By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — It takes a good basketball team to keep a pair of players like George Scharlau and Ben Thompson relatively contained for a full 36 minutes.
The Glenwood City boys managed just that last Thursday, January 5 in Colfax, which made Vikings’ coach Garrett Maas very happy he had a handful of other talented players on which he could rely.
[emember_protected] “They (Glenwood City) took our top guys away,” Maas said after the game. “I thought we did a good job of having other guys step up. Treyton (Teige) had a good game for us, and Luke (Heidorn) made some big shots.”
Teige actually came away from the Vikings’ 61-50 win with a career-high 20 points, while Heidorn picked up 16 in the contest. While the duo were busy scoring, Scharlau and Thompson turned their attention to setting up screens to open up other players, making the victory a full team effort for Colfax.
It was actually the Hilltoppers who got on the board first, when Hadin DeSmith dropped in two before a minute had run off the clock. Teige tied the game about 30 seconds later with his own field goal before Marcus Reisdorf gave the Vikings a momentary lead with two more points at the 15:18 mark.
Glenwood City went on a nine-point run over the ensuing two minutes to lead 11-4 when DeSmith committed a foul on Scharlau as he sent up a three-point shot. The Colfax junior went to the line, and sank two of his three charity throws to trail by just five points.
Colfax tied things up at 14 a few minutes later on a three-point shot from Teige standing deep in the corner, before taking the 17-14 lead on a three-pointer from Scharlau.
The Toppers were not ready to quit, though, and took the lead back with 8:51 to play after a pair of shots courtesy of Quinn Taylor and DeSmith. Teige answered his team’s call with another corner shot for three to lift the Vikings to 20-18 before sophomore Ed Hydukovich put in two to lead by four.
The Vikings trailed by one point as the clocked dripped away toward the halftime break, but Thompson was able to bank a shot off the glass and through with just 3.2 on the clock to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room.
The second half went much the same way as the first, with a back-and-forth trade in scoring, but the big different was Colfax consistently maintaining its lead. It was not until the final 5:41 that the home team began to pull away from the Hilltoppers.
Maas credited the stronger performance in the second half to his defense.
“I really thought they stepped up pretty well in the second half,” he said after the game.
While Teige and Heidorn reeled in the game’s two highest scores, there were plenty of other Vikings sharing in the fun. Thompson actually picked up 11 points in the contest, Scharlau earned five, Hydukovich was good for four, and Reisdorf earned two.
DeSmith took top honors for the Hilltoppers with 13 points of his own.
Colfax will take its 4-0 Dunn-St. Croix record on the road Thursday for a meeting with the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves in Plum City before hosting Mondovi Tuesday. January 16. The team is 7-3 overall.
GLENWOOD CITY 50, COLFAX 61
Glenwood City………………..25 25 — 50
Colfax…………………………….26 35 — 61
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (21-3-19-50) — D. Hierlmeier 5-0-4-12, P. Hill 1-0-4-2, H. DeSmith 5-1-4-13, Q. Taylor 3-0-2-6, R. Schutz 5-2-3-12, T. Davis 2-0-2-5.
Colfax (19-14-11-61) — B. Thompson 5-1-1-11, G. Scharlau 1-5-5-8, E. Hydukovich 2-0-1-4, T. Teige 6-3-2-20, J. Hellmann 0-0-1-0, M. Reisdorf 1-0-0-2, L. Heidorn 4-5-1-16.
GC — D. Hierlmeier 2, H. DeSmith 2, T. Davis 1; C — G. Scharlau 1, T. Teige 5, L. Heidorn 3. [/emember_protected]