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Lady Toppers come up empty against Vikings and Bulldogs

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Lady Hilltoppers had a pair of games this past week with a road trip to Colfax last Tuesday night and then a contest at home this past Friday against Boyceville. Despite their efforts, the Toppers lost to the Vikings 66-49 and 45-32 against the Bulldogs.

Road loss in Colfax

The Toppers were off to a slow start in the game against the Vikings with the first half score at 34-16.

The first quarter began with the Vikings up 4-0 until Moriah Kuehndorf drained a three to close the gap. The Vikings slowly pulled away after the score hit 11-8.

They ran the court and drained 11 straight points for a 22-8 lead in the second quarter before Maya Petersen stopped the run with a basket.

The Toppers stepped up their offensive game in the second half and posted 14 points in the third quarter. However, the Vikings continued scoring as well, which resulted in a 51-30 score going into the final quarter.

The final quarter was the best offensive performance by the Toppers with 20 points scored compared to the Vikings’ 15.

“I challenged my players to become more aggressive in the second half and they went to the basket hard and scored some points, made better choices with their passing and their ball handling was better,” said coach Justin Kuehndorf.

The Toppers switched gears to a full court press, which resulted in several steals and led to more scoring opportunities. However, the press also resulted in a great deal of fouls called against the Toppers.

In the fourth quarter alone, the Vikings only scored five points by offensive baskets and the other ten were from foul shots. The Vikings ended the night with 22 free-throws made out of 38 attempts.

“We don’t usually press Colfax because they are good ball handlers, but we came up with some turnovers when we did press the second half.”

For the Toppers, Petersen finished the night with the team high in points with 12 from four doubles and four foul shots.

Following her was Morgan Kadinger with ten, Kuehndorf had nine, Megan Samens and Rachel Klatt each had six and Jen Kopacz, Kayla Bloss and Kristie Knops each had two.

Loss at home

The Toppers were down from the get-go against the Bulldogs last Friday night with a 9-6 first quarter score.

The Toppers’ attempts to put a basket into the hoop from inside were unsuccessful as they posted just six points in the second quarter and again in the third.

With the score at 30-18 going into the fourth quarter, the Toppers played their best game with almost as many points scored in those final eight minutes as were in the whole first three quarters.

The Toppers posted 14 points, including seven from Kuehndorf who had four freethrows and the teams only three point basket.

The Bulldogs also had their most success at the net in the fourth quarter with 15 points scored, including six from freethrows.

The Toppers’ defense allowed the Bulldogs to stand at the free-throw line for 27 attempts, and to their advantage, the Dogs were successful with ten.

As for the Hilltoppers, they finished 75 percent from the line with nine attempts drained out of 12.

Kopacz had the team high in points with eight from three doubles and she was two for two from the freethrow line.

Following was Kuehndorf and Petersen each with seven, Kadinger had six and Klatt had four.

The Toppers will be back on the court for a contest in Elmwood against the Raiders this Thursday night (Dec. 17) at 7:30 p.m.

They will play in their annual Holiday Classic on December 27 and 28 and then will resume play after winter break on January 2 with a game in Prairie Farm.