Using a tenacious full court press for most of the game, the Elk Mound girls basketball team offset a dismal night of shooting by forcing Colfax into several turnovers to take a 48-36 Dunn-St. Croix (DSC) Conference victory at Colfax High School.
The Vikings (3-3, 2-1) struggled to get the ball down court in the first half, allowing the Mounders (5-2, 2-1) to jump ahead 12-5 with help by a trio of three point shots, one each by Madysen Borofka, Ashley Gunderson-Morris And Allie Weber.
The Vikings closed the gap on a 2-pointer by Kamari Meredith and a triple courtesy of Savannah Henricks. But Elk Mound went on a scoring run, pulling ahead 25-15 as Weber knocked down two more treys and Morgan Radtke worked her magic from under the hoop. When the Vikings managed to get a shot off, they couldn’t find the basket resulting in the Mounders grasping a 10-point lead into the halftime break.
Weber started the second half off with a bang, canning another three pointer and with another Radtke put back, Elk Mound extended their lead to 32-18.
Colfax finally got their game together however and with seven points from Meredith, the Vikings cut the Mounder lead to five points at 39-34. But the Vikings committed their tenth team foul with just over three minutes left in the game , sending Elk Mound to the foul line where they finished off the game with free throws by Gunderson-Morris, Radtke, Borofka And Hailey Blaskowski.
“It was a very good win for us,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “I thought we did a good job on the defensive end of the floor. Our kids played with great effort and energy and we hope to build on this win as we move forward.”
Weber collected 14 points for the Mounders to lead game scoring on the night. She connected on three 3-pointers in the first half, one in the second and went 2-for-4 at the free throw line.
Radtke and Gunderson-Morris finished up with nine points each, Radtke adding four 2-pointers and rounding out with one freebie while Gunderson-Morris found one basket from the inside, one from the outside and went 4-for-5 on charity shots.
Colfax head coach Joe Doucette said the pressure Elk Mound put on them in the first half got the better of them and they were unable to make up the difference in the second half.
“We looked tentative and did not come out hard at all,” he wrote. “Our defense was not the problem tonight, it was too many turnovers, missed shots and missed opportunities.”
Scoring for the Vikings wrapped up with Henricks and Meredith leading at 10 points apiece. Henricks hit one 3-pointer, one 2-pointer and finished the rest from the free throw line. Meredith connected on four inside baskets and finished the game at the line where she went 2-for-3.
Both Elk Mound and Colfax return to action Thursday, as the Mounders head to Somerset (2-5) for a nonconference contest while the Vikings look to pick up a second conference win against the Wolves (2-4, 1-2) at Plum City High School.