By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City girls’ basketball team got off to a 7-2 lead to open up their contest against Boyceville last Tuesday, but then Jolene Bird’s Lady Bulldogs came roaring back into the game.
The Boyceville girls went on a 10-point run to nab a 12-7 lead, but then the Toppers got back into the December 12 game to knot things up at 16 when both squads broke for halftime.
[emember_protected] The first nearly five minutes of the second half went slowly until Glenwood City senior Emily Hill hit the back end of a two-shot trip to the line with 12:22 still to play. The single point gave the Lady Hilltoppers the lead for good at 17-16, and they went on to win the contest 31-17 as the Bulldogs score just one point in the final 18 minutes of play.
Glenwood City coach Dean Fayerweather said the first half was not a good one for the Lady Toppers.
“They had 12 turnovers in the first 12 possessions. We were able to settle down enough to come back and tie the game at halftime,” he explained. “It was nice to come out the second half and limit Boyceville to one shot on goal and no field goals.”
Fayerweather said games against Boyceville are always tough, and he respects Bulldog coach Jolene Bird and her coaching style.
The Boyceville coach said her team’s poor shooting in the second half was the difference in the ball game.
“We had plenty of opportunity, but could not find a way to put the ball in the hole,” she said a few days later. “We have to find a way to score and not let opportunities for wins slip by us.”
Despite the lackluster first half, the Glenwood City girls seemed to wake up after Hill’s free throw to give them the lead in the second. Senior Jenesa Klinger drilled a three-point shot and drew a foul. She picked up the plus one, giving the Toppers a 21-16 edge.
The Hilltoppers spent the next few minutes slowly grinding their way to a 30-16 lead with just 1:21 left in the game.
In contrast, the Lady Bulldogs finally scored with 59.3 left to play when freshman Kady Grambow dropped in the second of two free throws to make the scoreboard read 30-17.
Glenwood City was able to sink one more free throw to take the W for the evening’s work.
Bird said her Lady Bulldogs were 0-9 from the arc and 0-13 on two-point shots in the second half, while Glenwood City’s stats indicate the team put in just three field goals – and only one three – in the final 18 minutes.
Hilltopper junior Olivia Scalze was responsible for the game’s highest individual score after picking up seven points against the Bulldogs. Hanna Strehlo logged six points, Mariah Voeltz and Delaney Quinn each picked up five, and Emily Hill dropped in two of six free throw attempts.
On the Boyceville side, senior Marissa Dormanen reeled in five points, Tyra Kostman, Naomi Hillman and Emma Ouellette recorded three, Taylor Grambow put in a field goal for two, and Kady Grambow had the single shot from the line to earn one point.
The Hilltoppers went on to play at Durand December 14, and will face the Blackhawks at Baldwin-Woodville December 21 before taking a break for the Christmas holiday. They will take on Osceola December 28 and Ellsworth December 29 as part of their home holiday tournament. The team will start 2018 with a non-conference contest January 5.
The Bulldogs will head to Cameron December 21, and will not be in action again until January 2, when they take on Amery at home.
BOYCEVILLE 17, GLENWOOD CITY 31
Boyceville………….…….……16 1 — 17
Elk Mound……………..……..16 15 — 31
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Boyceville (5-3-19-17) — R. Prestrud 0-0-3-0, E. Ouellette 1-0-4-3, A. Bloom 0-0-1-0, N. Hillman 1-0-4-3, K. Grambow 0-1-0-1, T. Kostman 1-0-0-3, T. Grambow 1-0-3-2, M. Dormanen 1-2-3-5, A. Evenson 0-0-1-0.
Glenwood City (9-11-10-31) — J. Klinger 2-1-4-6, M. Voeltz 0-5-2-5, D. Quinn 1-2-0-5, H. Strehlo 3-0-0-6, A. Curvello 0-0-1-0, O. Scalze 3-1-2-7, E. Hill 0-2-1-2.
B — E. Ouellette 1, N. Hillman 1, T. Kostman 1, M. Dormanen 1; GC — J. Klinger 1, D. Quinn 1. [/emember_protected]