By Cara L. Dempski
If there were an award in the conference for sheer “stick-to-it” attitude, there is a good chance the Glenwood City girls would win it.
While the team started out last week with a 72-35 loss at Elk Mound January 9, there was a definite stubborn streak running through the Lady Toppers. Head coach Dean Fayerweather was pleased with his team’s overall performance against a strong Mounders’ squad.
The Hilltoppers stayed home to play Elmwood/Plum City last Friday, January 12, and fought hard, but fell to the Wolves 51-44 in the end.
[emember_protected] The girls have a 3-11 record overall, and are 2-5 in the Dunn-St. Croix. The team will host Spring Valley this Thursday, January 18 before heading to Mondovi next Tuesday, January 23.
If there was a saving grace to the Hilltoppers’ January 9 trip to Elk Mound, it was that they did not just roll over and take a beating, despite the 72-35 loss.
Still, Fayerweather would like his team to learn from the outcome of last Tuesday’s game against the Mounders.
“We need to stay focused as a team and try to move forward after this type of outcome,” the Hilltopper coach said a day later.
The Glenwood head coach named the Lady Mounders as one of the three toughest teams in the D-SC, and credited Elk Mound junior Morgan Radtke with much of the home team’s success. He said it is hard for the Toppers to go up against a good post player like Radtke, and doubly so when the Mounder junior’s supporting cast includes some good outside shooters.
The Lady Hilltoppers trailed by 26 at the half, but held Elk Mound to just 29 points in the second half of the loss.
Delaney Quinn returned to the floor in style after suffering a mild concussion during the Glenwood City Holiday tournament by scoring 15 against the Mounders. Jenesa Klinger added nine points, Mariah Voeltz, Olivia Scalze and Emily Hill each chalked up three points, and Hanna Strehlo logged two.
The game’s highest-scoring player was Elk Mound senior Allie Weber, who picked up 18 points in the game.
GLENWOOD CITY 35, ELK MOUND 72
Glenwood City……….………17 18 — 35
Elk Mound……………………43 29 — 72
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (11-12-16-35) — J. Klinger 2-4-4-9, M. Voeltz 1-1-3-3, D. Quinn 5-5-2-15, H. Strehlo 1-0-3-2, A. Curvello 0-0-2-0, O. Scalze 1-1-0-3, D. Fayerweather 0-0-1-0, C. Lawson 0-0-1-0, E. Hill 1-1-0-3.
Elk Mound (27-13-18-72) — M. Borofka 2-1-3-5, H. Cedarblade 2-1-2-5, A. Weber 6-2-2-18, A. Plaszcz 1-1-0-3, S. Simpson 1-0-0-2, H. Blaskowski 4-0-1-8, A. Gunderson-Morris 1-0-2-3, S. Cedarblade 0-0-1-0, T. Schaefer 1-0-1-2, M. Tamke 0-0-2-0, M. Radtke 5-3-2-13, K. Bridges 1-1-1-3, C. Sweeney 3-4-1-10.
GC — J. Klinger 1; EM — A. Weber 4, A. Gunderson-Morris 1.
Every way to score matters in basketball.
It is especially important on the front end of a one-and-one bonus from the line.
So, when a team makes less than half its free throws against a mid-range team, and does not back it up with field goals, things can get a bit dicey.
That seemed to be the case last Friday, January 12, for the Glenwood City Hilltopper girls’ team as it faced Elmwood/Plum City’s Wolves at home. While the Toppers were 14 of 31 from the line, the Wolves scored 12 of 18.
The missed charity tosses coupled with several turnovers led to a 51-44 home loss for the Toppers, who fall to 2-5 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
Glenwood City trailed behind the Wolves for much of the first half, sometimes by as many as seven points, but rallied to tie things up at 15 with 5:20 to go until intermission. The team fell behind again in the next minute, but tied things up again at 19 on a bucket from junior Delaney Quinn.
The Hilltoppers copped their first lead at 2:24 with a layup from Quinn, but the Wolves were quick to respond with a three-point shot from Alyssa Peterson to retake the lead 22-21. The lead would change hands twice more prior to the buzzer, with the Elmwood/Plum City ladies finishing the half on a 5-2 run to take a 26-23 lead into the break.
The Wolves opened the second half with a score, but Glenwood City’s Jenesa Klinger laid one in to make the game 28-25 with EPC on top. Klinger sent in another field goal that put the score at 30-27 with the Wolves on top, but the visiting team started to chip away at the home squad to build an eight-point lead as both teams crossed the mid-point of the half.
Hanna Strehlo and Quinn cut the Elmwood/Plum City lead in half to make the score 38-34, but the Wolves just kept scoring, making three trips in a row to the hole to lead 44-34 with only 3:48 to go.
The Toppers did not quit, though, making a 7-0 run to move within three in the closing 52.8 seconds, but Elmwood/Plum City outscored the home team 7-3 as the time drained away to pick up the win.
Quinn tied with Wolves player Ellie Funk with 16 points to lead the game, while Klinger scored 12, Mariah Voeltz, Strehlo and Olivia Scalze each picked up four, and Makayla O’Brien and Delanie Fayerweather each scored two.
ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 51, GLENWOOD CITY 44
Elmwood/Plum City……………26 25 — 51
Glenwood City…………………..23 21 — 44
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Elmwood/Plum City (19-12-20-51) — A. Peterson 4-5-4-14, J. Martin 0-0-2-0, K. Feuker 4-2-4-10, T. Whipple 0-0-2-0, R. Rupakus 1-2-3-4, L. Diesing 3-1-0-7, E. Funk 7-2-3-16, H. Feuker 0-0-2-0.
Glenwood City (15-14-19-44) — J. Klinger 3-6-2-12, M. Voeltz 1-2-5-4, D. Quinn 6-4-2-16, M. O’Brien 1-0-0-2, H. Strehlo 2-0-2-4, A. Curvello 0-0-3-0, O. Scalze 1-2-3-4, D. Fayerweather 1-0-0-2, C. Lawson 0-0-2-0.
EPC — A. Peterson 1. [/emember_protected]