By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City girls’ basketball team played two games recently at home with last Friday’s contest against Colfax and this past Monday they hosted Cameron.
The Toppers lost their game to the undefeated Dunn-St.Croix Conference Vikings in a 56-39 final. The non-conference showdown against the Comets ended with the Toppers losing 80-65.
Loss to Vikings
The Toppers gave the Vikings a run for their money during the game last Friday as they lost by 17 points. With that being said, in the last seven games the Vikings have played, their opponent has lost by 19 points or higher.
The Vikings started the game with a six point lead of 17-11 in the first quarter.
For the Toppers, it was Moriah Kuehndorf who got the team going in points after she drained a three and two free throws. Megan Samens and Rachel Klatt worked the net inside and each dropped in a double. Maya Petersen also contributed with two free throws.
The six point difference turned to a 19 point deficit in the second quarter after the Toppers scored just four points from two free throws and one double.
The Vikings stayed consistent and added an additional 17 points, which put the halftime score at 34-15.
Out of the locker room after the break, the Toppers were fresh on their feet and they played their highest scoring quarter of the game.
The Lady Toppers posted 14 points over the Vikings’ ten after Jen Kopacz got fired up and scored two doubles and a triple. Klatt and Kadinger each had a double and free throws as well.
In the final eight minutes of play, the Toppers completed the entire quarter with no free throw shots taken. They scored their last ten points from five doubles including two from Kuehndorf and one from Kopacz, Klatt and Samens.
As a team, the Toppers were nine from 12 at the free throw line. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings finished with 21 attempts and 15 of those were successful.
Kuehndorf led the team in points scored with ten from her three free throws, two doubles and one triple. Kopacz followed with nine from three doubles and one triple.
Then it was Klatt with eight from three doubles and two free throws. Kadinger finished with five from two doubles and one free throw. Samens had two doubles for four points and Petersen had three free throws.
The Cameron Comets are undefeated in their Lakeland-Central Conference so far this season and they proved why that is with their skilled shooting, fluid ball handling and ability to cause turnovers.
The Toppers did start the game with the first bucket after Klatt tossed one in. However, in five minutes the Toppers had seven fouls against them and the free throws kept the Comets racking up points at the line.
The Comets hit the court with speed in the first quarter, which resulted in them posting 25 points against the Toppers’ 13 to start the game.
Kopacz drained the team’s first three pointer and Kadinger, Kuehndorf, Samens and Klatt each contributed with a double.
The Toppers pumped up their momentum in the second quarter and played their best game with 23 points scored over the Comet’s 19.
The Toppers looked to go into the halftime break down by ten points, but right before the buzzer Samens was fouled. She drained both her buckets at the free throw line to put the score at 44-36.
The outcome of the game appeared to be decided in the third quarter after the Toppers scored 11 points against the Comets’ 22, which pushed them to a 19 point deficit with the score at 66-47.
The Toppers outscored the Comets in the fourth quarter, but their 18 points against the Comets’ 14 wasn’t enough to give them an edge.
It was an all around team effort for the Toppers on offense. Knops finished with 11 points and Kadinger, Samens and Petersen each finished with ten.
Knops had five free throws and three doubles. Kadinger had five doubles. Samens had four free throws and three doubles and Petersen had two free throws and four doubles.
Next was Kuehndorf who had eight from two doubles, one three and one free throw. Kopacz had seven from one three and she was four for four at the line. Klatt had six from two free throws and two doubles and Kayla Bloss had one free throw and one double.
Despite their loss, the 65 points the Toppers scored was the highest amount they have had all season. The second highest points scored in a game came in their win against Spring Valley when they finished with a total of 64.
The Toppers will be back on the court this Thursday (Feb. 6) with a game in Boyceville. They will also be playing in Frederic this Saturday, February 8 for a double header along with the boys’ team, which starts at 1:00 p.m.