By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Glenwood City girls basketball team was resting at third overall in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with a 5-3 record after beating Mondovi last Friday night 37-32.
The Toppers went two weeks without playing a game going into Friday’s contest. They were at home then on Monday night for a double-header with the boys’ team against Prairie Farm.
Victory in Mondovi
The Toppers’ five point win over the Buffaloes should have been a blow out when one looks at Mondovi’s record and sees that they are 1-7 in the conference with 13 total losses on their overall record.
The Toppers seemed to have played down to Mondovi’s level and nearly lost the game after leading 10-7 after the first, then trailing 14-12 at the half and then the score was tied at 24s going into the final quarter.
The Toppers were able to keep control of the ball in the fourth quarter, which forced Mondovi to foul and put their opponent on the line.
Key free throws were made as well as two doubles from Maya Petersen, one from Moriah Kuehndorf and Jen Kopacz that were enough to put the Toppers ahead for the win.
As a team the Toppers made 12 doubles, one triple and were just 10 of 23 from the foul line.
Kopacz and Kuehndorf led in points with nine each; Jen made three doubles and three free throws and Moriah had two doubles, one triple and two free throws.
Petersen followed with eight from three doubles and two free throws. Gabby Peterson finished with five from two doubles and one free throw. Megan Samens had one double and two free throws and then Jenesa Klinger made one double.
Prairie Farm visits and loses
The Panthers were 5-5 overall this season, but just 1-4 in their Lakeland-Central conference.
They played like they had only won one game this season against the Toppers as they trailed 22-8 near the middle of the second quarter. The scoreboard read 24-12 at the halftime buzzer.
The Toppers jumped out to an early lead with 15 points scored in the first quarter alone. Petersen was active under the net with three doubles, Peterson, Klinger and Kadinger each drove in one and then Kuehndorf landed a three.
The second quarter they struggled some on rebounds, which put the ball in the hands of the Panthers more than the previous quarter.
The girls posted nine points to Prairie Farm’s eight with a three by Klinger, a double from Kadinger and Peterson and free throws by Kuehndorf.
The Toppers were a yo-yo on offense with the 15 initial points, then they dropped to nine, then in the third quarter they came out swinging with 17 points, but in the fourth they scored just eight points on four baskets.
Despite their own inconsistency, they still held a solid lead over the Panthers with the score at 41-18 after the third.
The Panthers managed to score 12 points in the second half with six in each quarter for the final score of 49-24.
Kadinger led in points in the third with a double, then a triple, followed by another double scored. Klinger had two jumpers for four points, Kuehndorf hit one shot for two, Peterson had one double and a free throw and then Petersen made one free throw.
The game ended with Kuehndorf and Kadinger each draining a three and then Klinger was fouled and scored both her baskets.
Kadinger led in points with 14 from her four doubles and two triples. Klinger followed with 11 from three doubles, one triple and she was two for two at the line. Kuehndorf was a point behind with ten from her one double, two triples and two free throws.
And the Peterson/Petersen duo each posted seven points with three doubles and one free throw scored by each.
The Toppers will dive back into a full schedule of play with a game at home this Thursday (Jan. 22) and one again on Saturday, which will be in Clayton at 1:30 p.m.
They will then be back on the road Tuesday (Jan. 27) for a game against St. Croix Central.