By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The Lady Hilltoppers countered last week’s snow and cold by heating up their home court against a pair of Middle Border teams in this year’s home holiday tournament.
The Toppers played the marquee game December 27 to round out the first day of competition, and took on the Division 3 Osceola squad. Glenwood City kept pace with the Chieftains for much of the game before falling behind late to suffer a 61-52 loss.
[emember_protected] Coach Dean Fayerweather and his GC girls hit the court again December 28 against another Division 3 foe in Ellsworth. The Toppers picked up their first win against the Panthers in the match-up last year, but fell to the team this year 68-58.
Glenwood City entered this week with a 3-7 record overall and 2-2 in the Dunn-St. Croix. The Hilltoppers travel to Colfax on Thursday, January 4, and then to Clear Lake January 5, before heading to Elk Mound January 9.
Sometimes, scoreboards do not reflect the biggest wins in games or matches.
For instance, Glenwood City may have lost its December 27 home contest against Osceola 61-52, but coach Dean Fayerweather still saw a lot of good in the game.
“We did what we wanted to do: we shut 42 (Osceola’s Katie Haase) down. We did it, she got in foul trouble and didn’t play much,” the Hilltopper coach explained.
The rest of the home squad’s moral victory was a 66.7 free-throw percentage after going 14-21 from the line against the Lady Chieftains. Overall, Fayerweather was pleased with how his team played a team one division higher.
“This is what makes us better come conference time,” he said.
Osceola got on the board first, but Glenwood City tied things up at two when senior Mariah Voeltz stepped up to the line and dropped in both throws with 15:29 to go until halftime. The two teams kept up a cat-and-mouse, tit-for-tat type of game, with the Hilltoppers trailing by just three when both squads headed to the locker room for a break.
Glenwood City pulled to within one point early in the second half, and managed to keep coming back to that point no matter how hard the Osceola ladies tried to break the game open until there was just 5:32 left to play.
Then, the Chieftains seemed to find ample opportunity to keep the Toppers in check and scrabbled together enough baskets to lead by nine when the final buzzer sounded.
Hilltopper junior Delaney Quinn led the home team with 15 points, Hanna Strehlo picked up 12, Olivia Scalze dropped in a pair of field goals for four, Jenesa Klinger and Voeltz tied with three each, and Cortney Lawson and Emily Hill each added two points.
The game’s highest-scoring player was Chieftain Alyssa Pauley.
OSCEOLA 61, GLENWOOD CITY 52
Osceola……………………………22 39 — 61
Glenwood City………………….19 33 — 52
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Osceola (19-20-16-61) — M. Campeau 3-5-1-11, M. Johnson 4-3-3-11, E. Fox 1-2-0-5, A. Pauley 3-9-1-17, M. Quigley 1-1-2-3, B. Bents 2-0-4-4, M. Doll 1-0-0-2, K. Haase 4-0-5-8.
Glenwood City (18-14-19-52) — J. Klinger 3-1-5-8, M. Voeltz 2-4-4-8, D. Quinn 4-7-0-15, H. Strehlo 4-2-2-10, A. Curvello 1-0-3-3, O. Scalze 2-0-1-4, D. Fayerweather 0-0-1-0, C. Lawson 1-0-1-2, E. Hill 1-0-2-2.
O — E. Fox 1, A. Pauley 2; GC — J. Klinger 1, A. Curvello 1.
For a second night in a row, the Glenwood City girls did exactly what Fayerweather asked of them: they shut down their opponent’s top player by limiting Ellsworth freshman Autumn Earney to just eight points in the game.
Unfortunately, the Lady Toppers did not count on Panther sophomore Kaitlyn Nugent, who made up Earney’s slack by recording 25 points of her own. The result was a December 28 Hilltopper loss to Ellsworth after playing to a 68-58 finish.
“We started out fine,” Fayerweather said after the game. “I think we’re just tired. I hate coming off from days off and having to play a game. I almost thought of having them in at nine this morning for a shoot-around to get them up out of bed, but it’s the holidays. It’s Christmas, and they need to be with family because we’re on a big stretch coming up.”
It is to Glenwood City’s credit that they never fully gave in to the Panthers, more so after losing their star shooter of the night, Delaney Quinn, midway through the second half. The junior had gone up for a shot when her legs were swept out from under her, sending her to her hands, knees, and forehead on the hardwood.
Even though she drew a foul, Fayerweather pulled her out of the game after noting a dazed look in Quinn’s eyes, sending Makayla O’Brien to the line for her while Quinn was checked out by the athletic trainer.
A short while later, the trainer and Quinn headed off the court, and the Glenwood coach said after the game the junior player’s status was day-to-day after she was placed in the concussion protocol.
“She (Quinn) hit her head pretty good, and she looked a little cross-eyed there, and mumbled when she was talking to us on court. It’s just a precaution,” Fayerweather said.
Despite playing only about 25 minutes of the game, Quinn led the contest with 26 points. Seniors Voeltz and Klinger had 14 and 12 points respectively, and Scalze, Delanie Fayerweather and Emily Hill each scored two.
Nugent reeled in 25 for the Panthers in the game.
ELLSWORTH 68, GLENWOOD CITY 58
Ellsworth…………………………..31 37 — 68
Glenwood City…………………..27 31 — 58
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Ellsworth (23-17-21-68) — E. Swanson 1-4-1-6, K. Nugent 9-5-3-25, T. Feuerhelm 1-1-4-3, N. Sigler 1-3-4-5, A. Reuvers 0-0-3-0, O. Lynner 6-4-0-17, M. Bach 1-0-1-3, C. Dahl 0-0-1-0, A. Earney 4-0-4-9.
Glenwood City (22-14-20-58) — J. Klinger 5-2-3-12, M. Voeltz 4-6-4-14, D. Quinn 11-4-1-26, M. O’Brien 0-0-1-0, H. Strehlo 0-0-3-0, A. Curvello 0-0-2-0, O. Scalze 1-0-3-2, D. Fayerweather 1-0-3-2, E. Hill 0-2-0-2.
E — K. Nugent 2, O. Lynner 2, M. Bach 1, A. Earney 1. [/emember_protected]