By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — You have to give the Glenwood City girls’ basketball squad credit: they didn’t just roll over right away and take a beating from the Vikings.
The Lady Toppers headed out on a road trip to Colfax last Friday for the finale of their home-and-home series with the Vikings and wound up losing 73-46 despite a stellar first half in the February 10 contest.
Coming off a tough 4-point, overtime loss at home against Boyceville just three days earlier left the Hilltoppers feeling they could stick with the Vikings, who share third place in the Dunn-St. Croix standings with the Bulldogs.
“I think confidence-wise, we could have won this,” head coach Dean Fayerweather said after the game. “After watching our film, if our big girls played well underneath, I knew we had a chance.”
The Toppers played like a team that wanted to win, and believed it could, in the first 18 minutes of the game. By stark contrast, Glenwood City had a hard time stopping the Vikes to start the second half, and soon the Colfax girls started dropping threes like crazy.
Fayerweather said he knew the Toppers were in trouble once that happened.
“Once they (Colfax) got hot with three-pointers, it’s hard to counter that,” the Glenwood coach said. “They shot us out of the game.”
Colfax senior Bryana Buchanan opened the contest with a solid three-point shot from near the right baseline, but the Hilltoppers answered with a conventional three less than 30 seconds later when Mariah Voeltz drew a foul going up to sink a two-point shot off the glass. Voeltz dropped in her charity throw, and the game was tied at three just 75 seconds into the game.
The Vikings raced out to a 7-3 lead at 13:18, but then Jenesa Klinger found the basket to put the Toppers within two.
Alyssa Dachel turned around and nailed a three at the 12:02 mark to make the score 10-5 in favor of Colfax.
The two teams traded scoring possessions for a few minutes before a three-point attempt from Dachel dropped right into Klinger’s hands.
The Hilltoppers’ junior raced to the other end of the court and the Toppers spent a minute or so trying to find the best shot before the ball wound up in Klinger’s hands again. She sent up a field goal from outside the arc, and it fell right through the center of the rim to give the Hilltoppers a 14-13 lead with 8:01 to play in the opening half.
Glenwood senior Becca Moll tied the game at 19 with a pair of free throws with 2:45 left in the first half, but Colfax’s squad turned up the heat on the Hilltoppers, and shot for nine more points before Savannah Henricks put up a three-point shot with 3.5 seconds left in the half.
Not to be outdone, Glenwood’s Delaney Quinn got a hold of the ball, and drew back her right arm to fire it at the basket from at least five feet past the half-court line and the ball dropped in for three points as the horn sounded, making the score 31-26 in the Vikings’ favor as both teams broke for the half.
The second half saw Colfax dial up their speed and defense to hold the Toppers to just 20 points while chalking up 42 points of their own.
Jenesa Klinger earned the top score for the game, shooting for a total of 21 points against a tough Colfax defense. Senior Becca Moll picked up 13 points total after only scoring on five of her six free throw attempts in the first half.
Delaney Quinn contributed seven points, and Mariah Voeltz nabbed five points.
Colfax players Alyssa Dachel and Ally Heidorn nabbed 15 points each to lead the Vikings.
The Toppers played St. Croix Central at home on February 14. They will close out the conference and regular seasons in Elk Mound tomorrow evening, February 16.
Glenwood City, currently 1-12 in D-SC play and 2-18 overall, earned a 10th-seed in its Division 4 sectional bracket and is scheduled to play at seventh-seeded Fall Creek next Tuesday, February 21 in the regional quarterfinals.
If the Toppers win, they would face second-seeded Eau Claire Regis, who had a first-round bye, in the Ramblers home gym on Friday, February 24.
GLENWOOD CITY 46, COLFAX 73
Glenwood City………………..26 20 — 46
Colfax……………………………31 42 — 73
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (10-11-10-46) J. Klinger 4-1-2-21, M. Voeltz 1-3-1-5, B. Moll 3-7-1-13, C. Lawson 0-0-1-0, D. Quinn 2-0-1-7. H. Strehlo 0-0-3-0, J. Johnson 0-0-1-0.
Colfax (16-2-17-73) A. Dachel 0-0-3-15, A. Heidorn 3-0-2-15, K. Meredith 2-0-4-4, S. Henricks 3-0-0-9, B. Buchanan 0-0-2-3, M. Schleusner 1-0-2-5, T. Irwin 2-0-1-7, E. Hurlburt 4-2-3-10, J. Steinke 1-0-0-2, J. Bowe 0-0-0-3.
THREE-POINTERS GC — J. Klinger 4, D. Quinn 1; C — A. Dachel 5, M. Schleusner 1, A. Heidorn 3, S. Henricks 1, T. Irwin 1, B. Buchanan 1, J. Bowe 1.