Lady Toppers continue winning streak

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – After beating the Bulldogs last Tuesday night, the Glenwood City girls’ basketball team continued their winning streak with a 31-14 victory over the Elmwood Raiders last Friday night.

It was an extremely slow game with the Raiders scoring just two points in the first half, one point in the third quarter and then the final 11 points in the fourth.

The Toppers seemed to play to their competitions level as they scored 11 points in the first quarter, four in the second, 12 in the third and just another four in the fourth.

Credit goes out to the Toppers who rebounded well under both nets, which helped to keep the ball in their own hands. They also played controlled defense until the fourth quarter when they got more aggressive and more fouls were called.

Kelsie Knops fouled out of the game and Morgan Kadinger was close with four fouls, which was a reason why the Raiders had 17 attempts at the free throw line, but only seven were successful.

The Toppers struggled at the free throw line as well with just three of their nine attempts actually making it through. Olivia Weidling drew the most fouls as she had seven free throw attempts.

“I thought we played very well defensively considering it was 27-3 after three quarters. Offensively we talked about being patient and cutting down our turnovers, which we were able to do. We didn’t shoot well against their zone, but we were able to rely on our defense to get the win,” shared coach Justin Kuehndorf.

The leading shooter for the Toppers was Jennifer Kopacz with ten points from two deuces and two triples. Not too far behind was Weidling with nine points, Janessa Ullom had six points and Knops, Kadinger and Rachel Klatt each had two points.

The Toppers have a short break in play with their next game on Thursday at St. Croix Central. They will then play at home on Saturday against Osseo-Fairchild starting at 1:00 p.m.