’ basketball team opened 2022 by splitting a pair of out-of-league contests against Middle Border Conference teams before stepping back into Dunn-St. Croix play in a big way.
After having its eight-game winning streak snapped in a home loss to Osseo-Fairchild over the holidays, the Lady Mounders were looking to get back on track and they did with a resounding 67-45 win at home over Ellsworth last Monday, January 3. But, just 24 hours later, Elk Mound lost its second contest of the season when it suffered a 48-45 road loss in Somerset.
The remedy for that latest loss proved to be a home contest against conference foe Boyceville. The Mounders easily collared the Bulldogs winning the January 6 D-SC game 65-21 to move to 3-0 in league action. Overall, the Mounders are 10-2.
Elk Mound hosted conference leader and rival Colfax Tuesday night and have Spring Valley coming to town this Friday, January 14.
The Mounders tickled the twine throughout last Monday’s home contest with Ellsworth but particularly in the first half as they hit seven of their ten three-point shots to take a 39-29 halftime lead over the Panthers.
Elk Mound freshman Ellie Schiszik knocked down four of those triples as she scored all 18 of her game-high points in the first half.
Brooke Emery added a pair of treys in that first half and Madisyn Mohr tacked on another from behind the arc to help build the team’s ten-point advantage at the break.
In the second half, Emery, Mohr and Lydia Levra each had a three pointer to compliment Tori Blaskowski who added eight points to the seven she scored in the first 18 minutes to finish with 15 points as Elk Mound once again outscored the visiting Panthers 28-16 in that final half to take the 67-45 win.
“We shot the ball well and moved the ball effectively on offense,” said Elk Mound head coach Jordan Kongshaug. “It was a good bounce-back win.”
Besides Schiszik’s and Blaskowski’s 18- and 15-points performances, the Mounders got nine points from Emery, eight from Stella Rhude, and Levra tallied seven.
Blaskowski topped the rebound charts for Elk Mound collecting five while Allie Roder, Olivia Schreiber and Rhude each corralled four. Rhude and Blaskowski also lead in assists with four and three each, respectively, while Schiszik came up with three steals.
Elk Mound hit 8-of-18 at the free throw line while Ellsworth connected on 5-of-9.
Elk Mound got off to a slow start when it visited Somerset January 4 but were still able to lead at the break.
Brooke Emery, Lydia Levra and Tori Blaskowski each hit a three in the first half and Stella Rhude had three baskets and two charity tosses for eight points as Elk Mound took a slim 23-21 lead into half.
Somerset’s offense, however, was able to take advantage of some Elk Mound turnovers in the second half and outscored the visitors 27-22.
Despite a 15-point, second-half performance by Stella Rhude, the Spartans showed balanced scoring which included a trio of treys en route to the 48-45 win.
“We struggled with shooting and taking care of the ball,” stated Coach Kongshaug.
Rhude finished with a game-high 23 points to lead all scorers and was the only Mounder in double digits. Olivia Schreiber tallied seven, Levra five and Emery four points. Rhude also had eight of the Mounders 22 rebounds. Blaskowski led with seven assists and Levra finished with four steals.
The Mounders easily caged the visiting Bulldogs in a conference contest January 6.
Much like the Ellsworth game, Elk Mound found success behind and in front of the three-point arc as it sank six of its eight three-point shots in the first half building a 38 to 12 lead over Boyceville.
Schiszik accounted for three of those long-rang bombs as she scored all 15 of her points in that decisive first-half to lead the Mounders once again. Emery, Roder and Blaskowski added a three to the team’s tally as well.
Blaskowski had seven in the first half and added another triple and a free throw in the second half to finish with 11 points. Roder made six of her 11 point in the final half and Rhude tallied six in each half to finish with a dozen points as the Mounders outscored the Bulldogs 27-9 in the second half to win 65-21.
Elk Mound out-boarded Boyceville 29 to 18 with Rhude pulling down six, Blaskowski five and Roder four to lead the team. Blaskowski was tops in assists with a half dozen while Schiszik and Schreiber each had three steals.
Both teams did struggle at the foul stripe with Elk Mound making just 3-for-12 and Boyceville was 3-for-9.