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Double header against Prairie Farm not in boys favor; Lady Toppers win

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – The Glenwood City boys’ and girls’ basketball teams each played against the Prairie Farm Panthers on Monday night.

Win for the Ladies

The Lady Toppers played the first game of the night and crushed the Panthers in a 60-25 victory.

The team was led by Morgan Kadinger who stepped up at point guard in place of Moriah Kuehndorf who sat out due to a toe injury.

The Toppers were a little rough to start the game on passing and rebounding and there were several fouls, but the team still managed to score 16 points in the first quarter and 13 points in the second to put the score at 29-13 going into the half.

Jennifer Kopacz was the force under the net in the first half of the game as she pushed the ball through and scored ten points. Kelsie Knops worked the outside the net and around the arc for two three point shots and two deuces.

The Toppers had their best game in the third quarter with 18 points scored from a total team effort, which put the score at 47-20 going into the fourth.

The final quarter was dominated by Janessa Ullom who was played sparingly due to having four fouls by the half. Ullom was able to get under the net and score eight points without fouling out of the game.

Ullom and Kopacz were the point leaders for the Toppers with 14 points each. Ullom had five deuces and was four for four at the free throw line. Kopacz had six deuces and was two for two at the line.

Also scoring for the Lady Toppers were Knops with ten points, Olivia Weidling had six points, Rachel Klatt had five points, Morgan Kadinger and Kristie Knops each had four points and Kayla Hanson had a triple.

Boys lose 77-48

The boys’ game on the other hand was a blowout with the Panthers holding a 20 point lead throughout the majority of the game until the fourth quarter when they broke away into a further lead and won 77-48.

Luck was just not on the Toppers side as it seemed every good shot bounced off the rim or the back board.

The Panthers were unstoppable at rebounding and the game pace was so high that they were able to grab the ball, sprint down the court and score with ease. They appeared to be a very confident team in their shots and their passing.

The Toppers seemed to be frantic on the court and this resulted in turnovers or poor passes, which led to frustration.

Marcus Kadinger held the team together as he seemed to be the only one who had luck on his side as he scored 14 points from under the net and one three point shot at the end of the game.

Otherwise leading in points were Richard Ross with nine, Nick Mrdutt with seven, Matt Schouten with five, Tyler Nueske and Todd Petersen with four and Jake Hierlmeier had two.

The Panthers’ leading shooter, Kade Antczak, had 29 points, nine of which were three point shots. As a team, the Panthers had seven triples compared to the Toppers who managed three.

It was a definite wake up call for Hilltoppers as the season gets deeper into play with regionals just over a month away.

The boys’ team will host the Elmwood Raiders on Thursday night and then they will travel to Hammond to play the Panthers on Saturday.

The Lady Toppers played the Bulldogs Tuesday night in Boyceville and will be at home Friday night to host the Elmwood Raiders.