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By Amber Hayden
ELLSWORTH — The Lady Toppers basketball team hasn’t gotten off to the start they hoped for after taking to the road last Tuesday and Thursday evening ending with two non-conference losses.
Glenwood City faced a half court trap against the Ellsworth Panthers on Tuesday, November 13, and struggled to get back on the offense during the second period.
The Toppers hit the road again to Prairie Farm on November 15, but with the loss of starter Alexys Curvello, Glenwood was outscored 70-47 by the Prairie Farm Panthers.
The Lady Toppers will take a 12 day breather before taking to the court again against the Grantsburg Pirates on November 27, and then to Mondovi for their first game of conference play on Thursday, November 29.
The Lady Toppers traveled to Ellsworth last Tuesday evening, November 13, for their first game of the season against the Panthers.
Glenwood City was down at halftime by eight points before losing traction against the Panthers and taking a hard loss of 37-68.
“We ran into a half court trap defense by Ellsworth that set us back and we were not able to handle it that well,” stated head coach Dean Fayerweather.
Delaney Quinn led the Lady Toppers with four field goals and five of six from the line ending her night with 13 points.
Glenwood City put up only one three-point shot from player Bella Lawson during the second half of the game against the Panthers.
“Some of the younger players received playing time, and at times that was overwhelming for them,” coach Fayerweather said. “We will work on things and prepare for three more games this month.”
Makiah Schutz and Hannah Strehlo put up six field goals against Ellsworth and the pair were two of five from the line.
GLENWOOD CITY 37, ELLSWORTH 68
Glenwood City……..………..22 15 – 37
Ellsworth….…………………..30 38 – 68
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— D. Quinn 4-5-3-13, H. Strehlo 4-1-3-9, A. Curvello 0-2-1-2, B. Lawson 0-0-0-3, O. Scalze 1-1-1-3, D. Fayerweather 1-0-3-2, M. Schutz 2-1-2-5.
Ellsworth — H. Carlson 2-2-3-6, E. Swanson 1-6-1-8, C. Straub 0-2-0-2, K. Nugent 6-3-3-24, N. Sigler 0-0-3-3, O. Lynner 1-0-1-2, E. Mallon 1-0-0-2, A. Earney 6-3-3-21.
THREE-POINTERS GC – B. Lawson 1; E – K. Nugent 3, A. Earney 2, N. Sigler 1.
Much like Tuesday evening’s game, the Hilltopper ladies held together during the first half of Thursday evenings game. But unfortunately the ladies were outscored during the second half and lost 47-70.
Glenwood City led early on in the game despite picking up five fouls in the first three and a half minutes of the game.
The lead would change several times with Glenwood City leading 19-18 before Prairie Farm went on a eight point run to make it 26-19 with 3:07 left to play of the first half.
“Things started out good with the ladies, and then we fell apart,” said coach Fayerweather.
Glenwood City went on to sink another shot before the Panthers went on another run of 12-4 and led at the end of the half 38-25.
Senior Delaney Quinn paved the way for the Topper women with 17 points, three of which came off a first half three-point shot.
Starter Alexys Curvello got a single field goal off before being injured during the first half, she sat the second half icing the lower half of her leg and cheering her team on from the bench.
Delanie Fayerweather had a successful evening going two of two from the line and three three-pointers.
“Our team is young and still learning as we go,” explained coach Fayerweather.
GLENWOOD CITY 47, PRAIRIE FARM 70
Glenwood City……..………..25 22 – 47
Prairie Farm.………………….38 32 – 70
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — A. Curvello 1-0-1-2, D. Quinn 5-4-3-17, M. Oelhke 1-1-0-3, O. Scalze 1-0-0-3-2, D. Fayerweather 0-2-2-11, M. Schutz 5-0-0-3-10
Prairie Farm— E. Bates 1-6-1-8, C. Christopherson 3-0-1-6, M. Christenson 2-0-3-4, J. Bates 11-5-3-27, S. Rassbach 0-1-3-1, C. Miller 4-7-2-24
THREE-POINTERS: GC – D. Quinn 1, D. Fayerweather 3; PF – C. Miller 3.