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By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND — The Glenwood City Hilltoppers made the trip east to Elk Mound last Thursday evening, January 10. They were looking to keep pace with the other three teams, which included the Mounders, locked in the battle for third place in the Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball race.
Elk Mound, however, came out on top of the physical and low scoring affair as they claimed a 45-33 triumph over the Toppers and a share of third place along with Durand.
“We shot the ball very poorly and they (the Mounders) made big shots in the second half,” said Glenwood City head coach Tristan Kittilson. “It was a very physical game and they were the more physical and they out coached and outworked us.”
Glenwood City took a quick time out with only a minute and a half off the opening-half clock to regain its composure firing off too many quick shots and no points to show for it.
Senior Dillon Hierlmeier finally put Glenwood City on the scoreboard with 16:02 left in the first half to knot the score at 2-2. Hierlmeier tallied seven points, all in the first half, for the Hilltoppers before fouling out late in the final seconds of the game.
Several turnovers and fouls resulted in both teams going scoreless over the next five minutes of play. The Hilltoppers eventually took a 6-5 lead off a Gavin Janson bonus shot.
Janson led the Hilltoppers with ten points off two triples and a four-of-six performance from the foul line.
From there, the score would bounce back-and-forth with Hierlmeier sinking the final points of the first half for Glenwood City, who trailed by two, 18-16.
“We needed to play and execute better,” Kittilson explained. “We will be looking for a way to get back in the right direction next week!”
Hadin DeSmith fought foul trouble throughout both halves before he also fouled out with 36.2 left in the game. DeSmith was held scoreless by Elk Mound in the first half before bouncing back in the second half with three doubles and a foul shot.
The Mounders, who were hit with a pair of technical fouls when they roughed up Janson on a shot attempt, steadily pulled away from the Hilltoppers, outscoring the visitors 27-17 over the final 18 minutes of action.
Senior forward Tanner Davis finished the game with six points with a basket in each half and a pair of made free throws in the second half.
The last point of the game would come from Glenwood City sophomore Brandyn Hallquist who went to the line and sank one-of-two free throws to finish with three points.
Glenwood City, currently tied for fifth place at 2-3 with Mondovi and 3-8 overall at the regular season’s midway point, was hosted last evening (Tuesday, January 15) by the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves. The Hilltoppers will wrap up a four game road trip in Spring Valley this Friday, January 18. They will then play the first of three home games next Monday, January 21, when they host Cadott in a non-conference contest.
GLENWOOD CITY 33, ELK MOUND 45
Glenwood City 16 17 – 33
Elk Mound 18 27 – 45
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— B. Hallquist 1-1-1-3, D. Hierlmeier 3-0-5-7, G. Janson 2-4-2-10, H. DeSmith 3-1-5-7, T. Davis 2-2-4-6.
Elk Mound— R. Flynn 3-1-0-10, N. Lew 3-3-3-10, C. Hanson 3-1-3-7, B. Lew 4-1-2-10, M. Kinblom 4-0-2-8.
GC— D. Hierlmeier 1, G. Janson 2; EM— R. Flynn 3, N. Lew 1, B. Lew 1.