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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Topper men have struggled finding consistency and victories through the first month of the season.
That struggle was again evident in Glenwood City’s final game before the Christmas break.
The Hilltoppers’ sporadic offense led to their fifth loss in seven games this season when Baldwin-Woodville gained a 50-38 non-conference win in Glenwood City last Tuesday, December 18.
“We didn’t play well but battled all game long and showed a lot of character and had some bright spots,” said Hilltoppers’ head coach Tristan Kittilson.
Brandyn Hallquist put up six of Glenwood City’s 12 first half time points with a pair of threes, during the second half he was three-of-four from the charity stripe and a total of nine points in his minutes played.
Glenwood City, who trailed 23-12 at the intermission, opened the second half with an 8-0 run to close the gap to three at 23-20, but that was as close as the Hilltoppers would get to the visiting Blackhawks of Baldwin-Woodville.
Baldwin-Woodville ran the score 35-22 with 8:58 left in the second half and would build their lead to as many as 18 points against the Topper men. Glenwood City did put up a fight and was able to close the distance to a 12-point deficit at the end of the contest.
Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Dillon Hierlmeier with 12 points having an exceptional evening from the charity stripe with ten-of-eleven and a double.
“We were down a starter, Gavin Janson was sick, which hurt our rotation and they have an 11 man rotation and just had more gas in the tank and made more plays and baskets,” explained coach Kittilson.
The Hilltoppers may have been able to close the gap on the Blackhawks if they had been able to shoot better from the foul line, having hit just 16 of 26 free throws for 62 percent where Baldwin-Woodville shot a dozen free throws and made eight.
Hadin DeSmith scored eleven points for Glenwood City with four doubles and was three-of-nine from the charity stripe.
Ethan Hanson and Tanner Davis added to the Toppers points with three doubles for a total of six points between the pair.
“We’re looking to rebound and play better next week at our holiday tournament,” Kittilson stated.
The Hilltoppers will play host to both Ellsworth and Somerset on December 27 and 28 for the Holiday Tournament.
GLENWOOD CITY 38, BALDWIN-WOODVILLE 50
Glenwood City…….……..………12 26 – 38
Baldwin-Woodville…….……….. 23 27 – 50
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — B. Hallquist 2-3-1-9, D. Hierlmeier 1-10-1-12, H. DeSmith 4-3-2-11, E. Hanson 2-0-4-4, T. Davis 1-0-0-2.
Baldwin-Woodville — D. Johnson 1-0-1-2, R. Roemhild 2-0-2-6, A. Klopp 2-1-4-6, Z. Nilssen 3-0-3-6, W. Weyer 2-0-0-4, V. Wicker 3-0-2-7, C. Bensen 2-1-2-5, J. Lantz 0-3-2-3, T. Albrightson 1-3-4-5, H. Clausen 3-0-0-6.
THREE-POINTERS GC—B. Hallquist 2; BW— R. Roemhild 2, A. Klopp 1, V. Wicker 1.