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Lady Hilltoppers fall to conference’s top two teams

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Glenwood City girls’ basketball team had a pair of key hardwood games against the Dunn-St. Croix’ top two basketball teams this past week. The Hilltoppers traveled to Colfax on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and then returned home on Friday, Dec. 19 to host Elk Mound.

Unfortunately, the Lady Toppers lost both contests to slip to 4-3 in conference play, falling 57-38 to the Vikings and then three days later coming up on the short end 48-27 score to the Mounders.

Vikings sink Toppers

Against the Vikings, it was anyone’s contest in the first half as both teams were even offensively.

Despite a quick 4-0 start to the game, Glenwood City trailed 17-14 after the first period.

The Hilltoppers consistently drove the ball to the hoop with a pair of doubles scored by Morgan Kadinger and Moriah Kuehndorf.

Gabby Peterson, Megan Samens and Jenesa Klinger each dropped a shot as well for the Topper’s first points of the game.

In the second period, Glenwood City forged 20-19 on a Peterson layup.

Colfax would retake the lead but each time Glenwood City had an answer. The Toppers tied the score at 22 and at 24 with baskets by Samens and Jennifer Kopacz.

The Toppers took a late lead on a pair of charity tosses by Jenesa Klinger but before the Vikings’ added a basketball before the horn to tie the game at 26 all at the half.

The half-time break brought out a totally different Hilltopper team as their play was not as intense as in the first half, which allowed the Vikings’ to score seven unanswered points.

Glenwood City never recovered.

The Vikings’ offense exploded for 20 points in the third period; the Toppers’ managed just three.

Gabby Peterson drove in the Topper’s only two point shot and Maya Petersen hit a free throw.

The fourth period came and went with the same result, although the Vikings only outscored GC by two points.

The Toppers finished with nine points in the fourth with two coming from Kadinger, Maya Petersen and Becca Moll and a three from Gabby Peterson.

As a team, the Toppers hit 17 doubles and they were successful with just four out-of-ten free throws attempts.

Gabby Peterson led the team in points with nine from her four doubles and one free throw. Kadinger followed with eight on four doubles. Kuehndorf had six from three doubles.

Samens and Klinger each finished with four, Petersen had three and Kopacz and Moll each had two points.

Mounders win in GC

The Mounders only conference loss this season came to the Colfax Vikings, a two-point setback, that has them sitting in second place in the early D-SC girls’ season standings.

Elk Mound played incredibly physical against Glenwood City Friday night (Dec. 19) and its “in your face” game style created a lot of turnovers that set the Mounders up for several scoring opportunities – more than the Toppers could afford to surrender.

Elk Mound jumped to an early lead of 9-0. Maya Petersen’s hoop finally broke the Mounders’ streak and put the Toppers on the scoreboard.

Jenesa Klinger and Megan Samens followed with baskets of their own, but the Toppers still trailed 16-6 after the first period.

Glenwood City scored their first points in the second period after Klinger was fouled and went to the line. She sank both charity tosses for two of the nine points the Hilltoppers posted in the second period.

Mikaela Voeltz also had two free throws, Kopacz scored a basket and Samens and Gabby Peterson each hit a double for the rest of the Toppers’ scores in the period.

Elk Mound continued its relentless offensive attack after the intermission break.

The Mounders started the second half with the ball and worked their way to a 16-point advantage after a basket made the score 31-15 with 6:30 left in the third period.

Morgan Kadinger gave the Toppers their first point of the second half when she scored on a two-point shot she was fouled on.

Kadinger’s free throw bounced off the rim, but teammate Gabby Peterson grabbed the rebound before she was knocked to the ground.

The Toppers tried to convert the basket three straight times but it kept bouncing out. Megan Samens was finally able to knock one in.

Samens was a great presence under the net against Elk Mound as she was responsible for grabbing a majority of the Toppers’ rebounds.

Samens made herself available and stood strong under the basket, which accounted for all three of her baskets and led the Toppers in scoring with six points.

The third period ended with the Toppers scoring seven points compared to the Mounder’s eight, but the visitors still held sway at 37-22.

Elk Mound, however, more than doubled Glenwood City in offensive output in the final stanza, outscoring the Toppers 11 to five.

Jen Kopacz started the Toppers fourth period off right as she stole the ball in the opening seconds and converted it into two points.

Later, Becca Moll drove the ball in for two and Mikaela Voeltz added a free throw to account for all of the Toppers scoring in that final period. Voeltz came in for just two periods, but she played a key role for the team.

Despite playing just two periods, Voeltz played a key role with at least three solid blocks and showed an ability to draw Elk Mound fouls, which put points on the Topper’s side.

Voeltz had three points for the team from free throws. Kopacz also finished with three points from one double and one free throw.

Samens, as mentioned above, had the team high followed by Peterson and Kadinger with four points each from two doubles.

Klinger, Moll and Petersen each finished with two points and Kuehndorf had one free throw.

The girls were back on the court Tuesday for a game against Frederic.

They will be off through the holiday and then resume play at home Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30 with the annual Holiday Classic tournament.