By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The ladies from Glenwood City and Boyceville hit the court last Thursday night for a conference showdown that ended in the Toppers’ favor with the final score at 53-48.
The Toppers had a ten point lead at one point in the game, but the Bulldogs were fearless in the second half, which tied the game at 48-48.
However, too many fouls on the Dogs put the Toppers’ on the line, which allowed them to run away with the win.
The outcome of the game put both the Dunn- St. Croix Conference teams at 6-4 for their record as of Friday.
The first points game of the game was a three by Moriah Kuehndorf after Rachel Klatt tipped the ball to her teammates as the whistle blew to start the game.
The first quarter tied at 9-9 before the Bulldog’s took a one point lead of 15-14 with the help of six free throws that were made. Abbey Bird contributed a three and Morgan Kuhn and April Lake each had an inside shot.
As for the Toppers, Jen Kopacz started the game off strong from behind the arc as well with two threes posted and two free throws. Kristie Knops also knocked down a free throw.
The Toppers started the second quarter off with seven unanswered points scored as they led the game 21-15.
Kuehndorf drained her second three followed by a double. Klatt and Maya Petersen each had one free throw and one double as well.
The Toppers’ defense allowed the Bulldogs to score just five points in the second, three of which were free throws made by Kennedy Hellmann and then a double by Cassie Malean.
Out of the locker room, the friendly game of basketball became a blood bath, literally. Both teams were committing fouls, falling hard to the floor and playing an all out aggressive game.
There were 14 free throws made in the first half of the game and 23 in the second with a total of 39 attempts between the third and fourth quarters alone.
The Toppers’ ten point lead came in the third quarter after they were ahead 34-23 with 3:30 left on the clock.
With the help of Bird posting three doubles and a triple, the Bulldogs closed the gap in the score to seven points. The scoreboard read 39-32 going into the fourth quarter.
Also assisting Bird in the third quarter was Lake who had six attempts at the free throw line and she was successful with three baskets.
As for the Toppers, they posted 14 points, nine of which were from Kopacz after she drained three inside shots and three free throws.
Megan Samens also had a double and Petersen and Morgan Kadinger contributed with free throws.
The Bulldogs’ caught up to the Toppers with less than three minutes left in the game after Kuhn drained a basket to knot the score at 43-43.
Despite good coverage and a full court press by the Bulldogs, Petersen made a shot and then Klatt was brought to the line which gave the Toppers a three point lead.
With a minute and 21 seconds on the clock, another foul was called and this time Kuehndorf was brought to the line.
In a freak happening, the ball got stuck on the hoop so she was only given one shot instead of two. She made her second basket, which put the score at 47-43.
As play resumed, Kuehndorf then followed up with a two point basket smoothly shot off the glass and the Toppers were sitting with a six point lead.
The Bulldogs had the ball in their hands then and Kuhn tried to get a three point shot to fall, but it missed. The team rebounded and scored two. Lake was then fouled and scored a basket, which put the score at 49-46.
The Toppers got the ball, but a fumbled pass gave the Bulldogs possession, which they took advantage of as Madysn Riek was fouled. She scored both her baskets and the Bulldogs were now down by one point.
There was 39 seconds left on the clock when Kuehndorf was fouled again and scored one point. Ten seconds later, Kopacz was fouled and she drained both her shots.
The Bulldogs got the ball in their hands and quickly tried to score a three, but the shot was missed and the Toppers were fouled on the play.
The foul brought Kadinger to the line with seven seconds left. She scored one basket to end the game at 53-48.
The Toppers finished the game with a total of 21 free throws made successfully out of 34 attempts.
The Bulldogs made 16 out of their 27 which accounted for 61 free throws attempted in the entire game.
It was Bird who led the Bulldogs in points scored with 16 from three doubles, three triples and one free throw. Behind her was Lake with 13 from seven free throws and three doubles.
Following was Hellmann and Kuhn with five points each, Riek had four, Alexa Peterson had three and Malean had two.
As for the Toppers, it was Kopacz who led the game with 21 points posted from nine free throws, three doubles and two triples. Kuehndorf followed with 12 from two doubles, two triples and two free throws.
Petersen finished with nine points, Klatt and Samens each had four, Kadinger had two and Knops had one.
Road trip to Frederic
The Lady Toppers also took a road trip to Frederic this past Saturday (Feb. 8) where they beat the Vikings 62-44.
Frederic is a Lakeland-West Conference team along side other schools like Luck and Unity. They are currently sitting at 3-3 for a record in the conference and a 9-6 record overall.
The Toppers played a solid first half with 17 points scored in the first quarter and an additional 18 in the second, which put the half time score at 35-24.
By the end of the third quarter they had a 15 point lead after posting 16 points from shots by Kadinger, Bloss, Kopacz and Petersen.
The game ended with the Toppers scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter against the Vikings’ eight.
Kopacz had the team high in points with 15 from three doubles, three free throws and two triples.
Following her was Samens and Petersen with ten points each, Kuehndorf and Kadinger each had seven, Klatt had six, Knops had four, Bloss had two and Mikaela Voeltz had one.
The Toppers were back on the court Tuesday night with a home game against Elmwood. They will be back in action again this Friday, February 14 with a road game to St. Croix Central.
As for the Lady Bulldogs, they were also on the court Tuesday night with a road game in Mondovi. They will also be back on the court this Friday night with a contest at home against Elk Mound.
Both teams will play on Monday, February 17 as well. The Toppers are home against Mondovi and the Bulldogs are on the road to Cameron.