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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — Unforced turnovers hurt the Lady Toppers in losses to Clear Lake and Mondovi last week.
Between foul trouble and 13 turnovers coupled with a big Warriors’ offensive assault in the first 18 minutes of play, the Toppers created a big hole against Clear Lake in last Monday’s, January 14, non-conference contest. With several Toppers on the bench due to foul trouble, Clear Lake built a 32-11 halftime advantage and went on to cruise to 51-24 victory over Glenwood City.
From good ball handling to wondering who the ball was being passed to, Glenwood City couldn’t put a complete game together to take the win from Mondovi last Thursday evening, January 17, as it lost by 10 points to the visiting Buffaloes, 48-38.
With just eight games remaining in the 2018-19 regular season, Glenwood City sits with a 4-10 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the Dunn-St. Croix, good for a three-way tie for fourth with Boyceville and Mondovi.
The Hilltoppers played at second-place Durand last evening, Tuesday, January 22, and will return home to host their rivals the Boyceville Bulldogs in their second meeting of the season this Friday, January 25. Next Tuesday, January 29, Glenwood City will welcome Middle Border conference co-leader Prescott
Last week’s first game against Clear Lake didn’t go exactly as planned for the Lady Toppers as they put up only 11 points in the first half against the 10-4 Clear Lake Warriors, going on to lose 51-24 in last Monday evening’s non-conference contest.
“Clear Lake has two nice post players that defended well inside the lane,” Toppers coach Fayerweather said. “We were able to handle their press well.”
The Hilltoppers put the first four points on the board before Clear Lake would move to a full court press defense and make 29 of the next 31 points to take a commanding lead. Glenwood City did manage to put up another five points in the first half but the Warriors hit a triple at the buzzer to lead 32-11 at the intermission.
Makiah Schutz was the leading scorer for Glenwood City with eight points, all of which came in the first half to account for all but three of the Toppers’ points. Schutz hit for three doubles, and in her one appearance at the foul line, she went two-of-two.
“In normal transition play, we turned the ball over 13 times in the first half compared to Clear Lake’s three turnovers,” Fayerweather explained. “Clear Lake capitalized on our turnovers in the first half.”
Senior captain Delaney Quinn battled during the first half with not a single point, but the fight was strong in her as she put up seven of Glenwood City’s 13 points in the second off of two doubles and a triple to add to her senior career.
Alexys Curvello found her way to the net for two doubles and a pair of free-throws against the Warriors, while teammate Maddie Oehlke bucketed a double and Hanna Strehlo sank a single foul shot for the Hilltoppers in the first half.
“A couple of our players were in foul trouble and had to sit a significant amount of time in the first half. Clear Lake is a fundamentally sound team and out played us,” Fayerweather said.
GLENWOOD CITY 24, CLEAR LAKE 51
Glenwood City 11 13 – 24
Clear Lake 32 19 – 51
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— A. Curvello 2-2-1-6, D. Quinn 3-0-3-7, H. Strehlo 0-1-3-1, M. Oehlke 1-0-2-2, M. Schutz 3-2-2-8.
Clear Lake— J. Rosen 6-2-1-14, M. Zimmer 3-0-0-6, R. Vangsness 2-2-1-7, M. Rosen 6-4-2-16, L. Rosen 3-1-0-8.
GC— D. Quinn 1; CL— R. Vangsness 1, L. Rosen 1.
In the second home game of the week, the Glenwood City Lady Toppers again struggled with unforced turnovers that had a hand in Mondovi leaving town with a 48-38 win.
“We played tough the first half until the last few minutes when Mondovi went up by nine at the half,” said coach Fayerweather. “The battle continued the second half and Mondovi was up by as many as 15.”
Going into halftime the Lady Toppers were down by nine points, but despite putting up 22 points in the second half it was not enough to edge out the Buffaloes.
Junior power forward, Makiah Schutz, stepped up for Glenwood City as she put up 16 points, including 10 of the Toppers 16 first-half points. She hit for eight 2-point buckets and kept herself out of foul trouble.
Delaney Quinn also had a solid night with nine points off of four doubles and she was one-of-three from the line.
“Delaney Quinn with nine points and Makiah Schutz 16 points in the post played a good game for us, but it takes more than that to help us win,” Fayerweather explained.
The Toppers stepped their game up in the second half with ten of their 18 field goals falling in the second 18 minutes for a 55.5 percent shooting average.
Hanna Strehlo netted two doubles in the first half of the game but struggled in the second to find her way to the net, while teammate Olivia Scalze was one-of-two from the line and had a single double for three points overall.
Adding to the Lady Toppers total were teammates Alexys Curvello, Delanie Fayerweather and Yasmine Lee each with two points a piece.
“What hurt us was the unforced turnovers, at times we played good ball and exchanged baskets,” Fayerweather stated. “At times we passed the ball and I was not sure who we were passing it to.”
GLENWOOD CITY 38, MONDOVI 48
Glenwood City 16 22 – 38
Mondovi 25 23 – 48
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— A. Curvello 1-0-1-2, D. Quinn 4-1-4-9, H. Strehlo 2-0-2-4, O. Scalze 1-1-1-3, D. Fayerweather 1-0-2-2, Y. Mendez 1-0-0-2, M. Schutz 8-0-1-16.
Mondovi— E. Poeschel 5-3-2-13, M. Rud 6-1-2-16, R. Evans 4-2-2-11, A. Fedie 1-0-0-2, M. Clark 2-2-3-6.
M— M. Rud 3, R. Evans 1.