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2017-18 Elmwood-Murdock girls basketball team photo
Photo by Brent Hardin / The Journal

MURDOCK – The Elmwood-Murdock girls basketball team finished the 2017-18 season 13-9. Morgan Mills, Sydney Anderson, Steph Wenzel, Katrina Hansen, Sydney Kunz, Kylee Synovec, Paige Mortimer, Katelyn Vogler, Lauren Justesen, Jayden Halferty, Alyssa Closner, Abby Peterson, Nicole Wenzel and Danielle Neels all appeared in varsity games this year.


Elmwood-Murdock scored 960 points this season and averaged 43.6 points per game. The team scored 241 points in the first quarter of games. E-M posted 258 points in the second quarter, 245 in the third period and 213 in the fourth quarter.

The Knights went 354-of-1,027 from the field (34.5 percent) and 79-of-282 from 3-point distance (28.0 percent). Elmwood-Murdock finished 173-of-301 from the free-throw line (57.5 percent).

Neels led the squad with 323 points. She averaged 14.7 points per game and went 134-of-295 from the field (45.4 percent). She added a team-best 55 free throws.

Steph Wenzel was second on the squad with 175 points. She went 60-of-159 from the field (37.7 percent) and 28-of-43 from the free-throw line. Wenzel led the Knights with 27 made 3-pointers (27-of-84).

Justesen was the third Knight to reach triple digits in points with 154. She finished 51-of-168 from the field (30.4 percent) and 45-of-64 at the foul line (70.3 percent). Justesen ended the year with seven 3-pointers.

Sydney Anderson (79 points) and Sydney Kunz (76) both finished in the top five in scoring for E-M. Both Knights helped the team from 3-point distance. Anderson went 16-of-46 from behind the arc and Kunz finished 22-of-68.

Mortimer (62), Halferty (28), Synovec (21), Closner (17), Vogler (11), Nicole Wenzel (11), Hansen (2) and Mills (1) all added points for the Knights during the campaign.

Elmwood-Murdock ended the season with 206 assists. Kunz (54), Neels (40) and Justesen (36) collected the top three totals for the team. Steph Wenzel (28), Anderson (14), Mortimer (14), Vogler (5), Mills (3), Synovec (3), Nicole Wenzel (3), Closner (3), Halferty (2) and Hansen (1) all added assists for the Knights.


Opponents scored 840 points and averaged 38.2 points per game. Opponents tallied 186 points in the first quarter of games. They scored 217 points in the second quarter, 198 in the third quarter and 239 in the fourth period.

Elmwood-Murdock limited opponents to 31-percent shooting from the floor (273-of-879). Opponents went 91-of-327 from 3-point range and 203-of-355 from the free-throw line.

Elmwood-Murdock collected 60 blocks during the year. Neels ended the winter with 53 blocks. Steph Wenzel (3), Justesen (2), Mortimer (1) and Nicole Wenzel (1) added blocks.

E-M ended the campaign with 133 steals. Neels (39), Kunz (20), Steph Wenzel (17), Justesen (16), Mortimer (15), Anderson (12), Halferty (5), Synovec (3), Vogler (3), Closner (2) and Mills (1) all registered steals for the squad.


Elmwood-Murdock hauled in 608 rebounds during the year and averaged 27.6 per game. The Knights gathered 204 offensive rebounds and 404 defensive boards. The team outrebounded its opponents 608-440 this season.

Neels finished the winter with a team-best 205 rebounds (63 offensive, 142 defensive). She averaged 9.3 rebounds per game. Justesen collected 137 boards (60 offensive, 77 defensive) and Steph Wenzel had 62 rebounds (11 offensive, 51 defensive).

Mortimer (51), Kunz (34), Synovec (33), Anderson (33), Vogler (15), Halferty (11), Closner (9), Nicole Wenzel (7), Mills (2) and Peterson (1) chipped in rebounds for E-M during the year.


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