By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — The last time the Boyceville boys faced Glenwood City, they walked away from a close game with a 53-47 win over the Toppers on GC’s home court.
It seems this time around, the Hilltoppers were not going to go so easy on the Dogs.
The combination of solid three-point shooting and a wicked-strong transition game in the second half put the Glenwood City boys in the driver’s seat for a 54-36 victory at Boyceville February 13.
[emember_protected] The two teams split a total of 17 three-pointers in the game, with both the Bulldogs and Hilltoppers nabbing five apiece in the first half alone. The Bulldogs finished with nine total to the Toppers’ eight.
Glenwood City was up 6-3 early in the game, and pushed out to a 16-5 score thanks to a pair of timely outside shots from Riley Schutz and Dillon Hierlmeier. Boyceville junior Jaden Reisimer broke the Toppers’ streak with a three to lift the Bulldogs to 16-8, and then senior Bryce Larson drained a second three-pointer to narrow the gap to 16-11.
The Hilltoppers maintained a five-point lead for a while until Bulldog Logan Knudtson canned an outside shot for three, and then older brother Luke drilled a jump shot from the lane to tie things up at 20 with 5:54 to go in the first half.
It was the closest the Boyceville boys would be to holding a lead the entire game.
Hierlmeier stole the game back for Glenwood City on a big three-point shot, and then gave the Toppers a four-point lead with just 6.5 seconds left in the opening 18 when the Boyceville defense let him grab the ball, dribble down the court and into the lane to lay it in just as the buzzer sounded.
Boyceville came out of the locker room and reeled in the first point of the second half on a free throw to trail just 29-26, but it was all Glenwood City after that.
The Hilltoppers pulled ahead by eight points, but the Bulldogs cut that lead in half to suffer just a four-point deficit with 14:49 to go in the contest.
Glenwood City responded by going on an 18-1 run to make the game 54-33 with nine minutes left.
Boyceville senior Bryce Boda made a long three to lift the Bulldogs to 54-36 with ample time to get something going offensively, but even 7:29 was not enough once the Hilltoppers put their transition game in gear.
After that, all the Toppers had to do was hold on, which they did, for the win.
Schutz and Hierlmeier put up the game’s two biggest scores, with the senior credited with 28 points and the junior earning 20. Hadin DeSmith contributed to the win with 14 points, Tanner Davis added five, and Pete Hill scored four.
Bryce Boda led the Boyceville squad with 15 points, while the Knudtson brothers tied with nine points each. Jayson Gonzales and Larson each logged six points, Jaden Reisimer ended the game with five, and Cooper Boesl was good for a charity throw.
The Hilltoppers’ win meant the two teams split their season record 1-1 as head coaches Ben Luer and Tristan Kittilson headed into tournament seeding meetings February 17.
Glenwood City faced Elk Mound at home February 16, and then hit the road to Bloomer February 19 for a non-conference contest. They will finish their conference season February 22 on the road against Elmwood/Plum City.
They were 6-6 in the Dunn-St. Croix heading into Friday’s game, and 9-10 overall.
Boyceville headed to Durand February 16, and then Luck February 19. They ended their D-SC play at home against Spring Valley February 22. The team had a 2-10 conference record, and were 5-10 overall.
GLENWOOD CITY 71, BOYCEVILLE 51
Glenwood City……………….29 42 — 71
Boyceville…………………….25 26 — 51
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (28-7-11-71) — D. Hierlmeier 9-0-4-20, P. Hill 2-0-1-4, H. DeSmith 6-0-3-14, R. Schutz 9-7-2-28, T. Davis 2-0-1-5.
Boyceville (18-6-16-51) — B. Boda 5-3-3-15, J. Reisimer 2-0-0-5, C. Boesl 0-1-4-1, C. Sempf 0-0-1-0, Lo. Knudtson 3-0-4-9, J. Gonzales 2-1-2-6, B. Larson 2-0-0-6, Lu. Knudtson 4-1-2-9.
GC — D. Hierlmeier 2, H. DeSmith 2, R. Schutz 3, T. Davis 1; B — B. Boda 2, J. Reisimer 1, Lo. Knudtson 3, J. Gonzales 1, B. Larson 4. [/emember_protected]