Lady Toppers end season with loss to Osseo-Fairchild

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY- The Glenwood City girls’ basketball team ended their season at home last Tuesday night after taking one to the chin against the Osseo-Fairchild Thunder as the Regional game ended 58-54.

The Thunder were seeded 11th in the Division 4 bracket after they finished their conference season with a 2-12 record in the Cloverbelt-West.

The Toppers looked to have high prospects in beating the Thunder, but too many turnovers and missed shooting opportunities plagued the team.

The game started off in the Topper’s favor with the score at 11-6 after the first quarter with Moriah Kuehndorf and Morgan Kadinger putting up shots for the team.

The Toppers had a nine point lead of 19-10 with four minutes left in the second quarter until things changed they lost control of the ball.

After four straight turnovers, the Topper’s nine point lead turned into a six point lead of 26-20 as the buzzer rang to end the first half.

The game changed in the third quarter with three minutes left after the Thunder hit a three pointer, which gave them their first lead of the night as the scoreboard read 34-33.

Rachel Klatt stuffed the ball in the face of one of the Thunder players two consecutive times before the quarter ended, which kept the ball out of the hoop and the score at a two point difference of 39-37.

Jennifer Kopacz got her hands on the ball and put up a shot to start the fourth quarter and tie the game at 39-39. She then followed up with another basket to give her team a two point lead of 41-39.

The game went back and forth, tying at 44’s and up to 50-50 with the help of Megan Samens who hit a handful of jumpers to keep the Toppers in the running.

Osseo shot ahead by three points after one of their players was fouled outside of the three point line, which gave her three free throw shots. The baskets were made, which put them ahead 53-50.

In order to get the ball back in their possession as the clock ticked down, the Toppers had to draw a couple fouls, which in turn pushed the Thunder’s score ahead for the win.

The Toppers scored their final baskets by Kadinger and then one by Samens right as the buzzer sounded.

The Thunder scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, 12 of which were from free throws. They finished with 17 free throws overall, 14 doubles and four triples scored.

The Toppers ended their night with 22 doubles, seven free throws and one triple scored as a team.

Kadinger and Samens led the team in points posted with 15 each. Both players had six doubles and were three for four from the foul line.

Kuehndorf followed with nine from three doubles and one triple. Klatt had four doubles for eight points. Kopacz had two doubles and Maya Petersen hit a free throw.

The Thunder went on to play Eau Claire Regis and the Toppers closed out their season with a 10-5 Dunn-St. Croix Conference record and a 14-8 overall record.