By Cara L. Dempski
The Glenwood City boys’ basketball team started off last week with a last-second loss, but rebounded to pick up its first conference win, and second overall victory of the season, later in the week.
The Hilltoppers kicked off the first full week of December with a non-conference contest at home against the Cadott Hornets. The game seemed slow at halftime, with the score tied at 16, but the Toppers and Hornets roared out of the gate in the final 18 minutes.
[emember_protected] Glenwood City fell in the last second after Cadott was awarded a pair of free throws and sunk both to win the December 4 game 55-53.
The Toppers headed to Spring Valley for its December 7 Dunn-St. Croix conference opener, where they took on the Cardinals and won, 43-42.
They finished the week with a trip to Grantsburg, where they lost to the Pirates 69-48.
The Hilltoppers are currently 2-2 overall, and 1-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
They faced Mondovi at home last evening, and host Durand December 15. The Toppers will take on the Blackhawks at Baldwin-Woodville December 19, and then host Clayton December 21.
According to Glenwood City head coach Tristan Kittilson, the Hilltoppers controlled their own destiny against the Hornets December 4.
“We’ve just got to play a little better basketball,” Kittilson said. “We don’t shoot free throws very well, we didn’t shoot the ball very well.”
The Toppers’ head coach said if the team had not missed as many layups, or committed as many fouls, or missed free throws, it could have won the game easily. Instead, the Hornets walked away with a 55-53 win after a literal last-second foul call gave them a pair of charity throws.
The game was tied at just 16 points when both teams headed to the locker rooms for a break, but the Hilltoppers and Hornets seemed to relax and find a better, faster flow in the final 18 minutes of the game. The two teams traded holding the lead throughout the second half.
Hadin DeSmith knotted up the score at 53 with just 5.5 seconds left to play, but when the ball got down to the other end of the court on the ensuing inbounds pass, the Hornets seemingly could not find an opening to shoot.
The buzzer sounded, but one of the officials argued he spotted a foul on a Cadott player just .5 seconds before time ran out, and after a brief discussion, the Hornets were allowed two free throws.
Both went right through the hoop without so much as a bounce or ricochet.
Junior Dillon Hierlmeier logged the game’s highest score with 26 points, DeSmith nabbed another 11, Riley Schutz picked up six points, Brandyn Hallquist and Tanner Davis each recorded four, and Quinn Taylor dropped in a field goal for two.
Hornet Mason Poehls led Cadott with 16 points.
CADOTT 55, GLENWOOD CITY 53
Cadott………………..……..…16 39 — 55
Glenwood City…………..……16 37 — 53
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Cadott (18-13-17-55) — A. Hinteman 1-0-2-2, M. Emery 3-0-1-6, G. Roth 1-2-3-5, M. Drilling 3-5-3-12, J. Starck 3-0-2-6, C. Bowe 1-0-2-2, M. Poehls 4-4-0-16, N. Nesvacil 2-2-4-6.
Glenwood City (21-6-17-53) — D. Hierlmeier 10-2-4-26, P. Hill 0-0-3-0, H. DeSmith 4-2-4-11, Q. Taylor 1-0-1-2, R. Schutz 3-0-4-6, B. Hallquist 2-0-0-4, T. Davis 1-1-1-4.
C — G. Roth 1, M. Drilling 1, M. Poehls 4; GC — D. Hierlmeier 3, H. DeSmith 1, T. Davis 1.
Kittilson was clearly excited when he sent his email update about the Hilltoppers’ D-SC opener, and said the GC boys were lucky to come out on the winning end at Spring Valley December 7.
After all, the last time the Hilltoppers beat Rob Bosshart’s Cardinals was February 9, 2015.
Glenwood City trailed by three points at the half, but came away from the Cardinals’ home court with a 43-42 win to move to 1-0 in the conference.
“It was an awesome game,” Kittilson’s email began. “Coach Bosshart does such a great job, his program and players are always first class, and play so hard. It was a hard-fought battle by both teams.”
The Hilltopper head coach said the game was a great team effort from start to finish, and the score book seems to mimic that with the ball shared well between players. DeSmith and Schutz led the team effort with 13 points each, Hierlmeier added seven, Davis chalked up five points, Taylor added three, and Pete Hill recorded two.
Spring Valley’s two highest-scoring players were Tyson Kado and Aaron Borgerding with 11 points each.
GLENWOOD CITY 43, SPRING VALLEY 42
Glenwood City……….………24 19 — 43
Spring Valley……….………..27 15 — 42
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (16-8-13-43) — D. Hierlmeier 2-2-4-7, P. Hill 1-0-1-2, H. DeSmith 6-0-3-13, Q. Taylor 1-1-0-3, R. Schutz 4-4-3-13, T. Davis 2-1-2-5.
Spring Valley (15-7-17-42) — M. Bauer 0-0-2-0, J. Walkky 1-0-1-3, A. Borgerding 3-4-0-11, L. McMurrin 0-0-2-0, C. Anderson 0-1-4-1, D. Bosshart 3-1-1-10, T. Kado 5-1-4-11, Z. Williams 3-0-3-6.
GC — D. Hierlmeier 1, H. DeSmith 1, R. Schutz 1; SV — J. Walkky 1, A. Borgerding 1, D. Bosshart 3.
According to Kittilson, the Hilltoppers did not play their best ball against Grantsburg December 9, and it resulted in a 69-48 loss.
“We did not handle their pressure defense well, and couldn’t match their intensity,” Kittilson said later.
The Toppers trailed by 22 at the half, but the team showed some fight in the second half, making it a 12-point game with eight minutes left, but it was a rally too late.
Davis picked up 13 points against the Pirates, and Hierlmeier logged 11. Taylor and Schutz tied with seven points each, Hill recorded six, and Hadin DeSmith put up four.
The game’s highest-scoring player was Pirate Jared Van Watermeulen, who scored 17.
GLENWOOD CITY 48, GRANTSBURG 69
Glenwood City…………………..10 38 — 48
Grantsburg……………………….32 37 — 69
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (19-6-20-48) — D. Hierlmeier 3-2-4-11, P. Hill 3-0-2-6, H. DeSmith 2-0-5-4, Q. Taylor 2-3-2-7, R. Schutz 3-1-4-7, B. Hallquist 0-0-1-0, T. Davis 6-0-2-13.
Grantsburg (26-11-12-69) — T. Brande 3-1-1-8, L. Anderson 0-4-0-4, J. Duncan 1-0-1-2, D. MacKean 0-0-1-0, J. Christad 1-2-2-5, A. Wedin 2-1-1-7, J. Chenal 8-0-3-16, G. Chenal 3-2-2-8, J. Van Watermeulen 8-1-1-17.
GC — D. Hierlmeier 3, T. Davis 1; G — T. Brande 1, J. Christad 1, A. Wedin 2. [/emember_protected]