By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Glenwood City boys were on the court Tuesday and Thursday this week with a road game in Clear Lake to kick things off and then they were home to face on the road against St. Croix Central.
The Toppers put a beat down on the Warriors with the final score at 74-38, which earned them their first win of the season.
The Toppers played their biggest period of the season with 26 points posted in the first alone.
The Warriors scored eight points in the first and then ten in the second for a 40-18 half time score after the Toppers put up 14 of their own before the break.
In the first period, Jake Hierlmeier boosted nine of the team’s 26 points with two doubles to start the game and then a three-pointer and another double.
The three’s were the go-to shot as Kip Wallace sunk two of his own and Tyler Woodruff let one fly too.
Todd Petersen finished with six points from three doubles in the first as well and Bill Norenberg had one.
The first foul shots were taken in the second period with both Wallace and Marcus Kadinger on the line. Wallace had a double to start and so did Joel Ormson, Hierlmeier and Nick Schone.
The Warriors played their best offensive game in the third period with 13 points posted against the Toppers’ 14, which still had them trailing by 20 plus points.
The Toppers pushed the dagger through in the final eight minutes with 20 points scored by three three-pointers, five doubles and one free throw.
They Warriors had a chance to score at the line with three different fouls called, but out of six baskets they only made one along with their three doubles.
Hierlmeier hit his season high in points again with 22 from nine doubles, one triple and one free throw. Wallace followed with 14 for his best game of year by three triples, two doubles and one free throw.
Petersen was next with 12 from his six doubles. Kadinger finished with eight from two triples and two free throws. Woodruff had seven from the one triple and two doubles.
Schone had two doubles. Ormson had one double and one free throw and Norenberg and Allen Croes each hit a double.
Loss at home
The Panthers just about looked like a college basketball team against the Toppers on Thursday night. They were throwing up passes, bouncing them off the glass and letting the next person slam it through the hoop.
Senior Jason Matteson came flying in from every angle with an unbeatable energy. Every shot they put up against the Toppers was impressive.
Their team is loaded this season with seven seniors and four juniors on their roster, which is actually an even match to the Hilltopper team.
The difference came down to fundamentals. The Toppers simply turned the ball over way too many times.
Then when they had a chance to drive to the hoop, luck was just not on their side once again as the ball swirled around the rim and fell out.
The Toppers stayed in the game the best they could in the first half with the help of big shots taken. They have played very well this year from outside the perimeter and Thursday night was no exception.
They hit eight triples against the Panthers, which was a close comparison to their ten doubles. Kadinger was on fire with four triples of his own and Wallace and Schone each drained two.
The Toppers trailed by ten points after the first period with the score at 17-7 with Schone, Kadinger and Petersen scoring one basket each.
They outscored the Panthers by one point in the second period with a 13-12 difference that put the score at 29-20 at the half.
Kadinger hit two three-pointers and Schone had one followed by a drive to the basket by Ormson and Hierlmeier.
Out of the break, the Toppers started with the ball in their possession, but Matteson quickly stole it away and was fouled as he attempted a shot. He scored one basket for the first shot of the second half.
Schone scored the first basket for the Toppers in the third period and then Marcus drained a three from the corner, which put the score at 25-42.
The Panthers put up 21 points in the third for their biggest offensive period of the game. The Toppers had their highest scoring period as well with 16 points of their own, but that still had them trailing 50-36.
The fourth period ended with Kadinger scoring two free throws and a triple, Wallace hit a triple and Petersen and Hierlmeier each sunk a double for a total of 12 points against the Panthers’ 14.
The Toppers finished the game with nine free throw attempts, four of which were successful. The Panthers on the other end had 30 shot attempts and they made 16.
Kadinger led the team in points scored with 16 from his four triples, one double and he was two for two from the line.
Hierlmeier followed with 11 from five doubles and one free throw. Schone finished with eight from two triples and one double. Wallace had two triples. Petersen had two doubles and one free throw and Ormson had his one basket.
The Toppers were back on their home court Tuesday night for a double header with the girls team against Frederic.
They will resume play on Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30 for the Holiday Classic against McDonell Central, Cornell, Osceola and Somerset with games starting at 2:00 p.m. both days.