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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — In a tough game last Thursday, December 13 in Glenwood City, the Lady Toppers’ basketball team failed to contain the potent offense of Dunn-St. Croix co-leader Colfax and execute an offensive game plan of its own in a 30-point loss to the visiting Vikes.
“Colfax runs a good full-court pressure defense that caused us to make quite a few mental mistakes,” said Hilltoppers’ head coach Dean Fayerweather.
Both Glenwood City and Colfax got off to a slow start, but once the Vikings warmed up the Hilltoppers struggled to shut them down the rest of the evening. Colfax opened the December 13 game with a 21-2 run and never looked back en route to a 58-28 win over the host Hilltoppers.
Glenwood City fell to 2-2 in conference play and 2-4 overall. Colfax, meanwhile, stayed perfect in the D-SC, improving to 4-0 along with Durand and 6-1 in all contests.
Colfax jumped to an 8-0 lead before Toppers’ senior Alexys Curvello lit the lights on Glenwood City’s side of the scoreboard with a 15-foot jumper at 13:26.
But instead of igniting a fire for the Hilltoppers, it inspired Colfax who embarked on a 13-0 run that nourished a 21-2 advantage.
“We could not get set in our offense and execute at all,” said coach Fayerweather. “We did some good things in the second half for us to build off of.”
Glenwood City’s next points did not come until the 7:48 mark of the opening half when Makiah Schutz tickled the twine for two.
Curvello added a free throw with Schutz tacking on another hoop along with a double by Delanie Fayerweather. But Colfax added 12 points in that span to led 33-9 at the intermission.
Fayerweather scored the opening hoop of the second half which was followed by Olivia Scalze’s only bucket of the game.
Fayerweather added to Glenwood City’s score with a pair of threes but they were matched with triples from Jayna Bowe and Addy Olson as Colfax, who netted seven triples including four in the first half, were just too much for the Toppers.
The Lady Vikings stretched the lead to 30 which was the final margin of victory for the Vikings.
Delanie Fayerweather knocked down four hoops including a pair of threes to lead the Toppers with ten points. Schutz finished with six, Curvello three and Scalze, Bethany Ullom, Kassidi Thompson and Kaitlin Lee all scored two.
Colfax also kept Hilltopper senior Delaney Quinn quiet throughout the 36 minutes of play allowing her only a single free throw.
Ten Colfax players scored points led by Alyssa Dachel who finished with 13 points including a trio of triples. Kami Meredith had nine and Emma Hurlburt eight for the Vikes.
“The hard part is we now have 13 days until our next game over the holidays,” explained coach Fayerweather.
The Lady Toppers will return to the court for its own holiday tournament on December 27 and 28 when they host Stanley-Boyd and Osceola respectively.
GLENWOOD CITY 28, COLFAX 58
Glenwood City………………..9 19 – 28
Colfax…….……..…………….33 25 – 58
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — D. Quinn 0-1-0-1, H. Strehlo 2-1-2-5, D. Fayerweather 4-0-1-10, O. Scalze 1-0-3-2, K. Lee 0-2-0-2, M. Schutz 2-2-0-6, A. Curvello 1-1-1-3, B. Ullom 1-0-0-2, K. Thompson 1-0-2-2.
Colfax — A. Dachel 4-2-1-13, M. Schleusner 1-1-1-3, J. Bowe 2-0-2-5, K. Meredith 4-0-1-9, S. Henricks 2-0-0-4, R. Scharlau 3-0-4-6, M. Barstad 1-0-0-3, A. Irwin 2-0-0-4, E. Hurlburt 4-0-2-8, A. Olson 1-0-2-3.
THREE-POINTERS GC — D. Fayerweather 2; C— A. Dachel 3, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 1, A. Olson 1, M. Barstad 1.