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Lady Toppers bulldoze Blue Devils for basketball opener

By Kelsie Hoitomt

PLUM CITY – The Glenwood City girls’ basketball team was in Plum City for their first game of the 2013-14 season last Tuesday, November 26 where they beat the Blue Devils 42-34 to win the conference opener.

The Toppers were a bit slow on the court to start in the first quarter of the game with eight points scored on baskets from Rachel Klatt, Moriah Kuehndorf and Jen Kopacz.

The Blue Devils had the upper hand going into the second quarter as they edged just a slim two-point lead of 10-8.

However, the Lady Toppers stepped up their play and were able to knock down 12 points including the game’s first three-pointer from Kopacz, which gave them the lead of 20-18 going into the half.

The Toppers’ play after half-time was their best performance of the night with 14 points in the third quarter. Morgan Kadinger scored over half of the quarter’s points with eight from four baskets.

The defense had lost some momentum in the third however, which allowed the Blue Devils to post 13 points of their own to leave them trailing by just three points with the score at 34-31.

The Toppers did play a smart game in the final quarter, offensively and defensively, which allowed for the win.

They posted eight more points and allowed the Blue Devils to score one, three-point basket in the eight minutes of play, which resulted in the 42-34 final.

“I thought our effort, especially in the final quarter was the difference in the outcome. Plum City is a scrappy team that always plays well at home and it was a good win to start the season with,” said coach Justin Kuehndorf.

It was Kopacz who finished the night with the game high in points as she posted 17 from four doubles, one triple and she was six for six at the foul line.

Also knocking down baskets from the Lady Toppers was Kuehndorf who had five doubles for ten points, Kadinger with the four doubles for eight points, Klatt with two doubles for four points and Maya Petersen with one double and one foul shot for three points.

As a team, the Toppers were nearly perfect from the foul line as they averaged almost 90 percent on their shots after making seven of their eight attempts.

The Toppers were back on the court Tuesday night (December 3) to face off against Cameron for a non-conference game. They are scheduled to play Colfax next Tuesday evening (December 10), in Colfax starting at 7:30 p.m.