The Menomonie girls basketball team wrapped up 2017 games on a high note, defeating both Medford and Ashland during the two-day Candy Cane Classic tournament held Thursday and Friday at Menomonie High School.
Menomonie (8-4, 3-2) dominated both their tournament games, first defeating Medford 69-36 on Thursday before taking a 58-31 win over Ashland on Friday. The two victories wrapped up a three-game win streak to close out 2017 games and head into 2018 with confidence.
Against Medford (5-4), the Mustangs ramped up to an 11-0 lead just minutes into the game and never looked back. They trampled their way through the Raider defense for 17 field goals in the first half alone while holding Medford to just 18 points.
By the end of the game, Menomonie’s Kylie Mogen had racked up 20 points, driving for seven field goals, sinking one 3-pointer and going 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Tyra Boettcher followed with 15 points, including four 2-pointers and two threes.
Sarah Stainer and Lindsey Johnson joined Mogen and Boettcher in double-digit territory, collecting 12 points apiece. Both scored four 2-pointers, one 3-pointer and one freebie.
During Friday’s game against Ashland (1-10), Menomonie came out in a similar fashion to lead 30-5 at halftime. Though scoring was much more even in the second half, the Mustang’s first half lead was more than enough to emerge with the win.
Eleven Mustangs contributed to the board with Mogen and Boettcher leading at 19 and 13 points, respectively. Maddie Mcleod ended with seven points, Johnson had six and Olivia Steinmetz, Emily Schwartz, Elle Hemauer, Lexi Hastings, Madison Davis and Stainer all added two points each to round out a balanced offensive effort.
Menomonie started off 2018 with a nonconference game against New Richmond (2-7) at home and stay in Menomonie to host Holmen (7-2) Friday.
Colfax comes out on top at Dodgeland tourney
The Vikings (6-3, 3-1) traveled to Dodgeland High School last week, where they took out both their opponents during the two-day Dodgeland Classic tournament.
Colfax first defeated Oakfield (4-6) 59-38 on Wednesday before wrapping up the tournament with a dominating 50-16 triumph over Dodgeland (1-9) Thursday.
“We had a good time, all the people there were great and made us feel welcome,” coach Joe Doucette said. “We wanted to work hard and impress people with our teamwork and I think we did that.”
Against Oakfield, the Vikings allowed just two field goals in the first half but became a bit too relaxed in the second where the Oaks scored 34 points. Though Oakfield’s Brianna Sabel held the game high of 22 points, Colfax put on a much more balanced offensive performance.
Morgan Schleusner led the Vikings in scoring with 14 points. Kameri Meredith followed with 10, Emma Hurlburt finished with eight, Jayna Bowe had seven and Marissa Harmon ended the day with six points.
Against Dodgeland, Meredith played a solid game to lead the Vikings with 17 points. She was accompanied in double-figure numbers by Hurlburt, who finished with 11 points. Rachel Scharlau added eight points to the board while Alyssa Dachel chipped in four.
“We are very excited to see if we can get better here after the holidays,” Doucette added. “We really want to stay in the race for the conference title but realize we have to play much more composed than we have so far.”
Colfax returned in the new year with a nonconference matchup against Bloomer (6-2) at home on Tuesday and resume conference play Thursday as they host Glenwood City (3-7, 2-2).
Elk Mound 44, Arcadia 33
The Mounders (7-2, 2-1) wrapped up their final game of 2017 with a fifth consecutive win a row, defeating Arcadia (7-3) Thursday in a nonconference contest at Elk Mound High School.
Coach Jordan Kongshaug said he was extremely proud of the team, where every player made significant contributions: “Our effort and energy was outstanding. It was a great holiday win on the road.”
Madysen Borofka, Hannah Cedarblade and Allie Weber had early success shooting from the outside for a combined five 3-pointers. Cedarblade’s two outside baskets in the first half were followed by a field goal and five freebies in the second half, tallying 12 points to lead the Elk Mound offense.
Hailey Blaskowski and Morgan Radtke each added eight points.
Elk Mound kicked off the new year to host Altoona (2-5) and return to conference action Thursday at home against Plum City/Elmwood (3-5, 1-3).
Menomonie drops two at Tomah Classic
It was another rough two games for the Mustangs (0-10, 0-4), as they fell by just two points to Tomah on Thursday, followed by a 16-point loss to D.C. Everest Friday during the Tomah Classic tournament at Tomah High School.
Menomonie had a 29-16 advantage over Tomah (5-2) on Thursday, but the Timberwolves had more gas in the tank for the second half and rallied to a 45-43 triumph.
Jake Ebert and Brendan Johnston shared a team high of nine points while Dylan Boecker and am Zbornik collected seven points apiece. They were unable to stop Tomah’s Peter Brey, who scored a game high 20 points.
Menomonie followed the narrow loss with a 62-46 defeat to D.C. Everest (5-2).
The Mustangs return to action Friday with a conference matchup against the Raiders (4-6, 1-2) at Hudson High School.
Boyceville 48, Northwood 40
The Bulldogs (3-5, 0-3) hit the road Thursday where they emerged victorious over the Evergreens (3-6) during a holiday tournament at Clayton High School.
Bryce Boda and Luke Knudtson stepped up once again for the Bulldogs, scoring 20 and 17 points, respectively. Logan Knudtson ended the night with six points while Bryce Larson chipped in three and Jaden Reismer two.
“We played good defense but we’re a little stagnant on offense,” coach Ben Luer remarked. “We didn’t shoot well, but are happy that we can get a win on a short week after Christmas.”
Boyceville returns to action Friday to host a conference game against Mondovi (5-3, 1-2).
Menomonie falls twice during holiday tourney
The Mustangs are still looking for their first win since Dec. 2, as they fell short in both holiday tournament games against Cedarburg and Ashwaubenon Thursday and Friday at the Dunn County Ice Arena.
Gameplay opened up Thursday, as the Mustangs took on the Bulldogs where they fell 6-5 in overtime. Down 2-0 in the first period, Ryan Sisko cut their lead down to one with a shorthanded goal to close out the period.
The Mustangs used that momentum to go up 4-2 in the second period with goals from Konner Rowan, Carter Davidson and Cole Mensing. The Bulldogs came back to score the final goal of the period to make it a one-goal game.
After the Bulldogs knotted the score at 4-4, Mensing scored an all-alone even strength goal to go up 5-4. But a late Bulldog goal forced the game into overtime, where they secured the victory.
The Bulldogs outshot the Mustangs 45-30. Jacob Brown tended goal for Menomonie where he came up with 39 saves.
On Friday, the Mustangs wrapped up tournament play with a 4-2 loss to the Jaguars. Ashwaubenon took a 3-0 lead before Kaleb Miller put Menomonie on the board in the second period. Mensing scored the final goal of the game on a power play with assists from Davidson and Rowan.
The Mustangs outshot the Jaguars 28-24. Jackson Skutt had 20 saves in goal.
Menomonie returned to the ice Tuesday against Eau Claire Memorial at Hobbs Ice Center and host Rice Lake Thursday.