Lady Bulldogs batter Hilltoppers to end losing skid against rival GC

By Cara L. Dempski

BOYCEVILLE — One of the Boyceville girls’ basketball squad’s resolutions for the new year may have been to secure a victory, or two, over rival Glenwood City in 2017.

After a three-year drought and six straight losses to the Hilltoppers including three on their home court,  the Bulldogs put an end to the skid against their closest rival with a lopsided home victory January 5.

Boyceville jumped all over Glenwood City from the opening tip as it ran and gunned its way to a 39-12 lead at intermission en route to a convincing 60-21 victory that capped a five-game homestand on a high note.

Last Thursday’s victory was the Bulldogs first over the Toppers since a 45-32 triumph in Glenwood City back on December 13, 2013.

Coming on the heels of a close 55-51 home non-conference loss to Cameron on Tuesday, January 3, Boyceville appeared to get three years and a half dozens games of frustration off its shoulders at the Toppers expense.

And a bit of revenge.

Glenwood City, on its way to a 21-3 season a year ago, clobbered Boyceville 62-18 and 43-15 in its two meetings in the 2015-16 season. 

Last week, it was Boyceville’s turn to administer the beat down.

A trio of double digits scorers helped led the Bulldogs to the victory. Seniors Madysn Riek and Brooklyn Hellmann tallied 15 and 11 points respectively while freshman guard collected ten points as the three outscored the Toppers’ entire lineup.

Glenwood’s Jenesa Klinger was the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer with seven points.

Bulldog head coach Jolene Bird said with six seniors on the team, the game against the Hilltoppers went how it should. 

“We shared the ball very well and kids knocked down shots,” Bird said.

The Hilltopper coach, Dean Fayerweather, had a different view.

“It was a tough night on the hardwood,” Fayerweather said. “The ladies came out with no energy, and once we got down we could not recover.”

The Glenwood City coach went on to explain the Bulldogs were hot from the outside, and pulled the Toppers out of their defense, forcing them to employ defensive traps. They played the entire game that way.

Boyceville scored more than triple the points Glenwood City logged in the first half, taking a 39-12 score into the halftime break. The Toppers picked up more of their first-half points on a pair of field goals and a free throw from Klinger, whereas the Bulldogs scored 22 points in the first nine minutes of the game.

Things did not improve for the Toppers in the second half, as they continued to struggle with getting to the basket. Klinger, sophomores Hanna Strehlo and Delaney Quinn, Michaela Nyhus and Becca Moll were the only Glenwood players to score in the second half. Quinn was the only Hilltopper to put one in during the final nine minutes of play.

On the Boyceville side, the Bulldogs chalked up another 13 points in the closing nine minutes to lift their score for the second half to 21 for a total of an even 60 points. The Hilltoppers managed just nine points in the second half and only one field goal in the final eight and a half minutes of play.

While Klinger led the Hilltopper scoring effort, several of her teammates contributed to the team’s total. Moll landed a pair of field goals to take credit for four points, Courtney Jo Lawson put one up from outside for three points, Quinn and Strehlo tied with two points apiece, and Nyhus and Briana Barstad each sunk a free throw.

Riek’s 15 points for Boyceville were spread over seven field goals and a charity shot. Brooklyn Hellmann scored 11 points with a pair of field goals, a pair of threes, and a free throw, and Rachel Prestrud put in five field goals for a total of 10 points. 

Morgan Kuhn put up four field goals for eight points, Cassie Malean picked up five points on a field goal and a three-point shot, Brooklyn Booth and Emma Harnisch tied with four, Amber Retzloff picked up two, and Alyx Bloom is credited with a single free shot.

The win allowed the Bulldogs, 6-3 overall, to maintain a share of second place with Elk Mound with identical 3-1 marks in the Dunn-St. Croix. Boyceville opened a three-game road trip in Mondovi last night, January 10 and then head to the same neighborhood Friday, January 13 to take on the conference-leading Durand Panthers, who are 4-0. 

Glenwood City remained winless in the D-SC at 0-4 and has an overall record of 1-9. Glenwood City will return home for the next three games – all against top conference teams. Colfax was in town Tuesday with Elk Mound and Durand on the horizon for this Thursday and next Tuesday respectively.

GLENWOOD CITY 21, BOYCEVILLE 60
Glenwood City……………………12    9 — 21
Boyceville………………………….39  21 —21

TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)

Glenwood City (7-4-13-21) J. Klinger 3-1-1-7, M. Voeltz 0-1—1, D. Quinn 1-0-3-2, H. Strehlo 1-0-1-2, B. Barstad 0-1-2-1, M. Nyhus 0-1-0-1, B. Moll 2-0-1-4, C. Lawson 0-0-1-3.

Boyceville (23-3-11-60) R. Prestrud 5-0-1-10, B. Booth 2-0-2-4, C. Malean 1-0-0-5, M. Kuhn 4-0-2-8, A. Retzloff 1-0-0-2, A. Bloom 0-1-0-1, M. Riek 7-1-2-15, E. Harnisch 2-0-2-4, B. Hellmann 2-1-2-11.

THREE-POINTERS GC — C. Lawson 1; B — C. Malean 1, B. Hellmann 2.

Boyceville vs. Cameron

The Lady Bulldogs started the week with a January 3 “tune-up” contest against the Cameron Comets that saw Boyceville come out on the low end of a 55-51 score on their home court.

The Boyceville girls shot for 91.6 percent from the free throw line, sinking 22 of 24 free throws, but it was not enough to lift them past the Comets. Head coach Jolene Bird said the team’s defense played like it had a 13-day break, with poor position and an inability to move around effectively.

The Bulldogs’ coach said the team put the Comets on the free throw line too many times, but Cameron’s shooters were not able to shoot more than 52 percent from the line. 

“It allowed us a chance to keep it close and have opportunities to win,” Bird said.

The coach added the Boyceville squad was terrific from the free throw line, but the three-point shooting woes continued, with only one basket dropping from outside the arc. The team attempted 17 three-point shots.

Madysn Riek tacked up 18 points to lead the Bulldog offense. Emma Harnisch trailed Riek by six points with five field goals and a pair of free shots for 12 points. Morgan Kuhn shot 100 percent from the line, nailing all six charity throws and two field goals for 10 points.

Cassie Malean picked up six points, Rachel Prestrud took credit for the team’s only three-point shot, and Brooklyn Hellmann logged a single shot for two points.

Comet Maddy Otto led overall scoring in the game with 21 points.

CAMERON 55, BOYCEVILLE 51

Cameron………………………….25  30 — 55
Boyceville…………………………28  23 — 51

TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)

Cameron (18-16-21-55) B. Zimmerman 1-0-4-5, G. Thompson 1-3-4-5, M. Warner 6-4-2-16, A. Kringle 0-1-2-1, M. Otto 7-7-3-21, C. Wanink 0-1-4-1, H. Zimmerman 3-0-2-6.

Boyceville (13-22-21-51) R. Prestrud 0-0-2-3, B. Booth 0-0-1-0, C. Malean 1-4-3-6, M. Kuhn 2-6-4-10, M. Riek 4-10-3-18, E. Harnisch 5-2-4-12, B. Hellmann 1-0-4-2.

THREE-POINTERS C — B. Zimmerman 1; B — R. Prestrud 1.