ELK MOUND, WI – It was a tough week for the Spring Valley girls’ basketball team as they dropped a pair of conference games last week.

Mondovi 53, Spring Valley 39
This was a frustrating game for the Cardinals as Mondovi is a beatable team for Valley, but a failure to take care of the ball doesn’t help the cause.

The two teams had a real shoot-out in the first half of the game, combining for 13 3-pointers alone. Mondovi used a buzzer beater to take a 29-28 halftime lead into the locker room.

But the second half was something else altogether. Valley struggled to make any shots at all, hitting just three field goals in the second half as Mondovi outscored the Cardinals 24-11 for the easy win.

Valley hurt themselves with 32 turnovers in the game, compared to 18 turnovers for Mondovi.

The Cardinals had some balanced scoring as junior Lexi Johansen, senior Erin Stans and sophomore Maddie Olson each had nine points in the game. As a team the Cardinals shot 33% from the field, 14-of-43, but just 36% from the free throw line (5-of-14).

Mondovi connected on just 25% of their shots (14-of-55).

Elk Mound 70, Spring Valley 39
The Mounders wasted little time establishing their dominance over the Cardinals, forcing Valley into poor shooting opportunities and running the floor with ease to a 33-8 halftime lead.

The Cardinals had a better second half, but just couldn’t put a dent in the Mounders lead.

Elk Mound senior Morgan Radtke led all scorers with 23 points in the game.

The pair of losses drop the Cardinals to 2-12 on the season, 2-8 in conference play. Valley lost another date with weather related cancellations this past Monday; they are scheduled to host Durand tonight and will travel to Turtle Lake on Saturday and Plum City on Tuesday for a rematch with E-PC.