By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City boys’ basketball team played a great game last Tuesday night, keeping Boyceville’s Bryce Boda and Luke Knudtson contained.
What the Hilltoppers were not counting on was Logan Knudtson.
[emember_protected] The younger Knudtson put together 21 points in the Glenwood City gym January 23 to help the visiting Bulldogs earn their first Dunn-St. Croix win this season. The Dogs trailed for much of the game until a series of Topper fouls sent the Boyceville boys to the free-throw line four times in the final 49 seconds.
“We (Boyceville) ground it out, and our guys trusted other guys to shoot because obviously they’re (Glenwood City) in a defense that didn’t allow Luke or Bryce to get shots,” Boyceville coach Ben Luer said in his after-game comments. “Other guys made shots, and that helps. They feel good about that, and I feel good about that because we needed a game where everybody contributed.”
Glenwood City head coach Tristan Kittilson acknowledged the Bulldogs’ dominance in the game in his post-game interview.
“Hats off to them,” he began. “They made their layups, they made their shots, they made their threes. We didn’t.”
The Hilltopper helmsman said the team had plenty of opportunities to win, especially given they led for the vast majority of the contest, but could not close the circle for the victory. He also said the Toppers’ mental mistakes compounded to a point where the players were not able to rebound from them.
Boyceville got on the board first with gentle layup from Bryce Boda before 15 seconds came off the clock, but that was the last time the Bulldogs would score for roughly six minutes.
Meanwhile, the Toppers went on a 13-0 run to make the board read 13-2. The Bulldogs were able to fight their way back into the game, cutting Glenwood City’s lead to just 17-16 over the next six minutes.
Bryce Larson gave the Bulldogs their first lead with a baseline three-pointer with 2:10 to go in the opening 18 to make the score 21-19 in favor of Boyceville, but Riley Schutz responded on behalf of the Toppers 17 seconds later with his own three-point shot to lead by 22-21 as both teams headed into the locker rooms for intermission.
Glenwood City got off to a big start early in the second half, putting another six points on the board in the first two minutes to lead 28-21. Logan Knudtson responded with a deep shot for three at 15:36 to put the Bulldogs back within four points.
The two teams spent the next couple minutes maintaining a four-point difference before a fast-break bucket from Hadin DeSmith increased GC’s lead to six. The Hilltoppers pushed their lead out to 36-27 with 12:38 still to play, but the Bulldogs pulled to within three on a seven-point run over the next two and one-half minutes.
The Toppers hit a pair of threes to lead by nine with eight minutes to go, but Larson hit another three to cut the score to 43-37 in favor of GC, and then Logan Knudtson hit a field goal to cut the Hilltoppers’ lead to four.
Boda put the Bulldogs back in the game with a three-pointer near the top of the key with 5:16 to play to make the score 43-42, but Boyceville had a hard time getting over the hump until there was just 1:47 left in the game. Then, someone hit a field goal to give the Dogs their first lead since before halftime.
From then on, the Hilltoppers seemed to flounder, committing five fouls in the final 56 seconds, and sending the Bulldogs to the line four times for two shots apiece. The result was an extra six points for the Dogs, who reeled in a 53-47 final score for the win.
Logan Knudtson copped the game’s highest individual score with his 21-point effort, Boda and Larson tied with 10 points each, and Jayson Gonzales and Luke Knudtson each scored six.
Schutz and DeSmith tied at 15 points each to lead the Hilltoppers, Dillon Hierlmeier picked up nine, Pete Hill scored six, and Tanner Davis was good for two.
The Bulldogs took their game to Colfax two nights later, and faced Elk Mound at home January 30. They will play a home contest against Elmwood/Plum City February 2, and then have a break until February 8 when they head to Mondovi.
Glenwood City faced Spring Valley at home January 25, and then traveled to Mondovi January 30. The Hilltoppers head to Durand February 2, and host Colfax February 8.
BOYCEVILLE 53, GLENWOOD CITY 47
Boyceville…………………………21 32 — 53
Glenwood City…………………..22 25 — 47
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Boyceville (19-5-13-53) — B. Boda 4-0-3-10, Lo. Knudtson 8-1-3-21, J. Gonzales 1-3-4-6, B. Larson 3-1-0-10, Lu. Knudtson 3-0-3-6.
Glenwood City (19-5-15-47) — D. Hierlmeier 3-2-1-9, P. Hill 3-0-2-6, J. Nelson 0-0-2-0, H. DeSmith 6-2-4-15, R. Schutz 6-1-5-15, T. Davis 1-0-1-2.
B — B. Boda 2, Lo. Knudtson 4, J. Gonzales 1, B. Larson 3, Lu. Knudtson 3; GC — D. Hierlmeier 1, H. DeSmith 1, R. Schutz 2. [/emember_protected]