By Cara L. Dempski
The Glenwood City girls’ basketball squad has won only two match-ups this season.
The first was a 52-51 non-conference thriller over Ellsworth during the Glenwood City holiday basketball tournament held between Christmas and New Year’s. The Lady Toppers topped conference opponent Mondovi 53-46 on January 27.
And they have not won a game since, though they came close with their February 7 loss to Boyceville in overtime.
The Toppers did not start their final regular-season week with a bang when they traveled to Hammond on February 14 to take on St. Croix Central. Glenwood returned home on the short end of a 59-39 final.
Head coach Dean Fayerweather and his team then took a trip to Elk Mound for their final Dunn-St. Croix and regular-season contest of the season last Thursday, February 16. The Mounders drilled the Toppers, 69-17, to claim a share of the D-SC championship with co-titlist Durand. It is the Elk Mound girls second consecutive conference crown.
The Elk Mound loss was Glenwood City’s sixth straight and 12h in the past 13 games and closed the door on a 2-20 regular season. The Lady Toppers finished in the D-SC cellar with a 1-13 mark. The 10th-seeded Toppers opened the Division 4 regional Tuesday (February 21) in Fall Creek against the number-seven seeded Crickets. The winner will advance to Friday’s semifinal against the second seed, Regis Ramblers in Eau Claire.
St. Croix Central
The Lady Hilltoppers have experienced some excellent opening halves in recent games. On February 7, the strong first half led to a strong second half that ended tied at regulation and forced overtime before the Toppers ultimately succumbed to the Bulldogs.
In Colfax on February 10, the Toppers stayed right with the Vikings all through the first 18 minutes, but then failed to carry that energy over into the second half.
It happened again on February 14 when the Glenwood City girls went to St. Croix Central.
“We were in the game the first half, and only down by seven points,” Head coach Dean Fayerweather explained. “We came out for the second half flat, and they jumped on us. We did not play the second half with the energy we did in the first half.”
The Panthers put together 30 points in the first half, while the Toppers gathered 23 points of their own to stick with the St. Croix Central girls in the opening 18 minutes. Glenwood City could not scrape together more than another 16 points in the second half, while the Panthers added another 29 to their score to win the game 59-39.
Jenesa Klinger again nabbed Glenwood City’s top score with 16 points. Sophomore Delaney Quinn contributed another 12 toward the final score, while Becca Moll added seven, and Hanna Strehlo and Jessyca Crossley each provided two more points.
St. Croix Central’s Mia Krogseng earned the most points in the game, scoring 20 points for the Panthers.
GLENWOOD CITY 39, ST. CROIX CENTRAL 59
Glenwood City…………………..23 16 — 39
St. Croix Central………………..30 29 — 59
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (9-9-10-39) J. Klinger 2-3-1-16, M. Voeltz 0-0-1-0, D. Quinn 4-1-0-12, H. Strehlo 1-0-3-2, B. Barstad 0-0-1-0, J. Johnson 0-0-1-0, J. Crossley 0-2-1-2, B. Moll 2-3-2-7.
St. Croix Central (19-4-14-59) J. Singleton 0-0-1-0, K. Cress 1-0-2-11, K. Cottrell 1-0-0-2, M. Johnson 0-0-1-0, K. Holter 1-0-1-2, M. Laventure 2-0-1-7, A. Edelman 0-0-3-3, M. Krogseng 9-2-4-20, C. Frankiewicz 5-2-0-14.
THREE-POINTERS GC — J. Klinger 3, D. Quinn 1; SCC — K. Cress 3, M. Laventure 1, A. Edelman 1, C. Frankiewicz 1.
It is hard to win basketball games when the opposing team outscores you by a 4:1 ratio.
The Hilltoppers found that out the hard way in Elk Mound on February 16 with a 69-17 loss to give the Mounders their final win and share in the DSC championship.
Glenwood City trailed 43-9 at the half, and things did not improve from there, as they could put only another eight points together in the second half as they went cold and were out scored 17-0 in the final ten minutes of the game.
Jenesa Klinger led the Hilltoppers with seven points, Delaney Quinn picked up three, Briana Barstad, Mariah Voeltz and Becca Moll earned two apiece, and Courtney Jo Lawson scored on a free throw for a single point.
Mounder senior Elizabeth Fasbender led the game with 13 points.
GLENWOOD CITY 17, ELK MOUND 69
Glenwood City……………………..9 8 — 17
Elk Mound………………………..43 26 — 69
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (4-3-15-17) J. Klinger 1-2-0-7, M. Voeltz 1-0-2-2, D. Quinn 0-0-3-3, M. Peterson 0-0-2-0, H. Strehlo 0-0-2-0, B. Barstad 1-0-2-2, J. Johnson 0-0-1-0, J. Crossley 0-0-1-0, B. Moll 1-0-1-2, C. Lawson 0-1-1-1.
Elk Mound (16-13-11-69) K. Baier 3-1-3-7, H. Cedarblade 0-0-0-3, A. Weber 0-4-1-7, E. Fasbender 2-0-2-13, M. Krall 0-2-0-2, R. Radtke 1-0-0-5, K. King 1-2-0-10, G. Peterson 1-3-1-5, A. Gunderson-Morris 2-0-3-4, M. Borofka 0-0-1-0, M. Radtke 5-1-0-11, C. Sweeney 1-0-0-2.
THREE-POINTERS GC — J. Klinger 1, D. Quinn 1; EM — H. Cedarblade 1, A. Weber 1, E. Fasbender 3, R. Radtke 1, K. King 2.