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By Amber Hayden
An opportunity to grab sole possession of fourth place in the girls’ Dunn – St. Croix basketball race just slipped through Glenwood City’s grasp after they split a pair of recent conference contest.
Playing both of the conference’s cellar dwellers in back-to-back games last week, the Lady Hilltoppers were only able to pick up a single win.
Glenwood City picked up an win earlier last week when it edged out Elmwood/Plum City, the last place team in the Dunn-St. Croix standings, 55-48, in a January 8 meeting in Plum City.
Three days later and, with Boyceville playing at league-leader Colfax, the Hilltopper girls had a great opportunity to take over sole possession of fourth place from the Bulldogs. But Glenwood City stumbled in Spring Valley last Friday evening, January 11 as they were nipped 40-38 by the second-to-last-place Cardinals.
Instead, Glenwood City finds itself still locked in a fourth-place tie with Boyceville as both teams hold 3-4 records in conference play. The Toppers are now 4-9 in all games following a Monday, January 14 non-conference home loss to Clear Lake. Details on the locals 51-24 lost to the Warriors will appear in the January 23 issue. Glenwood City’s four season wins does, however, equal all of last year’s victories.
Glenwood City will welcome the incoming Mondovi Buffaloes this Thursday, January 17. The Hilltoppers then head to Durand next Tuesday, January 22 to take on the second-place Panthers.
The Lady Toppers earned a road “W” last Tuesday evening, January 8, against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves in Plum City, which gave them their third win of the season and a 2-3 record in the Dunn-St. Croix conference.
“The game went well and we held on for the important conference win, we were up by 15 at half and played very well to get to that point,” said Toppers head coach Dean Fayerweather.
Makiah Schutz paved the way for Glenwood City putting up a career and season high of 17 points against the Cardinals, Schutz hit the backboards for seven doubles and was five-of-nine from the charity stripe.
Senior forward Delaney Quinn took to the court for 11 total points stemming from two doubles and she was seven-of-nine from the foul line.
The second half was a rough one for the Hilltoppers, who led 29-14 at the break, as they let the Wolves back in the contest. Elmwood/Plum City outscored Glenwood City 34 to 26 in the second 18-minute frame, but a stellar first-half effort allowed Glenwood City to squeeze out a seven-point win.
“The second half we played sloppy and did not protect the ball very well,” stated Fayerweather. “We had 23 turnovers in the second half and this allowed EPC to get back into the game.”
The post play was exceptional for the Lady Toppers, Fayerweather commented, with Olivia Scalze putting up nine points off of a triple and three doubles.
Hanna Strehlo and Maddie Oehlke put up 11 points between the pair off of three doubles, a trey, and Strehlo was four-of-eight from the line.
Adding to Glenwood City’s point total were teammates Delanie Fayerweather with a double and a bonus shot for three, and Alexys Curvello and Bella Lawson each hit the lay-up for two points a piece.
Elmwood/Plum City remaines the lone winless team in the D-SC.
GLENWOOD CITY 55, ELMWOOD/PLUM CITY 48
Glenwood City……………29 26 – 55
Plum City/Elmwood.………14 34 – 48
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— A. Curvello 1-0-2-2, D. Quinn 2-7-4-11, H. Strehlo 1-4-4-6, B. Lawson 1-0-1-2, M. Oehlke 2-0-1-5, O. Scalze 4-0-1-9, D. Fayerweather 1-1-1-3, M. Schutz 7-5-1-17.
Plum City/Elmwood— A. Waltz 3-0-4-6, K. Feuker 3-4-4-10, M. Glaus 1-0-3-2, K. Kern 9-2-1-20, R. Rupakus 2-0-4-4, V. Seipel 2-0-2-6.
GC— M. Oehlke 1, O. Scalze 1; PCE— V. Seipel 2.
The Hilltoppers traveled to Spring Valley last Friday evening, January 11 looking for their second consecutive road conference win but, instead suffered a two-point defeat at the wings of the Cardinals who claimed their second win of the 2018-19 conference and regular season with the 40-38 finale.
The Lady Toppers kept each half within a point of each other, but could not sink a basket to either tie or win last Friday’s contest.
Senior Delaney Quinn led Glenwood City with 13 points in Friday evening’s game, hitting two doubles and a triple. The strength of Quinn came from the three times she was sent to the foul line and netted six-of-six.
Makiah Schutz had another strong evening against the Cardinals hitting the backboards for five doubles, three of which came in the second half for the Hilltoppers.
With 18 minutes to go and down by a single point Glenwood City looked to bounce back against the Cardinals with a 21 point second half, but Spring Valley edged the Toppers out finishing the half with 22 points.
Alyxis Johnson of Spring Valley was a thorn in the flesh for Glenwood City as she led the Cardinals offense with 17 points off of seven doubles and three foul shots.
Delanie Fayerweather struggled all evening with five points, Alexys Curvello and Maddie Oehlke each contributed three points and Hanna Strehlo had two points before receiving her fifth foul in the second half to exit the game, and Yasmine Mendez tapped the glass for two points in her minutes played.
SPRING VALLEY 40, GLENWOOD CITY 38
Glenwood City……17 21 – 38
Spring Valley.………18 22 – 40
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— A. Curvello 1-0-0-3, D. Quinn 3-6-3-13, H. Strehlo 1-0-5-2, M. Oehlke 1-1-1-3, D. Fayerweather 2-1-3-5, Y. Mendez 1-0-2-2, M. Schutz 5-0-3-10.
Spring Valley— S. Bune 6-1-0-13, E. Stans 2-1-3-5, M. Olson 1-0-1-2, B. Schreiber 1-0-1-2, D. Brooke 0-1-2-1, A. Johansen 7-3-4-17.
GC— A. Curvello 1, D. Quinn 1.