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Elmwood girls hoops evens up series with Plum City

Becky Hartung (4) and McKayla Brunner to match their speed with Shelby Kannel on the fast break.3 / 3

ELMWOOD - After losing the first time out to Plum City back in mid-December, the Elmwood High School girls basketball evened the season series with PC by winning 40-35 Thursday.

The Raiders didn't score a point until the 2:17 mark of the first quarter as Plum City's defense was though throughout the ballgame. But foul trouble on several PC starters plus turnovers off Elmwood's press allowed the Raiders to take an 18-11 halftime lead and nine-point leads twice in the second half. The Blue Devils rallied each time to get back in the game but a 3-for-10 showing at the free-throw line halted their efforts.

EHS had more balanced scoring, with six player making at least a basket compared to Plum City's four and they made four three-pointers to PC's two. Christina McKune had a pair of treys and finished with a game-high 14 points and teammate Ally Pax scored 11 points and McKayla Brunner had seven points. Marah Boyer scored 13 points for Plum City and teammate Tiffany Clare wound up with 11 points and Heather Von Holtum scored seven points.

Elmwood improves to 11-6 overall and 6-5 in the Dunn-St. Croix, the school's best marks in girls' basketball since 2006. Plum City drops to 4-7 in the conference and 4-8 overall with their losing streak extended to three games.

The contest was the first for Plum City head coach John Pollock at the Elmwood gymnasium since he had switched from coaching at EHS the past two seasons to Plum City.