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Topper boys blow up the scoreboard in Plum City

By Kelsie Hoitomt

PLUM CITY – The Glenwood City boys’ basketball team played their highest scoring game in at least three years after a blow out against Plum City last Thursday, January 30. They beat the Blue Devils 81-57.

The Blue Devils are currently ranked 6-5 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and the Topper’s advanced their record to 4-8.

Earlier this year the two teams met and the Toppers were upset at home by a three point loss of 50-47.

Redemption was had after the Toppers rallied together as a team and played an outstanding offensive game with 26 doubles, six three point shots and 11 free throws.

The Toppers started off the game with a five point lead after they scored 18 points against the Blue Devils 13.

The threes were flying all over the court with Richard Ross draining two and Nick Mrdutt dropped one in as well and two free throws. Marcus Kadinger and Todd Petersen each contributed a double off the glass as well.

The first quarter appeared to be just a warm up for the Toppers as they came out with pure intensity in the second with 26 points posted from eight doubles, another three from Ross and one from Hierlmeier and then a total of four free throws.

On the other end, the Blue Devils put up 12 of their own points, which put the half time score at 44-25.

The Toppers took a 20 point lead of 62-42 in the third quarter after they posted 18 points against the Blue Devils’ 17.

Petersen himself posted ten points from four doubles and two free throws. Hierlmeier and Ross each had a double; Ross also drained his fourth trey of the game.

The Toppers finished the game on a strong note with 19 additional points scored in the fourth quarter. Petersen was solid from under the net again with three doubles dropped. Ross and Nathan Mrdutt each put down two, Joel Ormson and Kadinger each had one and Hierlmeier tossed in a free throw.

It was Ross and Petersen who accounted for over half the team’s total points scored as they each finished with 22.

Ross had one of his strongest games from outside the arch with four three’s and then five doubles.

Petersen collected only three personal fouls, which allowed him to play the entire game and that helped account for his impressive “under the net” work. He finished with ten doubles and was two for two at the line.

Hierlmeier followed with 13 points from two doubles, one trey and he was six for nine at the foul line. Then it was Nick Mrdutt with ten from two doubles, one triple and he was two for two from the line.

Kadinger finished with six points from his three doubles. Nathan Mrdutt had two doubles for four points, Billy Norenberg had a double and a free throw for three and Ormson had one double for two.

The Toppers were back on the court Tuesday (Feb. 4) with a road game in Spooner. They will be on the road again this Friday with a game in Colfax starting at 7:30 p.m.

The team was scheduled to play against Clear Lake last Monday night (Jan. 27), however due to severe cold, the non-conference game was cancelled.