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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Lady Hilltoppers picked up just their second basketball victory of the new year last Friday evening when they beat visiting Elmwood/Plum City by nine points.
Ironically, both of Glenwood City’s 2019 wins and half of its four conference victories have come against the Wolves.
Knotted at 18 points aside going into the intermission, the Hilltoppers opened the second half of the February 8 game on an 11-3 scoring run and never trailed en route to a 46-37 win and season sweep of the Wolves, who the locals also bested 55-48 back on January 8.
Like most area squads, the Lady Toppers had an unscheduled, nearly week-long break as Winter Storm Lucian dumped over a foot of snow, leaving the ladies with just their game against Elmwood/Plum City. With the win, Glenwood City improved to 4-8 in conference play and is 5-13 overall.
“We played an aggressive game the whole 36 minutes,” Toppers head coach Dean Fayerweather said. “This pressing style helped us stay in the game and up tempo.”
Senior Delaney Quinn led the way for Glenwood City with an impressive 16 points, ten of which came in the second half. Junior Makiah Schutz added 11 points and senior Hanna Strehlo netted eight, including six in the latter half, against the Wolves to help boost the Toppers to the victory.
“After coming off playing one game and one practice in 13 games we did okay,” Fayerweather explained. “Our turnovers kept E/PC in the ball game.”
Both teams started slow but the host Hilltoppers eventually built a 13-7 lead with under six minutes to play. But the Wolves chipped away during the remaining time to forge a halftime tie at 18.
Back by its quick second half start, Glenwood City grew its second-half advantage to a final margin of nine points as Quinn, Hanna Strehlo and Makiah Schutz picked up the Toppers’ offense.
Glenwood City outscored Elmwood/Plum City 28 to 19 in the final half.
Yasmin Mendez added four points to Glenwood City’s total while Maddie Oehlke, Delanie Fayerweather and Kaitlin Lee each chipped in for two points and Bella Rassbach put in a foul shot.
The 2019 WIAA Division 4 Girls’ Basketball Tournament released the seeded brackets for the upcoming playoffs over the weekend. Glenwood City was awarded the eighth seed and will host Grantsburg, seeded ninth, next Tuesday, February 19 to open the regional tournament. The winner will play the top-seeded Vikings in Colfax on Friday, February 22.
Before they open tournament play, the Toppers still have three games, all at home, remaining on their regular season schedule. Glenwood City hosted Elk Mound in a make-up contest this past Monday evening. The Toppers will then welcome Spring Valley and Prescott on back-to-back nights this Thursday and Friday, February 14 and 15.
GLENWOOD CITY 46, E/PC 37
Glenwood City….….….……18 28 – 46
E/PC…..….….….….…..…….18 19 – 37
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — D. Quinn 5-5-2-16, H. Strehlo 4-0-3-8, M. Oehlke 0-2-4-2, D. Fayerweather 1-0-4-2, K. Lee 1-0-2-2, Y. Mendez 4-0-1-4, M. Schutz 4-3-4-11.
E/PC — K. Feuker 2-3-5-7, M. Glaus 1-3-4-5, K. Kern 6-0-1-14, R. Rupakus 3-1-4-7, H. Baier 0-1-2-1, K. Krogstad 1-0-1-3.
GC — D. Quinn 1; E/PC — K. Kern 2, K. Krogstad 1.