By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City girls’ basketball squad stepped onto its home hardwood last week to take on a pair of tough conference foes.
First up was Colfax, who traveled to Glenwood City over treacherous roads and blowing snow to soundly beat the Lady Toppers 65-35 last Tuesday, January 10. Elk Mound, last season’s Dunn-St. Croix girls’ conference champion, then made the trek to Glenwood City on Friday, January 13.
It proved to be a bad luck game for Glenwood City who faltered in the face of Elk Mound’s speedy offense and aggressive defense. The Hilltoppers had trouble picking up the pace throughout the contest as they faced to a 40-point deficit at the half before succumbing, 79-27, to the Mounders.
The Toppers were scheduled to take on the Durand Panthers this past Monday evening, January 16, after the original match-up slated for December was postponed due to a winter storm. But the rescheduled contest was also postponed due to anticipated inclement weather conditions. It is tentatively scheduled to be played as a double-header with the boys’ basketball team on January 31.
With the latest two losses, the Hilltoppers now have a conference record of 0-6, and are 1-11 overall. They will travel to Plum City this Thursday for a contest with the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves before heading to Spring Valley next Tuesday, January 24 for a match against the Cardinals.
The weather outside was cold, windy, and snowy on January 10, but the atmosphere inside the gym at Glenwood City High School was warm and bright, as the Hilltopper girls’ basketball squad played against the Colfax Vikings.
While the 65-35 score did not reflect a happy ending for the Toppers, coach Dean Fayerweather saw some things he liked in the matchup.
“I thought we played well in the first half, with many positives,” Fayerweather said. “But, being young and experienced showed.”
Glenwood City held an early first-half advantage over the visiting Vikings of Colfax. That was until Colfax’s Ally Heidorn single-handedly put together an 8-0 run that put the Vikings in front to stay. The Vikings’ senior, who had four treys and 16-points in the opening 18 minutes, nailed back-to-back three pointers and then added a layup to give her squad the lead. And the Vikings never looked back as they opened up a double-digit lead at half, 30-20, and scored the first 12 points of the second half.
The Hilltopper head coach’s main goal against the Vikings was to shut down their three-point shooting, but that never happened as Colfax finished with eight triples. He said Colfax is young and inexperienced as well, but the Vikings’ aggressiveness did a lot of damage against the Lady Toppers.
“Colfax created lots of turnovers, and that has been our downfall this season,” Fayerweather explained, especially early in the second half with its full- and half-court traps.
Glenwood City was outgunned 35-15 by Colfax in the second half.
Hilltopper junior Jenesa Klinger spearheaded the Glenwood City offensive effort with 13 points. Mariah Voeltz and Delaney Quinn each picked up five points in the game, and Briana Barstad and Becca Moll logged four apiece. Olivia Scalze and Courtney Jo Lawson added two more points each to the final score.
Colfax senior Ally Heidorn was the game’s leading scorer as she finished with 21 points.
COLFAX 65, GLENWOOD CITY 35
Colfax………………………………30 35 — 65
Glenwood City…………………..20 15 — 35
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (16-9-8-65) A Dachel 1-0-2-5, M. Schleusner 0-0-0-3, A. Heidorn 3-3-1-21, K. Meredith 7-0-1-14, S. Henricks 1-1-0-6, T. Irwin 1-1-0-3, B. Buchanan 1-0-1-2, J. Bowe 0-4-2-7, E. Hurlburt 2-0-1-4.
Glenwood City (11-4-10-35) J. Klinger 3-1-1-13, M. Voeltz 2-1-1-5, D. Quinn 1-0-2-5, B. Barstad 1-2-1-4, J. Crossley 0-0-1-0, O. Scalze 1-0-0-2, B. Moll 2-0-3-4, C. Lawson 1-0-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS C — A. Dachel 1, M. Schleusner 1, A. Heidorn 4, S. Henricks 1, J. Bowe 1; GC — J. Klinger 2.
Coach Fayerweather looked around after the game against the Mounders on January 13 and had only one thing to say.
“Oof,” he sighed. “Our kids need to find some heart. Our kids need to work hard.”
The Lady Hilltoppers had just suffered a 79-27 blood-letting at the hands of Elk Mound, and Fayerweather said that the team seems to be going into games thinking there is no way to win. The mental mistakes are having a telling effect on the coaching staff.
The Mounders harried the Glenwood City girls from the onset, putting 12 points on the board before senior Becca Moll put the ball through the hoop to stop the early scoring run from the opposition and make the score 12-2 with 12:07 left to go in the initial half.
The Hilltoppers were forced into turnover after turnover, and had managed to score only 10 points by the half, while Elk Mound put 50 points on the scoreboard.
While Elk Mound added just 29 more points in the second half, the Toppers managed only 17 more points to end the game with 27.
Moll led the Toppers with 15 points, while Delaney Quinn picked up four. Jenesa Klinger, Mariah Voeltz, Olivia Scalze and Courtney Jo Lawson all put together two points for the toppers.
The highest individual score for the game was earned by Elk Mound’s Elizabeth Fasbender, who shot for 19 points.
ELK MOUND 79, GLENWOOD CITY 27
Elk Mound…………….…..….50 29 — 79
Glenwood City…………….…10 17 — 27
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elk Mound (22-14-12-79) K. Baier 4-0-1-8, H. Cedarblade 0-0-0-3, A. Weber 2-0-1-7, E. Fasbender 4-5-2-19, M. Krall 1-0-1-2, R. Radtke 1-0-1-2, K. King 4-5-0-16, G. Peterson 2-2-0-9, A. Gunderson-Morris 0-2-2-5, M. Radtke 4-0-1-8.
Glenwood City (12-3-14-27) J. Klinger 0-2-1-2, M. Voeltz 1-0-3-2, D. Quinn 2-0-0-4, B. Barstad 0-0-2-0, J. Johnson 0-0-3-0, O. Scalze 1-0-1-2, M. Nyhus 0-0-1-0, B. Moll 7-1-2-15, C. Lawson 1-0-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS EM — K. Baier 1, H. Cedarblade 1, E. Fasbender 2, K. King 1, G. Peterson 1, A. Gunderson-Morris 1.