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Hilltoppers open season with a strong win over Mondovi

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City girls’ basketball team started off their season with a bang after beating the Mondovi Buffaloes 55-20 last Thursday, November 20.

The Toppers held a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter through the help of Moriah Kuehndorf who drove three shots to the basket and drained a free throw.

Morgan Kadinger was hot from the free throw line as well with two baskets scored. Becca Moll and Megan Samens each had a double to help put the team ahead by eight.

Their assault on the court continued into the second quarter with 17 points posted over Mondovi’s six for a 32-13 lead at the half.

Kuehndorf drained the first three point shot of the night after putting down a double for five points in the second. Kadinger followed up with two doubles and Mikaela Voeltz and Jennifer Kopacz each had one as well.

The Toppers were strong from the line with two out of three free throw shots made by Jenesa Klinger and two additional ones from Kopacz.

The momentum remained the same after the break with 15 points scored by the Lady Toppers. They held Mondovi to only two doubles and one free throw, which put the score at 47-18 when the third quarter ended.

Scoring in the third was Kuehndorf with her second three and a double. Gabby Peterson and Kopacz each had two free throws and a double and Kadinger banked a shot of the glass for two points.

With a substantial lead now, the Toppers slowed down their scoring and posted eight final points in the fourth quarter with a double from Klinger, Voeltz and Kopacz and two free throws from Voeltz as well.

As a team the Toppers were very accurate from the free throw line for their first game of the season.

They were successful with 13 out of 17 attempts, which included four out of four from Kopacz, two for two from Peterson and Kadinger, two from Voeltz and one from Kuehndorf.

Kuehndorf was the points leader for the night with 17 total. Kopacz followed with ten, Kadinger had eight, Klinger and Voeltz each had six, Peterson had four and Samens and Moll each had two.

The Toppers traveled to Elmwood on Monday for a final game before the Thanksgiving break. They will resume play on Tuesday, December 2 with a game at home against St. Croix Central at 7:30 p.m.