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Toppers finish 1-1 after victory in Clayton and defeat at home

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Glenwood City boys’ basketball team played in Clayton last Saturday and won 52-43. They were at home Monday night to host Prescott, which ended in a loss of 80-40.

Toppled the Bears

The Clayton Bears are currently 2-3 in their Lakeland-Central Conference with a ten game losing streak under their shoes after Saturday’s loss.

The Toppers played three solid quarters of ball with 19 points scored in the third quarter that set the pace towards victory.

Todd Petersen came out swinging with an aggressive attitude that allowed him to push in four shots for eight of their 19 points.

Backing him up were teammates Marcus Kadinger, Nick Schone and Jake Hierlmeier. Kadinger drove in a double and then hit a three and Hierlmeier and Schone each drained a triple as well.

The score was 19-11 after the first quarter and 31-18 going into the half after the Toppers posted 12 points from one triple and four doubles.

Petersen was scoreless in the second quarter, but he got back into the action after the half time break with four additional doubles scored and a free throw.

Hierlmeier was active under the net as well with two shots of his own and then Kadinger took one for himself. That gave the Toppers 13 total points for a 46-33 lead going into the fourth.

That was enough of a lead to provide them with cushion, which was a real benefit considering they scored six points to the Bears’ ten in the fourth.

The Toppers finished with 17 doubles, four triples and six out of six free throws made.

Petersen led the game with 21 points from his eight doubles and he was perfection from the line with five out of five free throws made.

Kadinger followed with nine points from his three doubles and one triple. Hierlmeier finished with two doubles and one triple for seven.

Kip Wallace had one double and one triple for five. Schone and Nate Mrdutt each had three and Bill Norenberg and Joel Ormson had two.

Beat up at home

The game against the Prescott Cardinals was brutal to say the least. They are the toughest team the Toppers have faced this season and they proved that with an 80-40 whipping.

The Cardinals are however ranked number two in Division 3 and they are currently number one in their Middle Border Conference. They are 15-1 overall with their one loss coming from Regis in a 49-45 final.

The game started with the Toppers down 18-7 with Norenberg and Kadinger each driving in for a double and Hierlmeier knocked down a three.

The Cardinals stayed consistent with an additional 18 points posted in the second quarter to the Toppers’ nine.

This time it was Wallace with a three, Kadinger scored another double and Petersen had a double and two free throws.

Out of the half, the Toppers had a slight increase offensively with 11 points scored in the third quarter. However the Cardinals amped up their offense as well with 19 in the third for a 55-27 lead going into the fourth.

Petersen led for his team in the third quarter with three doubles for six of their 11 points. Wallace hit his second three also and Kadinger had one double.

In the final eight minutes, the Cardinals pushed the dagger in  further with 25 points posted to the Toppers’ 13 for the 80-40 final.

Schone carried the team in the final minutes with not one but three triples scored. Backing him up for the final points were Hierlmeier and Kadinger with a double each.

The Toppers finished with ten doubles, six triples and two out of six free throws made. The Cardinals had 24 doubles, eight triples and they finished eight of 11 from the line.

Petersen led with four doubles and two free throws for ten. Schone followed with nine from his three triples. Kadinger had eight from four doubles. Wallace had two triples for six. Hierlmeier had his one double and one triple for five. And Norenberg finished with one double.

The Toppers will be in Mondovi this Thursday, January 29 and then they will host the Plum City/Elmwood co-op on Tuesday, February 3.