Toppers get skunked against top two teams in the D-SC

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City boys’ basketball team remained 3-7 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference after an all out battle against Mondovi that ended in the Buffaloes’ favor with a 50-47 final at last Tuesday’s game.

After taking on the number two team in the conference, the Toppers faced off against the number one team and currently undefeated Elk Mound Mounders on Friday night. The Toppers lost 55-28.

Loss to Buffaloes

Despite their losses, the Topper team has certainly stepped up their performance as the season continues to get further in. That was definitely evident after their close game against the Buffaloes, who are currently 9-1 in the D-SC.

The first quarter was a wash between both teams as the score was knotted at 13-13 with the help of Todd Petersen draining three shots off the glass.

Their second quarter performance on offense was poor as they only posted five points against the Buffaloes’ 11, which put the score at 24-18 going into the half.

Mondovi continued to lead the game after the break by five points after they scored nine in the third quarter. The Toppers put up ten points; five of which were from Petersen.

The action really started in the fourth quarter after the Toppers tied the game and took a lead all within roughly three minutes of play.

The Toppers brought the score to within three points after Jake Hierlmeier drained a three from up top, which put the score at 40-37.

Mondovi jumped out ahead by six, but the Toppers quickly answered back with a bucket by Marcus Kadinger to put the score at 43-39 with less than four minutes left.

It was a team effort on the rebound and the tip into the bucket by the Toppers that closed the gap to two points. However, another foul was called yet again that put Mondovi on the line and changed the score to a three-point difference of 44-41 and then to 46-41.

The Toppers answered back once again after the ball hit the “hot hands” of Hierlmeier who drained yet another three to put the score at 46-44. With under 50 seconds left on the clock, Hierlmeier hit a three from the same spot to edge the Toppers within one point; 48-47.

There were 36 seconds left in the game when Mondovi had the ball in their hands and lost it on a bad dribble and it appeared the Toppers had the game in the bag.

Hierlmeier got the ball on the outside and tried his luck at his fourth three of the game, but luck wasn’t on his side at that time so the ball hit the rim and landed back in the hands of the Buffaloes.

With seconds left, Mondovi drew a foul and scored their final points of the game and sealed the win of 50-47.

Mounders Dominate

Too many turnovers by the Toppers against an undefeated D-SC team that has eight seniors and a 6’ 7” center to top it off, was what resulted in the final score of 55-28.

The Mounders have dominated over every team they have faced off against this season with their quick feet, aggressive hands and skilled shooting.

Despite the upset, the Toppers were one of very few teams to score over eight points in the first half against Elk Mound.

It was through the efforts of Ross and Hierlmeier that the Toppers were put on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Ross dropped a double in the hoop and then followed with a three; Hierlmeier had a double as well.

The Toppers followed up with just two points scored in the second quarter after Petersen was sent to the line and drained both freethrows.

Those two quarters totaled to nine points from the Toppers, but the Mounders were ruthless on their side and posted 16 points in the first and 18 in the second to put the half-time score at 34-9.

Out of the locker room, the Toppers were able to score seven additional points in the third quarter with three from Ross and a two each from Hierlmeier and Kadinger.

The Mounders posted 16 of their own points to increase their lead to 50-16.

The Toppers had their best shooting performance in the fourth quarter with 12 points posted including a triple from Wallace and a double from Mrdutt and Hierlmeier.

It was Billy Norenberg that chalked up the Toppers’ most points in the fourth after he was fouled twice and drained four freethrows near the end of the game.

As a team, the Toppers were eight for 12 at the freethrow line. Norenberg was 100 percent with his four shots and Petersen was as well with his two buckets in the second quarter.

Aside from that, Ross led the team in points with eight from his one triple, two doubles and one freethrow.

Hierlmeier followed with six from three doubles. Norenberg had four, Mrdutt and Wallace had three and Kadinger and Petersen had two.

The Toppers were scheduled to play against Clear Lake on Monday night, but due to the weather the contest was cancelled.

Their next game will be this Thursday (Jan. 30) in Plum City and then they will be back on the road on Tuesday (Feb. 4) for a game in Spooner; both events start at 7:30 p.m.