GLENWOOD CITY — Coach Tristan Kittilson and his Hilltopper boys had the fortune to play a pair of games at home last week, but faced a couple tough opponents coming out with a win and a loss in two tight games.
The Toppers started the week against Mondovi last Tuesday, December 12 and led by just one point after the first 18 minutes. Glenwood City gritted its teeth in the second half and an extra frame to get the job done for a 52-46 overtime victory against the Buffaloes.
Then three days later, the GC boys faced Durand at home in a Friday, December 15 contest. The Toppers coach said the game was a great one from start to finish, but in the end, the Panthers held on for a 66-62 win giving the Toppers their first conference defeat.
Glenwood City is currently 2-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 3-3 overall.
The Toppers played at Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, December 19 and are scheduled to face Clayton at home December 21 before taking on Somerset December 27 and Ellsworth December 28 as part of the home holiday tournament. The Toppers will kick off 2018 at home January 5 against Colfax.
The Hilltoppers may have beaten the Buffaloes at home December 12, but it wasn’t easy.
“It was another ‘grind it out’ game,” head coach Tristan Kittilson said the following day. “We played a short-handed Mondovi team, and they gave it a great fight.”
The teams were tied at 19 at half and 41 after regulation time ended.
But Glenwood City took control of the contest in the four-minute overtime period, outscoring Mondovi 11 to five to earn a hard fought 52-46 win to stay undefeated in the conference play.
Hadin DeSmith was the game’s star after chalking up 19 points for the Hilltoppers, including shooting 100 percent from the line. Senior Riley Schutz reeled in 12 points, Dillon Hierlmeier scored eight, Quinn Taylor added seven, and Pete Hill, Brandyn Hallquist and Tanner Davis all recorded two.
Owen Schultz was Mondovi’s top scorer with 13 points.
MONDOVI 46, GLENWOOD CITY 52
Mondovi…………………………..19 27 — 46
Glenwood City…………………..20 32 — 52
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Mondovi (16-9-13-46) — B. Christopherson 1-0-1-3, C. Johnson 4-2-3-10, R. Fath 2-0-1-5, J. Falkner 2-1-0-5, O. Schultz 5-1-3-13, K. Fuentes 2-3-1-8, G. Gifford 0-2-4-2.
Glenwood City (19-11-13-52) — D. Hierlmeier 1-5-4-8, P. Hill 1-0-2-2, H. DeSmith 8-2-2-19, Q. Taylor 2-2-1-7, R. Schutz 5-2-4-12, B. Hallquist 1-0-0-2, T. Davis 1-0-0-2.
M — B. Christopherson 1, R. Fath 1, K. Fuentes 1; GC — D. Hierlmeier 1, H. DeSmith 1, R. Schutz 1.
Coach Kittilson had a relatively simple take on his team’s four-point home loss to Durand last Friday.
“Durand just made more plays than us,” he said. “I thought my team played really hard, and did a lot of nice things to build on moving forward.”
The outcome of the Hilltoppers’ December 15 home game against the Panthers, a 66-62 loss, might not have been what Kittilson and his team were looking for, but it did leave the team at third place in this year’s Dunn-St. Croix behind the Panthers and Colfax.
The loss was made all the more poignant since the Toppers trailed by just two points with only 15 seconds left.
Schutz and DeSmith had big games, with the senior Schutz coming up with 21 points off 10 field goals and a free throw. DeSmith dropped in seven field goals and a couple charity shots to earn 18 points in the game. Junior Dillon Hierlmeier rounded out the double-digit crew with 14 points spread over five field goals and a free throw.
Glenwood City trailed by seven points at the intermission, 35-28, and outscored Durand in the second half 34-31 but could not manage to overtake the visitors at the final horn.
Tanner Davis contributed four points, Quinn Taylor added three more, and Pete Hill finished the score with two points.
Isaiah Whitman earned 16 points for the Panthers to lead Durand in scoring.
DURAND 66, GLENWOOD CITY 62
Durand……………………………..35 31 — 66
Glenwood City…………………..28 34 — 62
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Durand (23-11-13-66) — B. Sabelko 3-2-2-11, C. O’Keefe 2-0-0-5, E. Bauer 3-1-3-8, R. Radle 4-2-1-10, T. Tulip 3-0-2-7, I. Whitman 5-6-3-16, K. Humphrey 3-0-1-9, J. Anibas 0-0-1-0.
Glenwood City (25-7-14-62) — D. Hierlmeier 5-1-2-14, P. Hill 1-0-2-2, H. DeSmith 7-2-4-18, Q. Taylor 1-1-3-3, R. Schutz 10-1-3-21, T. Davis 1-2-0-4.
D — B. Sabelko 3, C. O’Keefe 1, E. Bauer 1, T. Tulip 1, K. Humphrey 1; GC — D. Hierlmeier 3, H. DeSmith 2.