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Toppers deliver huge blow to Elmwood Raiders

By Kelsie Hoitomt

ELMWOOD – The Glenwood City boys’ basketball team won its first Dunn-St. Croix Conference game of the season last Friday night while in Elmwood. The Toppers crushed the currently winless Raiders in a 72-43 final.

The Toppers had two quarters with over 20 points scored in their reign over the Raiders, which hasn’t been seen much in the 2013-14 season.

They started the game off with 13 points scored, which gave them only a three point lead over the Raiders as the score was 13-10 after the first quarter.

The Toppers’ offense ignited in the second quarter and they posted 22 points, including 11 from Marcus Kadinger who had four doubles and a triple.

Jake Hierlmeier, who has been out so far this season with a collar bone injury he suffered in football, was back on the court for his first time. He started strong with a double in the first quarter and also added a triple in second.

The 22 points against the Raiders’ eight gave the Toppers a significant lead at the half as the scoreboard read 35-18.

Out of the locker room, the Raiders were aggressive on the offense which led to them playing their best quarter of the game with 17 points scored.

The Toppers’ momentum dipped some as they put up 14 points in the third, including five from Todd Petersen who had two doubles and a triple before fouling out of the game.

With the score at 49-35, the Toppers’ stole the show in the fourth quarter as they played outstanding on offense with 23 points posted.

Aiding in the points was Hierlmeier, Kip Wallace and Richard Ross who each had three-point baskets​. The team was also four for eight at the foul line.

The Raiders ended the game with eight points scored from one triple, two doubles and a free throw.

“They played well and did a lot of nice things both offensively and defensively,” said coach Tristan Kittilson. “We still have a lot of areas of improvement, but with each game we are getting closer to the team we want to be.”

On offense, it was Kadinger who had the game high in points scored with 17 from seven doubles and one triple.

Following him was Petersen with 14 from five doubles, one triple and one free throw. Then it was Nick Mrdutt with 13 points from five doubles and three free-throws.

Behind him was Hierlmeier with 12 from four freethrows, two triples and one double. Ross had nine from one triple and three doubles. Joel Ormson had four from one double and two freethrows and Wallace finished with the one trey.

The boys will be back in action this Thursday (Jan. 16) with a home game against St. Croix Central at 7:30 p.m. They will then play a Saturday (Jan. 18) afternoon game at 2:30 p.m. in Spring Valley against the Cardinals.