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by Amber Hayden
Last week, the Glenwood City Hilltopper boys’ basketball team came so close to winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.
After scoring a hard fought 67-62 road win over Elmwood/Plum City last Tuesday, January 15 the Hilltoppers took conference leader Spring Valley to double overtime Friday night, January 18 before eventually falling 60 to 57.
With the trip to Spring Valley, Glenwood City knew the game would be intense and physical against the D-SC leaders, but despite going into double overtime, foul trouble caught up to the Hilltoppers in the heartbreaking loss.
The Toppers, 3-4 in conference and 4-9 overall, opened a three-game home stand Monday, January 21 against Cadott. Mondovi will be in town this Thursday, January 24, with the Durand Panthers playing on the Toppers’ court next Tuesday, January 29.
For the Hilltoppers, the game against the Plum City/Elmwood Wolves proved to be a competitive and hard fought game from start to finish, said Toppers head coach Tristan Kittilson.
Two of the Glenwood City players would reach their season scoring highs against the Wolves with Brandyn Hallquist putting up 19 points and Gavin Janson connecting for 16.
“In the end we were fortunate to get off to a hot start by making nine three’s in the first half,” Kittilson explained. “Five by Janson and four by Hallquist.”
Brandyn Hallquist put up a tough two halves against PCE with 14 of his 19 points coming in the first 18 minutes, he hit the basket for two doubles, four triples and was three-of-four from the foul line.
Stepping up for Glenwood City, Gavin Janson showed that he could not be stopped from outside the arc as he netted five triples and went one-of-two from the line.
The first half of the game was strong for the Hilltoppers as they put up 43 points, the most in any game so far, and held on to their five point lead in the second half to win the game.
“We did cool down in the second half, but did make just enough plays to get the win on the road,” Kittilson said.
Dillon Hierlmeier and Hadin DeSmith had 18 points between the pair. Hierlmeier went five-of-six from the charity stripe along with three doubles while DeSmith hit the net for three buckets and was one-of-four from the line.
Adding to the Toppers’ points tally were teammates Ethan Hanson with two doubles and a pair of foul shots for six points, and Tanner Davis put up eight points.
GLENWOOD CITY 67, PLUM CITY/ELMWOOD 62
Glenwood City….….….……43 24 – 67
Plum City/Elmwood…..…….32 30 – 62
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— B. Hallquist 6-3-3-19, D. Hierlmeier 3-5-3-11, G. Janson 5-1-1-16, H. DeSmith 3-1-4-7, E. Hanson 2-2-1-6, T. Davis 4-0-4-8.
E/PC— N. Gansluckner 2-0-2-4, N. Forster 1-2-4-4, Z. Phillips 8-4-2-23, J. Glampe 3-1-1-8, T. Maxwell 4-0-4-10, J. Brunner 0-1-1-1, L. Webb 5-2-1-12.
GC— B. Hallquist 4, G. Janson 5; E/PC— Z. Phillips 3, J. Glampe 1, T. Maxwell 2.
For coach Kittilson and the rest of the Hilltoppers coaching staff, they could not have asked for more as Glenwood City went into double overtime against the D-SC leading Spring Valley Cardinals.
“It was a really great game,” Kittilson stated. “Obviously we are very disappointed in the loss, but proud of my guys and the way they fought and played!”
Going into half time it looked like Glenwood City would be the team to give Spring Valley it’s first conference loss as they led 28-24, but after getting into foul trouble in the second overtime Spring Valley would take the win 60-57.
Ethan Hanson led the Hilltopper men with 14 points total, hitting the net for a trey, three doubles and was five-of-seven from the line.
Each of the Glenwood City’s seven players would hit a basket from outside the arc against the Cardinals, including one in the second overtime of the evening.
Hadin DeSmith and Brandyn Hallquist combined for 21 points. DeSmith finished with 12 on two treys and three, 2-point field goals. DeSmith also had four rebounds and a matching number of assists. Hallquist pocketed a three among his nine points and had five boards, an equal number of assists and four steals.
“The game went into double OT and both teams made big shots and stops,” Kittilson explained. “Hats off to Spring Valley, they played a heck of a game.”
Spring Valley took advantage on several foul calls to hit seven-of-eight free throws in the overtime periods to take the three-point victory.
The game was tied at 50 following regulation and again at 54 after the first, 4-minute overtime period. But the Cardinals got three free throws and a three-pointer in the second overtime to win.
Sophomore guard, Gavin Janson, has proven to be a strong force from outside the arc as he has hit a trey in 11 of the Hilltoppers 13 games this season. Janson added three more triples in the game against Spring Valley for nine points.
Getting into the mix of things for Glenwood City were teammates, Dillon Hierlmeier and Dan Loring each netting a three and two foul shots, as well as Drew Olson with a single triple of his own.
GLENWOOD CITY 57, SPRING VALLEY 60
Glenwood City….….……28 22 4 3 – 57
Spring Valley….…..………24 26 4 6 – 60
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— B. Hallquist 4-0-3-9, D. Hierlmeier 1-2-5-5, D. Loring 1-2-0-5, G. Janson 3-0-2-9, H. DeSmith 5-0-4-12, D. Olson 1-0-3-3, E. Hanson 4-5-2-14.
Spring Valley— T. Stangl 3-0-2-8, M. Bauer 3-2-2-10, A. Borgerding 7-6-2-22, J. Hannack 1-0-2-2, L. McMurrin 4-3-4-11, D. Bosshart 2-2-1-7.
GC— B. Hallquist 1, D. Hierlmeier 1, D. Loring 1, G. Janson 3, H. DeSmith 2, D. Olson 1, E. Hanson 1; SV— T. Stangl 2, M. Bauer 2, A. Borgerding 2, D. Bosshart 1.