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Spring Valley boys hoops given rude awakening by Elk Mound

Spring Valley's James Hannack guards Elk Mound's Adam Gottschalk.1 / 2
Spring Valley's Joe Helmer puts up a shot.2 / 2

ELK MOUND - It's natural human instinct to shrug off a bad loss in an athletic contest like one shrugs off a bad day.

And no doubt Spring Valley High School's boys' basketball team would rather quickly forget their 52-18 loss to No. 7 ranked Elk Mound Monday evening, which snapped its six-game winning streak.

But head coach Rob Bosshart prefers the team doesn't put the loss out of mind so soon before the Cardinals play their next game Saturday afternoon at home vs. Glenwood City.

"It's a wake up call for us. Elk Mound exposed a lot of things that we need to work on to get better at," Bosshart said. 

It may well be the Mounders, 10-1 overall and 7-0 in conference, are simply at a level above the rest of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Their senior dominated line-up is tall, long, athletic and on top of of all that good shooters and defenders as well. Spring Valley came into the game 7-1 overall but might as well have been 1-7 considering they remained stuck on two points from start of the first quarter (the game was actually tied at 2-2) until the 1:15 mark of the third quarter. Valley scored 14 points in the fourth quarter against EM's reserves.

Elk Mound 1-3-1 defense prevented Spring Valley from driving to the basket, getting inside or getting shooting opportunities. And even when the Cardinals could get those opportunities, they couldn't convert.

"Part of what makes a good defense is not only how you play straight up but how you can affect a team's shooting even when they're not being guarded," Bosshart said. "We had open shots to take but we never squared up and got out feet set when we took them because we were rushing to get them off before they recovered on defense."

The end result was a frustrating night for the Redbirds, trailing by a 50-4 margin at the end of the third quarter. 

Bosshart also said last week's cancelled game against Prescott hurt because it did not give SV time to prepare against an opponent of similar athletic quality and make-up to Elk Mound. The Mounders beat Prescott earlier this season 50-47. EM's only loss was to Freedom in a Holiday tournament in Green Bay 63-55.

Zac Webster led SV in scoring with seven points while Jake Helmer had four points. The Mounders' big 6-7 center Dexter Curry finished with 16 points while Hunter Kohls had 10 points and Zac Doll eight points.