By Cara L. Dempski
The Glenwood City ladies wrapped up their regular season last week with a pair of road losses.
The first place they visited was Prescott, where they took on the Division 3 Lady Cardinals February 12. Coach Dean Fayerweather said the team never quit, but suffered a 73-28 loss at the hands of the birds.
The game set them up for one final conference contest February 15 in Plum City. Fayerweather and the Lady Toppers faced off against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves, falling prey to the canine competition 59-40 to finish the regular season 3-11 in Dunn-St. Croix action (tied with Boyceville for sixth) and 4-18 overall.
Glenwood City hit the season’s reset button as it stepped into regional play February 20 at Chetek against the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs. The winning team from that matchup will take on the top-seeded Saints in St. Croix Falls this Friday, February 23 before the regional championship is decided February 24.
If you ask Coach Fayerweather, the Lady Cardinals were very intentional with their score February 12 against Glenwood City.
“Prescott took pride in running the score up,” he wrote in an email the following morning. “We never quit, and I love the girls for their effort.”
And that seems to summarize the Lady Hilltoppers’ season, in Fayerweather’s eyes.
The Toppers took a 73-28 loss to the Cardinals to drop to 4-17 overall this season as they headed into their final Dunn-St. Croix contest of the year several nights later.
The Prescott girls carried an 18-point lead into the second half, and then expanded on it with another 35 points for the win.
Delaney Quinn took home top scoring honors for the Hilltoppers with 10 points, while Alexys Curvello and Mariah Voeltz each scored five, Hanna Strehlo accounted for four, and Jenesa Klinger and Olivia Scalze scored two each.
The game’s highest-scoring player was Cardinal Isabella Lenz, who reeled in 27 on the night.
GLENWOOD CITY 28, PRESCOTT 73
Glenwood City…………………….20 8 — 28
Prescott…………………………….38 35 — 73
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (10-7-12-28) — J. Klinger 1-0-1-2, M. Voeltz 0-5-3-5, D. Quinn 4-2-3-10, H. Strehlo 2-0-2-4, A. Curvello 2-0-1-5, O. Scalze 1-0-0-2, C. Lawson 0-0-1-0, E. Hill 0-0-1-0.
Prescott (29-8-7-73) — I. Lenz 10-2-2-27, A. Murphy 5-0-1-12, A. Rieken 1-0-0-2, K. Burmood 2-0-0-4, H. Yaeger 7-4-3-18, M. Johnson 3-0-0-6, K. Lewis 1-0-0-2, N. Dalman 0-0-1-0, Benck 0-2-0-2.
GC — A. Curvello 1; P — I. Lenz 5, A. Murphy 2.
Fayerweather has been incredibly pleased by the amount of sheer, gritty determination he has seen from his Hilltopper ladies this season right up until their 59-40 loss to Elmwood/Plum City February 16.
“We did not play like we wanted to win,” the Glenwood City coach said to open his written comments. “We needed to play hard before entering into the playoffs to at least have a chance against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.”
The Wolves, who were 5-8 in the Dunn-St. Croix going into the contest against the Lady Hilltoppers, nearly doubled up on the visiting team in the first half, scoring 37 points to Glenwood City’s 19. The Toppers seemed to limit the Elmwood/Plum City girls’ opportunities in the second half, but were still outscored 22-21 in the loss.
Jenesa Klinger led the Glenwood City girls with 12 points, Hanna Strehlo contributed seven, Mariah Voeltz scored five, Delaney Quinn, Makiah Schutz and Emily Hill all earned four, and Makayla O’Brien and Olivia Scalze tied with two apiece.
Elmwood/Plum City’s Rowan Rupakus led the game with 15 points.
GLENWOOD CITY 40, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 59
Glenwood City……………………19 21 — 40
Elmwood/Plum City…………….37 22 — 59
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Glenwood City (14-11-20-40) — J. Klinger 5-2-5-12, M. Voeltz 2-0-1-5, D. Quinn 0-4-3-4, M. O’Brien 1-0-2-2, H. Strehlo 3-1-0-7, A. Curvello 0-0-1-0, O. Scalze 1-0-2-2, M. Schutz 1-2-0-4, C. Lawson 0-0-2-0, E. Hill 1-2-4-4.
Elmwood/Plum City (18-14-16-59) — A. Peterson 4-4-0-15, J. Martin 1-0-2-3, K. Feuker 0-2-4-2, K. Kern 0-0-1-0, R. Rupakus 6-3-2-20, L. Diesing 3-3-4-9, E. Funk 1-2-1-4, H. Feuker 3-0-2-6.
GC — M. Voeltz 1; EPC — A. Peterson 3, J. Martin 1, R. Rupakus 5.