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Hilltopper girls earn split; fall to Elk Mound, beat Frederic

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Glenwood City girls’ basketball team had back to back this past week with contests in Elk Mound on Thursday and then at home against Frederic on Friday for a double header with the boys teams.

Crunched by Mounders

The Lady Toppers faced off against the Elk Mound Mounders last Thursday night and were shut down 53-39.

The Mounders were off to a fast start in the first quarter as they scored 16 points, 12 of which were from three point shots. The Toppers were a bit rusty as they managed five points with the help of a triple from Kristie Knops.

The Toppers stepped up their game in the second quarter and scored 12 points, six of which came from triples that Jen Kopacz and Kelsie Knops drained. However, this was not enough to close the gap in the score as the Mounders scored 11 points to put the score at 27-17 going into the half.

The Mounders came out strong again in the third quarter with another 16 points scored. The Toppers were able to put up ten with Morgan Kadinger and Kristie Knops doing the majority of the work under the net.

With the Mounders already ahead 43-27 going into the fourth, the Toppers 12 points wasn’t enough to push them into the lead.

As a team, the Toppers struggled to score at the line as well as they were only successful with two out of their eight attempts.

Kadinger was the force under the net for the Toppers as she led the team in points with 12 from six deuces.

Collecting the rest of the points for the team were Kristie Knops, Kelsie Knops and Kopacz each with seven, Olivia Weidling had four and Janessa Ullom had two.

Win over Vikings

The Toppers played a solid game against the 1-6 Lakeland-West Frederic Vikings last Friday night as they won 69-42.

The girls struggled with some turnovers, but that was a minor issue considering the team posted 14 points in the first quarter, 18 in the second, 20 in the third and an additional 17 points in the fourth.

Half of the team’s points were scored between Kopacz and Kadinger. Kopacz had one of her best games of the season with 21 points scored from seven deuces, one triple and four free throws. Kadinger scored 12 points, eight of which were in the first quarter alone.

The rest of the points were scored on an all around team effort with Megan Samens and Wink each scoring eight, Ullom had seven, Weidling and Kelsie Knops had four, Kristie Knops had three and Kayla Bloss had two.

The Toppers were just over 50 percent from the free throw line as they were successful with 12 out of their 21 attempts. The Vikings were successful with 15 out of their 31 attempts.

The Toppers played Tuesday night in Plum City and will be at home on Monday, February 11 to host the Boyceville Bulldogs.