By Cara L. Dempski
It has been a while since the Glenwood City ladies had a record at .500, much less above it, but the team got there this past week.
Dean Fayerweather and the Lady Hilltoppers hit the road to Spring Valley December 5 for their first Dunn-St. Croix contest of the season. They headed back home later that evening on the top side of a 38-35 score and an even 2-2 record.
The Toppers stayed home last Friday, December 8 to host Mondovi. Glenwood City had a lead with just about a minute left to play, but the Buffaloes forced overtime with a three-point shot and then went on a seven-point run to open overtime and eventually won the contest 55-50.
With the first week of conference competition over, the Hilltoppers are 1-1 in the D-SC and 2-3 overall. They hosted Boyceville December 12, and head to Durand tomorrow, December 14. The Glenwood City girls will play a non-conference contest at Baldwin-Woodville December 21 before taking a short break prior to the annual home holiday tournament set for December 27 and 28.
Fayerweather said one of the big things the Hilltoppers did at Spring Valley to garner the win was nab enough rebounds to provide plenty of second and third chance shots.
“I thought we did well at Spring Valley, and did good things we lacked in the other games,” he said several days after the game.
Glenwood City took a trip to take on the Cardinals December 5, and walked away with a five-point win to go 1-0 to start the conference season. The Toppers’ coach said the Cards are a scrappy team that never gave up, and felt the GC ladies were well-matched with their opponent.
The Hilltoppers led by four, 16-12, at halftime, and extended their lead to five by the final buzzer for a score of 38-35.
Senior Jenesa Klinger led the team with 15 points, Hanna Strehlo logged eight, Mariah Voeltz picked up six, Delaney Quinn scored four, Alexys Curvello recorded three, and Olivia Scalze added on two.
Spring Valley’s highest-scoring player was Camryn Wegener with 12 points.
GLENWOOD CITY 38, SPRING VALLEY 35
Glenwood City……………….16 22 — 38
Spring Valley………………….12 23 — 35
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (11-11-9-38) — J. Klinger 4-6-2-15, M. Voeltz 1-2-2-6, D. Quinn 1-1-2-4, M. O’Brien 0-0-1-0, H. Strehlo 3-2-1-8, A. Curvello 1-0-1-3, O. Scalze 1-0-0-2.
Spring Valley (12-5-19-33) — C. Wegener 4-3-2-12, T. Cipriano 2-0-1-5, E. Stans 0-0-2-0, B. O’Brien 1-0-4-2, L. Wittmer 2-0-2-4, A. Johansen 3-2-5-10, M. Rustad 0-0-3-0.
GC — J. Klinger 1, D. Quinn 1; SV — C. Wegener 1, T. Cipriano 1, A. Johansen 2.
The Lady Toppers’ Friday night matchup against Mondovi could have been a winning night.
Glenwood City held a five-point lead with approximately one minute to play when the Lady Buffaloes nailed a pair of charity throws and then banked in a free throw to tie the game up at 45 apiece.
Then the Buffs went on a seven-point run to open the overtime period, while the Hilltoppers struggled to get shots to fall from the free throw line. The result of the December 8 conference matchup was a 55-50 overtime win for the Buffaloes.
Hilltopper head coach Dean Fayerweather was pleased with his team despite the loss.
“The ladies played very good ball against Mondovi,” he said several days later. “Our goal was to shut down their best player (Haley Poeschl), but that did not happen. Another player for Mondovi (Emily Flaskrud) came out of nowhere to score five three-pointers, which hurt us.”
Klinger led the Lady Toppers with 17 points, Quinn picked up 15, Strehlo recorded eight, Cortney Lawson and Emily Hill each scored three, and Voeltz and Makayla O’Brien logged two points each.
Buffalo Haley Poeschl copped the game’s highest score with 28 points.
MONDOVI 55, GLENWOOD CITY 50
Mondovi………………………23 22 10 — 55
Glenwood City………………22 23 5 — 50
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Mondovi (20-7-22-55) — C. Buchholz 0-0-1-0, H. Poeschl 12-1-5-28, M. Rud 1-0-2-2, A. Everson 0-0-2-0, R. Evans 1-0-2-2, K. Everson 1-1-2-3, M. Akina 0-0-1-0, E. Flaskrud 5-2-3-17, J. Zacharias 0-3-4-3.
Glenwood City (16-13-17-50) — J. Klinger 5-5-5-17, M. Voeltz 1-0-2-2, D. Quinn 5-3-5-15, M. O’Brien 0-2-0-2, H. Strehlo 3-2-0-8, O. Scalze 0-0-3-0, C. Lawson 1-0-1-3, E. Hill 1-1-1-3.
M — H. Poeschl 3, E. Flaskrud 5; GC — J. Klinger 2, D. Quinn 2, C. Lawson 1.