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Valley extends win streak to three with wins over EM, Elmwood

Three Elmwood defenders, Ryan Bechel (32), Trenton Kendall (45) and Steve Pax (30) try to stop penetration from Spring Valley's Kyle Bosshart Friday at Spring Valley. Photo by Jon Tanberg

There was no chance for Elmwood to stage a dramatic come-from-behind win against Spring Valley like they did in the season-opener against the Cardinals.

They were simply too far behind to do so.

Spring Valley clobbered the Raiders in the rematch contest Friday 68-43 at Spring Valley.

The win was part of three-game win streak by SV that also included a big win over Elk Mound last week.

Elmwood did get a much needed win last week, topping Boyceville and Plum City also claimed a big win, also over Elk Mound.

Clobbering time

Valley put away the Raiders early, taking a 20-9 lead after the first quarter with an additional 22-10 smacking in the third quarter.

Spring Valley had one of its best shooting nights of the season so far with nine three-pointers. Seven of these were sunk by Dylan Webster, part of a game-high 26 points on his part. Tyler Bosshart made two trifectas and finished with 17 points as did teammate Corey Blaedorn.

Cardinal head coach Rob Bosshart credits good defense which is leading to good offense.

"I think the kids have found, when you play good defense it's so much easier to get into the flow of the ballgame," Bosshart said. "That's led to more movement on offense and better shot opportunities. Plus, this is an unselfish group to begin with so that means they do a good job of spotting the open man for a good shot."

Steve Pax, who single-handedly led the Raiders to their season opening win, still led EHS in scoring with 15 points despite his injured shoulder. Teammate Brett Bock finished with 12 points. Kyle Krause finished with nine points.

Just a few days before the big win over Elmwood, the Cardinals did another clobbering job on Elk Mound 54-33 at home. Spring Valley put the Mounders, 5-5 overall, down 14-2 after the first quarter and outscored them again 22-10 in the third.

Blaedorn led the way with 16 points while Webster was in double figures again with 15 points and Bosshart finished with eight points. Blaedorn also had a team-high nine rebounds while Bosshart finished with four assists. Garrick day had 10 points to lead Elk Mound.

At your expense

Another Pierce County D-SC got a win at Elk Mound's expense last weekend, Plum City.

The Blue Devils snapped a two-game losing streak by beating up on Mounders Friday 66-39 at home.

Logan Radle ripped EM's defense for 24 points while teammate Zach Gilles finished with 18 points and five assists and Mike Kernstock scored eight points and had seven rebounds.

Like Spring Valley, PPC avenged a frustrating, early season loss.

"I just knew it was going to be a different outcome this time," Blue Devil head coach Wayne Radle said. "we were more than ready to play this game."

Day again led Elk Mound in scoring with nine points.

The win took the sting out of 69-61 loss at home to Mondovi which pretty much ended the Devils' chances at a league title. The Devils had to come back from 20-point deficit in the second half and managed to cut the Buffaloes' lead to seven. But an intentional foul and two subsequent free-throws cut them short.

Alex Hartung led PC with 19 points while Radle had a double-double 18 points and 10 assists to go with had five rebounds. Gilles had four blocks. Mondovi, 10-1 overall, had three players in double figures led by Austin Keys' 18 points.

Snap it into shape

Elmwood snapped a seven-game losing streak Tuesday by winning at Boyceville 54-48.

The Raiders survived a bad third quarter, which saw their 26-17 halftime lead overturned to a 34-33 deficit, by outscoring the Bulldogs, 2-9 overall, 21-14.

Ryan Bechel led Elmwood in scoring with 14 points and Krause scored 11 points. Pax finished with nine points and three steals while Krause had five assists and Bechel completed a double-double with 13 rebounds.

Brian Nusbergher had 12 points to lead Boyceville.