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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The Lady Hilltoppers knew that they were already a big underdog going into their Dunn-St. Croix basketball game in Colfax last Friday and nearly a whole week without school and practice, due to bone chilling temperatures, was only going to make the task just that much more difficult.
But just how much, not even Glenwood City knew.
Despite playing under the same conditions, Colfax was on top of its game in the opening contest of the February 1 doubleheader that featured contests between both the Glenwood City and Colfax girls’ and boys’ squads.
The Lady Vikings sprinted to 31-point halftime advantage with a potent offensive arsenal and a stingy defense that allowed the Hillttoppers just 14 points in the opening half. It got worse for Glenwood City, who netted only eight points in the final 18 minutes and succumbed by a 57-point margin to Colfax, who sank ten threes including six in the latter half, in a 79-22 win that kept the Vikings perfect in league play.
Hanna Strehlo scored her only two points of the evening with four minutes ticked off the clock that would bring the first of many Colfax scoring runs to an end.
The Toppers attempted to get around the full court press of Colfax, but it was too much for Glenwood City to handle.
When asked for comments, head coach Dean Fayerweather stated simply he had none and that the score spoke for itself.
Leading the Topper ladies were Maddie Oehlke and Makiah Schutz with five points a piece.
Glenwood City fought against themselves all night with rushed shots and an inability to rebound. Passing issues also plagued the Toppers’ throughout the game.
Going into halftime, Glenwood City trailed 45-14 and was already wearing a look of defeat as they headed into the locker room to strategize a new game plan.
But the Hilltoppers found little respite or offensive success in the second half as they score just eight points to the Vikings 34.
The mercy rule kicked in at the nine minute mark of the second half to produce a continuously running clock.
Senior Delaney Quinn made several attempts at a shot from outside the arc, including a shot that would find the ball stuck along the rim of the basket. Quinn finished the night with a pair of doubles.
Adding to Glenwood City’s points were Olivia Scalze, Delanie Fayerweather and Yasmin Lee each with two points a piece.
Junior Kameri Meredith led Colfax with 19 points while freshman Madison Barstad and senior Alyssa Dachel netted 13 and 11 points respectively for the Vikings.
The Lady Toppers, 3-8 and 4-13, hosted the Elk Mound Mounders last evening, Tuesday, February 5, and will return to the court this Friday, February 8, to welcome the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves. The Toppers will travel out of conference to play in Somerset next Monday, February 11, before closing out the regular season with home games against Spring Valley on February 14 and Prescott on February 15.
GLENWOOD CITY 22, COLFAX 79
Glenwood City….….….… 14 8 – 22
Colfax….….….….…..…….45 34 – 79
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City— D. Quinn 2-0-0-4, H. Strehlo 0-2-0-2, M. Oehlke 2-1-1-5, O. Scalze 1-0-1-2, D. Fayerweather 0-2-1-2, Y. Lee 1-0-1-2, M. Schutz 2-1-2-5.
Colfax— A. Dachel 4-0-0-11, M. Schleusner 1-0-0-2, J. Bowe 2-0-2-5, K. Meredith 8-1-2-19, S. Henricks 3-0-0-6, R. Knutson 1-0-0-3, M. Harmon 2-0-1-5, A. Olson 0-2-0-2, R. Scharlau 2-1-1-5, M. Barstad 5-1-2-13, E. Hurlburt 3-2-2-8.
C— A. Dachel 3, J. Bowe 1, K. Meredith 2, R. Knutson 1, M. Harmon 1, M. Barstad 2.