By Cara L. Dempski
Last week was one big road trip for the Hilltopper boys, who headed to Mondovi early in the week, before taking a Friday trip to Durand.
Glenwood City faced Mondovi on the Buffaloes’ home court January 30 and headed back north later that night with a 4-5 conference record after nabbing a 60-51 win.
A few nights later in Durand, the Hilltoppers were not as fortunate.
[emember_protected] Coach Tristan Kittilson said the team did not have its best outing at Durand, falling to the Panthers 63-43 for a loss.
Glenwood City ended the week with a 7-10 overall record, and are currently 4-6 in conference play. The boys host Colfax this Thursday, February 8, before making the short trip to Boyceville on February 13 for a rematch with the rival Bulldogs. Glenwood City will then return home to host Elk Mound February 16.
Sometimes, challenges call for a moment of pause and reevaluation of how best to even things out.
This was a lesson the Glenwood City boys’ basketball team learned last week at Mondovi.
“We played hard and fought hard,” Kittilson said of the team’s 60-51 win over the Buffaloes. “It was a rough start for us, but we hung in there and made some adjustments, and got a big W on the road.”
Of course, what probably helped was junior Hadin DeSmith’s 26-point performance to lead both the Hilltoppers and the game in scoring.
Glenwood City trailed 27-19 at halftime, but it was as if someone lit a fire under DeSmith in the final 18 minutes. The Hilltopper sank 20 of his 26-point total in the second half to help his team to the win.
Another Glenwood City junior, Tanner Davis, put up 12 points, Riley Schutz scored nine, Jake Nelson logged six, Dillon Hierlmeier scored three, and Pete Hill and Quinn Taylor tied with two points each.
Mondovi’s Avery Hoepner is credited with the Buffaloes’ highest score after picking up 15 in the contest.
GLENWOOD CITY 60, MONDOVI 51
Glenwood City…………………..19 41 — 60
Mondovi…………………………..26 25 — 51
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (23-7-13-60) — D. Hierlmeier 1-0-4-3, P. Hill 1-0-1-2, J. Nelson 2-0-0-6, H. DeSmith 10-4-3-26, Q. Taylor 1-0-1-2, R. Schutz 4-1-3-9, T. Davis 4-2-1-12.
Mondovi (20-7-16-51) — B. Christopherson 0-1-0-1, C. Johnson 1-1-4-4, A. Hoepner 6-3-2-15, O. Schultz 2-0-2-4, K. Fuentes 4-0-3-10, G. Gifford 2-2-1-7, B. Larson 5-0-4-10.
GC — D. Hierlmeier 1, J. Nelson 2, H. DeSmith 2, T. Davis 2; M — C. Johnson 1, K. Fuentes 2, G. Gifford 1.
The Panthers are one of those teams who require opponents be on their best game at all times. Observation leads to the conclusion that Durand plays a fast, aggressive game, and demands its competition play the same.
So, when Kittilson sent his comments about the Hilltoppers’ trip, and 63-43 loss, to Durand February 2, he noted the GC boys’ worked just to stay with the Panthers.
“It was a tough game for us,” he began. “We didn’t have our best stuff, and really battled in the first half to get it to six.”
Things were looking up for the Toppers in the second half, when they pulled in an offensive rebound and drilled a shot to cut the lead to four, but the Panthers found another gear and sped away with the game after that.
Riley Schutz led the Toppers – and the game – with 14 points, Jake Nelson put up 10, Quinn Taylor scored seven, Hadin DeSmith was good for six, Pete Hill scored four, and Dillon Hierlmeier drained a pair of free throws.
Durand’s highest-scoring performance came from Christian O’Keefe, who earned 13 for the Panthers.
GLENWOOD CITY 43, DURAND 63
Glenwood City…………………..21 22 — 43
Durand…………………………….27 36 — 63
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (18-3-16-43) — D. Hierlmeier 0-2-3-2, O. Wagner 0-0-1-0, P. Hill 2-0-0-4, J. Nelson 4-0-1-10, H. DeSmith 3-0-3-6, Q. Taylor 3-1-2-7, R. Schutz 6-0-3-14, T. Davis 0-0-3-0.
Durand (20-16-9-63) — B. Sabelko 3-2-0-8, B. Ingli 0-0-1-0, F. Weiss 1-4-2-6, C. O’Keefe 5-2-1-13, E. Bauer 2-0-0-6, R. Radle 3-2-3-8, T. Tulip 3-4-0-12, I. Whitwam 0-4-2-4, K. Humphrey 3-0-0-6.
GC — J. Nelson 2, R. Schutz 2; D — C. O’Keefe 1, E. Bauer 2, T. Tulip 2. [/emember_protected]