By Cara L. Dempski
With a pair of non-conference contest on last week’s slate, the Glenwood City boys’ basketball team started with a loss but ended with a big win as the squad prepared for its annual home holiday basketball tournament today and tomorrow (December 27 and 28).
Coach Tristan Kittilson and his Hilltopper boys headed to Baldwin to take on the Blackhawks December 19. Glenwood City came up just short in a 57-53 loss to Baldwin-Woodville.
[emember_protected] The Hilltoppers rebounded nicely at home a few days later. A big first-half scoring run foreshadowed an offensive explosion in the second half as the Toppers went on to post a 78-44 win over Clayton on Thursday, December 21.
The Toppers entered the Christmas break even at 4-4 in all games and are 2-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix. The boys are set to host Somerset today (December 27) and Ellsworth tomorrow (December 28) in their own Holiday Invitationals. Glenwood City will step back into conference competition on January 5 when they travel to Colfax to play the D-SC co-leaders.
Kittilson opened his comments about the December 19 game at Baldwin-Woodville by apologizing for sounding somewhat repetitious.
“I’m starting to sound like a broken record,” he began. “We are playing hard and putting forth great effort at times, but still making too many mental errors and mistakes.”
He said those issues, combined with poor shooting, is what keeps the team from getting over the hump for more wins. The result of the contest was a 57-53 loss for Glenwood City that dropped the Toppers to 3-4 overall.
Senior Riley Schutz had his best game this season when he scored 21 points for the Hilltoppers. Quinn Taylor put up 10 points, and Hadin DeSmith and Tanner Davis each logged eight points. Pete Hill and Dillon Hierlmeier recorded three points each with field goals plus one.
Baldwin-Woodville’s highest-scoring player was Isaac Nilssen, who picked up 16 points in the contest.
GLENWOOD CITY 53, BALDWIN-WOODVILLE 57
Glenwood City……….………25 28 — 53
Baldwin-Woodville…………..31 26 — 57
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (17-12-17-53) — D. Hierlmeier 1-1-5-3, P. Hill 1-1-1-3, H. DeSmith 3-0-4-8, Q. Taylor 2-4-1-10, R. Schutz 8-5-4-21, T. Davis 2-3-2-8.
Baldwin-Woodville (21-8-19-57) — D. Johnson 1-0-4-3, R. Roemhild 3-2-2-11, S. Benoy 1-0-0-3, Z. Nilssen 1-0-1-2, W. Weyer 4-0-4-8, C. Benson 1-0-2-2, A. Klopp 5-1-3-12, I. Nilssen 5-5-3-16.
GC —H. DeSmith 2, T. Davis 1; BW — D. Johnson 1. R. Roemhild 3, S. Benoy 1, A. Klopp 1, I. Nilssen 1.
A double-digits scoring run helped Glenwood City break an early first-half tie with visiting Clayton last Thursday, December 21 and set the stage for a second-half scoring bonanza as the Toppers hit six of their seven three-pointers in the final 18 minutes of play for a convincing 78-44 non-conference victory over the Bears.
With the game knotted at five all with just five minutes gone in the December 21 contest, Glenwood City embarked on 17-0 run over the next seven plus minutes that propelled the Hilltoppers to a 22-5 lead, one they would not relinquish en route to a huge 78-44 win.
In fact, the run was just a taste of things to come for the local squad as Glenwood City erupted to score 48 second half points in the second half including seven treys.
“It was a great effort tonight,” said Toppers’ head coach Tristan Kittilson of the 34-point victory. “Every last player got in the game and showed a lot of great potential.”
Coach Kittilson also singled out senior Riley Schutz with praise after he lead the way to the Toppers’ win with game-leading 24 points.
“Riley Schutz turned in another great all around effort!” said the coach.
Schutz was a force to be reckoned with throughout the contest scoring 13 points in the opening half of play and 11 more in the second. He kicked off the big first half run with three consecutive hoops and was joined in the scoring splurge by guards Dillion Hierlmeier, who netted eight of his nine points in the first half, and Pete Hill scoring all six of his points in the first half to give GC a 30-17 lead at the intermission.
Glenwood City’s offense revved up even more in the second half of action. While Hierlmeier continued to score unabated, other players emerged for the Hilltoppers.
Tanner Davis, who finished with ten points, kicked off Glenwood City’s three-point parade with back-to-back treys that really lit the Toppers’ offensive flame. Freshman Brandyn Hallquist came off the bench and nailed a quartet of triples to finish with 15 points.
In fact, as Coach Kittilson stated, Glenwood City’s entire bench received quality playing time as the Toppers’ lead grew past 25 points to more than 30 in the later stages of the game. Sophomores Ethan Hanson and Dan Loring score four and two points respectively and freshman Gavin Janson finished with three points in helping the Hilltoppers pour in 48 second-half points for the 78-44 win.
GLENWOOD CITY 78, CLAYTON 44
Glenwood City……………….30 48 — 78
Clayton………………………..17 27 — 44
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (31-9-9-78) — D. Hierlmeier 3-2-2-9, P. Hill 3-0-0-6, J. Nelson 0-0-2-0, H. DeSmith 0-0-1-0, G. Janson 1-1-0-3, Q. Taylor 2-1-0-5, R. Schutz 10-4-1-24, B. Hallquist 4-1-1-15, E. Hanson 2-0-0-4, D. Loring 1-0-2-2, T. Davis 4-0-0-10.
Clayton (16-10-10-44) — G. Lewis 2-4-0-8, B. Johnson 1-0-1-2, A. Tilton 4-1-4-9, A. Schradle 2-4-0-8, C. Dotseth 5-0-3-12, C.J. Manske 2-1-2-5.
GC — T. Davis 2, B. Hallquist 4, Dillon Hierlmeier 1; Clayton — C. Dotseth 2. [/emember_protected]