By Cara L. Dempski
A new year did not bring about any positive change to the fortunes of Glenwood City boys’ basketball team as its winless streak continued into 2017.
The Hilltoppers kicked off their 2017 slate by hosting the Siren Dragons in a non-conference contest January 3. And while the boys in blue again showed some potential, Glenwood City’s squad could not get past the Dragons. Despite holding a second-half lead, the Toppers wilted as their offense went cold and the defense could not hold back the Dragons in a 81-57 loss.
Three days later, Glenwood City traveled to Durand to take on the second-place Panthers in its first conference match-up since December 15. The Hilltoppers found an early groove but trailed by 13 points at the half, 29-16. The Toppers doubled their offense output in the second half but it wasn’t enough as Durand claimed a 65-48 in the January 6 game.
Glenwood City slipped to 1-9 overall as it has now lost six straight since beating Clayton back on December 13. The Hilltoppers have a Dunn-St. Croix record of 0-4, a mark they share with rival Boyceville whom they will play on the road next Tuesday, January 17. Prior to that contest, Glenwood is slated to host Colfax (1-3) Thursday.
Head coach Tristan Kittilson might be feeling a little frustrated with repeating himself, especially after starting 2017 with another loss after the Hilltoppers had a near miss on a game against Somerset on December 29.
“The boys played well and showed flashes of good play, but again ran out of gas down the home stretch,” Kittilson stated.
The Glenwood coach said the team’s inability to execute and make winning plays cost them a chance to earn a victory against Siren. The Hilltoppers held a six-point lead at halftime with a score of 41-35, but could only manage another 16 points in the second half while the Dragons netted 46.
Junior Riley Schutz again led the Hilltopper offense with 18 points after putting in seven field goals and two of his seven free shots. Quinn Taylor finished with 15 points, including a pair of three-point shots. Sophomore Tanner Davis put together eight points, Dillon Hierlmeier logged seven, Pete Hill hit a pair of field goals and a free throw for five points, and Hadin DeSmith and Allen Croes each picked up two points.
Siren’s Nathan Kosloski led the Dragons with 17 points.
SIREN 81, GLENWOOD CITY 57
Siren………………………………..35 46 — 81
Glenwood City…………………..41 16 — 57
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Siren (20-11-20-81) E. Benjamin 0-0-1-0, X. Pinero 1-3-3-14, K. Christianson 4-4-2-12, T. Lee 4-4-4-12, S. Pruitt 0-0-2-3, R. Churchill 4-2-3-16, B. Lemieux 1-0-2-2, S. Bellanger 2-1-0-4, N. Kosloski 8-1-2-17, M. Lindquist 0-0-1-0.
Glenwood City (18-12-20-57) D. Hierlmeier 2-3-2-7, P. Hill 2-1-0-5, H. DeSmith 1-0-3-2, Q. Taylor 2-5-3-15, R. Schutz 8-2-4-18, T. Davis 2-1-2-8, W. Rosenow 0-0-1-0, A. Croes 1-0-5-2.
THREE-POINTERS S — X. Pinero 2, K. Christianson 4, S. Pruitt 1, R. Churchill 2; GC — Q. Taylor 2, T. Davis 1.
Coach Kittilson said the Toppers came out of the gate fast, but had a let down at the end of the first half. The second half could have been good, but the effort seemed to be too little, too late.
“We made some shots in the second half, but it was a little late.” Kittleson stated. “The damage had been done and we couldn’t climb back in it.”
Junior Riley Schutz again led the team, putting six field goals and a single three-point shot through the hoop to log 15 points. Dillon Hierlmeier netted 12 points by matching Schutz’ in field goals.
Pete Hill and Hadin DeSmith contributed seven points and six points respectively, Allen Croes made two field goals for four points and Tanner Davis and Quinn Taylor tied with two points each.
Durand’s Reid Hansen and Jacob Anibas led the Panthers with 13 points apiece.
GLENWOOD CITY 48, DURAND 65
Glenwood City…………………..16 32 — 48
Durand……………………………..29 36 — 65
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (22-0-16-48) D. Hierlmeier 6-0-2-12, P. Hill 2-0-0-7, H. DeSmith 3-0-1-6, Q. Taylor 1-0-1-2, R. Schutz 6-0-2-15, T. Davis 1-0-4-2, W. Rosenow 0-0-1-0, A. Croes 2-0-5-4.
Durand (20-5-11-65) B. Sabelko 2-2-2-12, G. Polzer 3-0-0-6, W. Berger 4-1-0-9, N. Siebenaler 1-1-3-3, R. Hansen 2-0-0-13, B. Schlosser 1-2-1-7, K. Humphrey 1-0-2-2, J. Anibas 6-1-0-13.
THREE-POINTERS GC — P. Hill 1, R. Schutz 1; D — B. Sabelko 2, R. Hansen 3, B. Schlosser 1.