By Cara L. Dempski
AMERY — The Hilltopper girls’ basketball team has yet to pick up a win this season.
The closest the team has come to winning a game was the 42-40 loss to Spring Valley earlier this month that gave coach Dean Fayerweather some hope for a spark in his team.
The Toppers’ 46-28 loss in Amery on December 20, however, proved otherwise. It was the latest in a string of double-digit losses since hosting the Cardinals on December 8. Tuesday’s non-conference contest left the Glenwood City girls squad with a 0-7 overall record going into the holiday break.
The team is also 0-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix, with its toughest opponents still to come.
“It was a tough non-conference game to go into before the Christmas break,” Fayerweather said. “I had two starters out with injuries, and our bench had to pick it up. We just could not come through.”
Fayerweather stated senior Becca Moll sat out the game with an ankle injury and sophomore Delaney Quinn was benched with a knee injury.
The Glenwood City girls started out the game by sticking with Amery, but Fayerweather said the Warriors went on a run to put them up by 13 points at the half, and the hole just proved too deep for the Hilltoppers to climb out of.
Junior Jenesa Klinger led the Hilltopper effort with 11 points after sinking four field goals and shooting 75 percent at the free throw line. Mariah Voeltz picked up eight points for the team, Briana Barstad put in two baskets in the first half to log four, sophomore Hanna Strehlo took credit for three, and Delaney Quinn put in a single field goal to score two.
Sophomore Madelyn Granica was Amery’s top scorer, landing 20 points for her team.
The Hilltopper girls had a short break for the holiday weekend, but will step back into action on this Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30 when they host the Glenwood City Holiday Invitational tournament with the Hilltopper boys. The ladies will take on Osceola at 7 p.m. on December 29 and Ellsworth at 5 p.m. on December 30.
Glenwood City will then kick off the new year when it travels to face rival Boyceville on January 5 to resume conference play.
GLENWOOD CITY 28, AMERY 46
Glenwood City…………………..15 13 — 28
Amery………………………………28 18 — 46
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (8-8-12-28) J. Klinger 4-3-1-11, M. Voeltz 2-4-0-8, D. Quinn 1-0-1-2, H. Strehlo 1-1-2-3, B. Barstad 2-0-4-4, J. Johnson 0-0-2-0, J. Crossley 0-0-1-0, C. Lawson 0-0-1-0.
Amery (13-8-13-46) A. VanSomeren 2-0-0-4, C. Edwards 1-0-3-2, D. Meyer 0-0-2-0, S. Wiese 0-0-1-3, M. Granica 6-5-1-20, E. Luchtenburg 0-0-1-6, A. Schmidt 3-0-0-6, G. Fredrick 1-2-1-3, R. Fouks 0-2-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS A — S. Wiese 1, M. Granica 1, E. Luchtenburg 2.