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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — Glenwood City’s boy’s basketball took to the court twice this past week with games against the Cadott Hornets and Mondovi Buffaloes.
Glenwood City barely managed to edge out the Cadott Hornets last Monday evening, January 21, in their first home game of the new year. The Hilltoppers’ went on to win the evening’s contest by a mere three points with a score of 55-52.
When Thursday rolled around the Hilltoppers looked toward a conference opponent, the Mondovi Buffaloes, and knew a win was needed to stay tied with Mondovi for fifth place in the Dunn-St. Croix. But too many looks and not enough baskets handed the Buffaloes the road win against Glenwood City by a 18-point margin and 73-55 score.
With the recent win and loss, Glenwood City sits in sixth place in the Dunn-St. Croix with a 3-5 record and a 5-10 overall record.
The Hilltoppers were scheduled to host the Durand Panthers last evening, Tuesday, January 29 but the game was postponed due to inclement weather conditions. Glenwood City will travel to Colfax to take on the Dunn-St. Croix co-leading Vikings this Friday, February 1.
In a hard fought game from start to finish, the Glenwood City men took to their home court for the first time since December 28 to play a out-of-league game against the Cadott Hornets.
“We didn’t bring our best team game, but were able to make enough plays down the stretch and late in the game to secure a victory,” head coach Tristan Kittilson said.
Senior Hadin DeSmith hit the court for the Topper, leading the points with 15. DeSmith hit the glass for four doubles, netted a trey and was four-of-six from the charity stripe.
Brandyn Hallquist was strong from the inside sinking five buckets and was two-of-four from the line for a total of 12 points.
The Toppers and Hornets went into halftime tied at 33 all before Glenwood City edged out Cadott in the second by three points.
Scoring big for the Hornets in the first half was Coy Bowe as he sank 13 of his 18 points in the first 18 minutes. The second half belonged to Mason Poehls of Cadott with nine of his 16 coming off three triples.
Tanner Davis and Dillon Hierlmeier had 16 points between the pair. Davis hit for nine points on three doubles and netted a trey, while Hierlmeier had two doubles and a triple.
Gavin Janson once again proved to be a force from outside the arc as he hit two more triples for six points to give him a 12-2 record from the outside this season.
Adding to the Hilltoppers points were teammates Ethan Hanson with four points off a double and pair of foul shots, and Drew Olson who contributed a lone double for two.
“We will learn from this game and look for a strong performance on Thursday,” Kittilson stated.
GLENWOOD CITY 55, CADOTT 52
Glenwood City….….….……33 22 – 55
Cadott….….….….….…..…….33 19 – 52
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— B. Hallquist 5-2-2-12, D. Hierlmeier 3-0-4-7, G. Janson 2-0-0-6, H. DeSmith 5-4-1-15, D. Olson 1-0-2-2, E. Hanson 1-2-1-4, T. Davis 4-0-1-9.
Cadott— C. Sopiarz 1-0-2-3, A. Hinzman 2-0-3-4, B. Irwin 1-1-2-3, N. Kahl 1-0-3-2, N. Schley 3-0-2-6, C. Bowe 6-5-2-18, M. Poehls 6-0-4-16.
GC— D. Hierlmeier 1, G. Janson 2, H. DeSmith 1, T. Davis 1; C— C. Sopiarz 1, C. Bowe 1, M. Poehls 4.
Glenwood City fought to take a win from the visiting Buffaloes, but with too few baskets and Mondovi’s ability to shoot the ball, the Hilltopper men suffered a double-digit loss, falling 73-55 to the Buffaloes.
“Was a very hard fought game,” said coach Kittilson. “Very proud of the way the boys battled, we had really good looks all night long just couldn’t get much to drop.”
The Hilltoppers were quiet in the first half, netting only 17 points to Mondovi’s 34, but the second 18 minutes proved better for Glenwood City as Dillon Hierlmeier and Hadin DeSmith tried to mount a Toppers’ comeback..
Hierlmeier stepped up in a big way for Glenwood City hitting four from the inside and sank four triples. He also went one-of-three from the charity stripefor a total of 22 points. Not only did Hierlmeier lead the Topper men, but set a new 2018-19 season high for himself.
DeSmith worked to stay out of foul trouble, but put up a big second half with 13 of his 16 points coming in the final 18-minute session. DeSmith sank six doubles, a trey, and was one-of-two from the line.
“They (Mondovi) made some great plays and some nice shots, and we couldn’t get back on track from being down early,” Toppers coach Kittilson explained.
Senior Tanner Davis was quiet most of the evening putting in a single two point shot and a pair of triples for Glenwood City.
Adding to the point total for the Hilltoppers were Ethan Hanson with a pair of doubles, Drew Olson sank a solo two-point bucket and one foul shot and Gavin Janson hit a double in the first half for two.
GLENWOOD CITY 55, MONDOVI 73
Glenwood City….….….……17 38 – 55
Mondovi….….….….…..…….34 39 – 73
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— D. Hierlmeier 8-1-2-22, G. Janson 1-0-0-2, H. DeSmith 7-1-4-16, D. Olson 1-1-3-3, E. Hanson 2-0-1-4, T. Davis 3-0-4-8.
Mondovi— B. Christopherson 4-0-2-11, E. Gray 0-3-1-3, A. Hoepner 3-7-4-14, R. Fath 7-1-2-18, J. Schmidtknecht 1-0-0-2, J. Parr 3-2-2-8, O. Schultz 6-3-2-15, K. Johnston 1-0-0-2.
GC— G. Janson 4, H. DeSmith 1, T. Davis 2; M— B. Christopherson 2, A. Hoepner 1, R. Fath 3.