By Cara L. Dempski
The Hilltopper boys’ basketball squad has lost more games than it has won this season.
So, it was a surprise when the Glenwood City team earned its second win in a week on February 10 at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond. The Toppers played to a 55-52 finish over the Panthers just one night after junior Riley Schutz’s buzzer-beating shot gave them the 44-42 edge over Mondovi.
Glenwood City then returned to its home court on February 13 for a conference contest featuring Durand’s Panthers. The Toppers trailed by 18 at halftime, and succumbed to this week’s Panthers 76-47.
The Hilltoppers are headed for a pair of tough road games between this week and next week. Glenwood City heads to Colfax for a February 17 contest against the Vikings, a team they have already beaten this season, before taking a week-long break. They will go to Elk Mound on February 23 for their final regular game this season.
Glenwood City has a conference record of 3-8 and is 5-13 overall this season.
St. Croix Central
In the end, the game came down to who could score more points in the second half. The Hilltoppers simply scored more on February 10 at St. Croix Central. Three points more, to be exact.
The game was knotted at 27 points when the buzzer sounded to end the first half. Glenwood City earned its win with a hard fight in the final 18 minutes of the game to prevail in only its fifth game this season with a 55-52 win over the Panthers.
Riley Schutz seemingly could not be contained as he put together a game-high 26 points to assist his team to the win. While he hit only one of three free throws, Schutz nailed three of his five three-point attempts and 11 of his 13 two-point shots.
Dillon Hierlmeier scored 12 more points for the team, and Allen Croes dropped in seven points. Hadin DeSmith contributed four, and Quinn Taylor and Tanner Davis each scored three points.
St. Croix Central’s Trevor Nelson scored 16 points to lead the Panther offense.
GLENWOOD CITY 55, ST. CROIX CENTRAL 52
Glenwood City…………………..27 28 — 55
St. Croix Central………………..27 25 — 52
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (17-16-8-55) D. Hierlmeier 4-2-3-12, H. DeSmith 1-2-1-4, Q. Taylor 0-3-0-3, R. Schutz 11-1-1-26, T. Davis 1-1-2-3, A. Croes 0-7-1-7.
St. Croix Central (22-2-22-52) B. Williquett 0-0-1-0, C. Nelson 0-0-4-0, O. Schwechler 1-0-1-5, M. Brandeen 3-0-3-12, J. Tilton 1-0-1-2, P. Nogal 6-0-4-15, T. Nelson 7-2-5-16, W. Soderberg 3-0-2-12, A. Kopacz 0-0-1-0, J. Pribnow 1-0-0-2.
THREE-POINTERS GC — D. Hierlmeier 2, R. Schutz 3; SCC — O. Schwechler 1, M. Brandeen 2, P. Nogal 1, W. Soderberg 2.
The Hilltoppers might have been feeling confident after their first back-to-back wins of the season last Thursday and Friday against Mondovi and St. Croix Central, but the confidence was not reflected on the scoreboard in their February 13 home contest against Durand.
It might be hard to feel confident when your opponent drains as many three-point shots as you have free throw attempts.
Riley Schutz, who led the Glenwood City boys’ squad with 26 points against St. Croix Central, managed to scrape together only 11 points against Durand’s Panthers. He held the only double-digit score for the Toppers and led the team offensively.
Pete Hill trailed Schutz by two points, earning nine with a single three-point shot and six-of-six shots from the line. Dillon Hierlmeier and Hadin DeSmith tied at eight points apiece, Quinn Taylor fired in a field goal and two free shots for four points, Dan Loring hit a three-pointer, and Tanner Davis and Allen Croes each recorded two points.
The game’s highest-scoring player was Durand’s Reid Hansen, who reeled in 22 points and was four-for-four from the free throw line.
DURAND 76, GLENWOOD CITY 47
Durand…………………………….40 36 — 76
Glenwood City………………….22 25 — 47
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Durand (12-7-15-76) B. Sabelko 0-0-1-12, G. Polzer 2-2-3-6, W. Berger 2-0-2-10, E. Bauer 0-0-2-3, N. Siebenaler 1-0-2-2, R. Hansen 3-4-1-22, T. Tulip 1-0-0-2, B. Schlosser 2-1-1-8, R. Radle 1-0-1-5, J. Anibas 0-0-2-0.
Glenwood City (10-11-15-47) D. Hierlmeier 2-1-2-8, P. Hill 0-6-2-9, H. DeSmith 2-2-5-8, D. Loring 0-0-0-3, Q. Taylor 1-2-1-4, R. Schutz 4-0-3-11, T. Davis 1-0-0-2, W. Rosenow 0-0-2-0, A Croes 1-0-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS D — B. Sabelko 4, W. Berger 2, E. Bauer 3, R. Hansen 4, B. Schlosser 1, R. Radle 1; GC — D. Hierlmeier 1, P. Hill 1, D. Loring 1, R. Schutz 1.