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Lady Bulldogs battle to the end in win over Toppers

By Cara L. Dempski

BOYCEVILLE — If you only saw the first half of the Boyceville girls’ home game versus Glenwood City last Thursday, you likely assumed the entire contest was a low-scoring affair.

While those people would not be entirely wrong, it would be unfair to both the Bulldogs and Hilltoppers to say second half was as steady and slow as the first.

It was actually quite the opposite, with the Bulldogs taking credit for their second Dunn-St. Croix win this season after besting the rival Hilltoppers 43-37.

The two teams did not need to do much to generate the electricity in the air February 1, as there was plenty of excitement to go around due to the annual “Coaches versus Cancer” fundraiser held in conjunction with the game.

Coaches Jolene Bird and Dean Fayerweather may have been focused on the game, but they both paid tribute to the night’s event as well.

“Honestly, I enjoyed this,” Fayerweather said in his post-game comments. “Both my parents had cancer, so to come to this is pretty cool.”

Bird echoed his fascination with the turnout for the evening’s events.

“I think when we can get communities together and do something like this, it’s huge. Our little, small towns never cease to amaze me,” she said.

And that was just the fundraising part of the evening. Bird was likely equally as pleased her team fought as hard as it did and came away with a win.

The Lady Bulldogs took the opening tipoff, but neither team would get on the board with initial possessions. It was not until Rachel Prestrud drew a trip to the charity stripe at 16:19 that anyone would put up points, and then the Boyceville sophomore dropped in both buckets to give the Dogs a 2-0 lead.

Glenwood City’s Jenesa Klinger responded a little over 40 seconds later with a three-point shot to give the Hilltoppers a 3-2 lead, but Prestrud responded with a field goal to make the score 4-3 in favor of Boyceville with 15:12 to play in the opening half.

The Lady Toppers regained the advantage when Delaney Quinn his the first of two tries from the line at 12:37 to make it 5-4. The Glenwood girls held onto that lead until there was 1:59 left in the half, when Emma Ouellette fought her way through a traffic jam to score two and tie things up at 11.

The Hilltoppers went ahead by one just eight seconds later when Klinger hit the front of a two-shot try from the line to make it 12-11, but Boyceville’s Hannah Johnson gave the Bulldogs a momentary lead with a field goal at 55.3 seconds for a 13-12 edge.

Not to be outdone, Glenwood City’s Alexys Curvello drained a three-point shot with 26 seconds until intermission to pick up a 15-13 lead as time ticked away to send both teams to the locker room.

Prestrud and Johnson wasted no time getting back into the game in the opening minute of the second half, with both scoring buckets to give Boyceville a 17-15 lead with 17:20 still to play. Quinn helped the Toppers by returning the favor with a three-point shot at 17:06 to give the visitors an 18-17 advantage.

Glenwood City held a 23-19 lead with 11:13 to go, but watched it erode over the next four minutes, as the Boyceville ladies chipped away at the Toppers’ defenses to retake the lead 28-17 with only 7:24 left in the game.

Boyceville never looked back after that point, drawing foul after foul, and hitting buckets to pick up the W.

In the end, Fayerweather said his team’s loss was for a simple reason: “we got out-hustled.”

Taylor Grambow earned the Bulldogs’ highest game score with her 14-point effort, while Prestrud scored 11, Emma Ouellette was responsible for six, Kady Grambow and Johnson tied with three each, and Tyra Kostman, Marissa Dormanen and Ana Evenson each scored two.

Klinger was the high-scoring player for both Glenwood City and the game with 15, Marian Voeltz scored nine, Quinn had eight, and Curvello earned five.

The Boyceville girls headed to Mondovi February 6 before traveling to Durand February 9. They open their final week of regular-season competition at home February 12 against Prairie Farm, and will close out conference play February 15 against Spring Valley.

The Hilltoppers hosted Colfax February 6, and Elk Mound February 9. They will head to Prescott February 12, and end their conference season at Elmwood/Plum City February 15.

Both Bird and Fayerweather will be attending a tournament seeding meeting at Clear Lake February 11.

Glenwood City…………………..15  22 — 37
Boyceville…………………………13  30 — 43


Glenwood City (14-5-14-37) — J. Klinger 6-1-3-15, M. Voeltz 3-3-4-9, D. Quinn 3-1-1-8, H. Strehlo 0-0-1-0, A. Curvello 2-0-2-5, O. Scalze 0-0-1-0, C. Lawson 0-0-1-0, E. Hill 0-0-1-0.

Boyceville (16-10-14-43) — R. Prestrud 3-5-1-11, E. Ouellette 2-2-4-6, A. Bloom 0-0-1-0, H. Johnson 1-1-0-3, K. Grambow 1-0-0-3, T. Kostman 0-2-4-2, T. Grambow 7-0-3-14, M. Dormanen 1-0-0-2, A. Evenson 1-0-1-2.

GC — J. Klinger 2, D. Quinn 1, A. Curvello 1; B — K. Grambow 1.