By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — For the second time in less than a week, Glenwood City’s game came down to the last second.
And for the second time in less than a week, a second was all they needed.
Junior Riley Schutz had saved the Glenwood squad when he rebounded his own miss and hit for two points to lift the Toppers to a thrilling 44-42 victory over Mondovi on February 9.
He then pulled down a rebound off a teammate’s miss late in the Toppers’ February 14 home contest against the Bulldogs and put shot off the glass for two and a one-point lead. Boyceville had a chance to nab the go-ahead basket, but Glenwood City grabbed the rebound off Luke Knudtson’s missed shot which forced the Dogs to foul with only 2.9 seconds on the clock.
Until that point, Boyceville had incurred just two fouls in the second-half of the game. Glenwood City successfully inbounded the ball three times in a 2.8-second span and drew fouls each time. With just .1 left on the clock, the Toppers fired the ball down the court to Hadin DeSmith, who tipped the ball as it went past him to expire the clock and gave the Hilltoppers a 53-52 win.
The victory lifted the Glenwood City team to 4-8 in the Dunn-St. Croix, while the loss dropped the Dogs to 2-10.
“It was an extremely hard-fought game,” Glenwood City head coach Tristan Kittilson said. “It came all the way down to the final seconds.”
Glenwood City started the game with a lead, which the Boyceville squad reduced to a score of 16-15 differential before going on a 6-0 run to earn a 21-16 lead. The Toppers fought their way back, knotting the score at 23 as both teams left the court for halftime.
The Hilltoppers snagged the lead again in the second half and were ahead 36-34 with 11 minutes left to play when Bulldog junior Bryce Boda struck three times from outside the arc to give Boyceville a 43-38 advantage.
The Glenwood squad continued to force its way back to within one point with 4:13 to go when sophomore Tanner Davis sent in a three-point shot to give the Toppers their first lead in nearly eight minutes with a score of 49-47.
Cooper Boesl hit a two-point shot to pull the Bulldogs even with the Toppers with 49 points, but Glenwood’s Dillon Hierlmeier gave the Hilltoppers the lead back at 1:34 and a score of 51-49.
Bulldog Luke Knudtson made a bucket and was fouled, sinking the free throw to give Boyceville a 52-51 lead, but then the Hilltoppers struck with Schutz’s rebound basket from Knudtson’s missed shot at 2.9 seconds.
Schutz recorded an impressive 19 points, but was overshadowed by Boda, who scored 26 points in the game. The Boyceville junior missed his sole free throw try, but made up for that by hitting 11 field goals – seven for two points, and four for three.
Boyceville’s Luke Knudtson drilled in 17 points against the Hilltoppers by going three-for-three from the line, hitting a pair of threes, and getting four more baskets for two apiece. On the Hilltoppers’ side, sophomore Dillon Hierlmeier picked up 16 points with four inside shots for two, a single three-pointer, and five charity throws.
Glenwood City also saw contributions from Hadin DeSmith, Tanner Davis and Allen Croes. DeSmith logged eight points with four field goals, Davis was good for a pair of field goals and a three to earn seven points, and Croes hit a field goal and a free throw for three points.
On the Bulldogs’ side of the court, defensive anchor Jayson Gonzalez picked up four points, Brendan Sempf earned three, and Cooper Boesl scored two.
The Toppers headed to Colfax for a February 17 contest against the Vikings before finishing the regular season in Elk Mound on February 23. The Bulldogs hosted Mondovi on February 17 and are scheduled for a road trip to Durand for their final game this season also on February 23.
BOYCEVILLE 52, GLENWOOD CITY 53
Boyceville………………………..23 29 — 52
Glenwood City…………………23 30 — 53
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Boyceville (14-3-11-52) B. Boda 7-0-2-26, C. Boesl 1-0-3-2, B. Sempf 0-0-0-3, J. Gonzalez 2-0-4-4, B. Larson 0-0-2-0, L. Knudtson 4-3-0-17.
Glenwood City (19-6-11-53) D. Hierlmeier 4-5-4-16, P. Hill 0-0-1-0, H. DeSmith 4-0-2-8, Q. Taylor 0-0-1-0, R. Schutz 8-0-1-19, T. Davis 2-0-0-7, A. Croes 1-1-2-3.
THREE-POINTERS B — B. Boda 4, B. Sempf 1, L. Knudtson 2; GC — D. Hierlmeier 1, R. Schutz 1, T. Davis 1.