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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Durand Panthers used a first-half offensive splurge to turn a tied contest into a forgone conclusion when they visited Glenwood City for a Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball game last Saturday night.
With the game knotted at 12, Durand embark on a 23 to 13 scoring run over the final ten minutes of the opening half of play in the February 9 make-up of an earlier, postponed game to establish a lead the Panthers would never relinquish.
Although Glenwood City was able to whittle away at Durand’s 13-point halftime lead in the second half, the Hilltoppers were only able to cut their deficit to nine by game’s end, losing 72-63.
For the second week in a row the weather has played a factor in the Hilltopper’s schedule as once again games were canceled or postponed, leaving Glenwood City with only one game for the week against Durand.
“Another tough conference battle,” said Toppers’ head coach Tristan Kittilson. “The boys played hard and battled all the way to the end, but we couldn’t dig ourselves out of the hole we made in the first half.”
Six Panthers finished with double digits in the scoring column. Freshman Gunnar Hurlburt led the visitors with 14 points including ten in the opening half. Seniors Tyler Tulip and Fletcher Weiss each tallied a pair of three-pointers as Tulip finished with 13 and Weiss an even dozen points. And the Panthers’ senior scoring parade concluded with Tiley Radle and Isaiah Whitwam each netting 11 points.
Senior Tanner Davis scored 14 points to lead the Toppers, marking the first time he has put up double digits since Glenwood City’s win over rival Boyceville back on January 4. Gavin Janson and Brandon Hallquist also finish in double digits. Janson connected on four triples to tally 12 points while Hallquist sank three long balls and a two-point shot for 11 points.
“Hats off to Durand, they came in and played hard and have a great game plan and played some nice basketball,” stated Kittilson.
Ethan Hanson and Hadin DeSmith both had quiet first halves for the Hilltoppers as Hanson put in a double and DeSmith hit a trey. The two, however, came back in the second half with six points a piece.
Freshman Drew Olson saw extended floor time for Glenwood City scoring a pair of twos and a three in the first half. Dillon Hierlmeier finished with a basket.
Glenwood City trailed 38-25 at the break and managed to outscore Durand 38-34 in the second half.
“We are looking to get better moving forward and finishing strong heading into playoffs,” Kittilson explained.
Glenwood City slipped to 3-7 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 5-12 in all games with the latest setback.
The Hilltoppers final four games of the regular season, all conference games, are at home. Last evening, Tuesday, February 12, Glenwood City played Elk Mound and Elmwood/Plum City comes to town this Friday, February 15. The Hilltopper men host Dunn-St. Croix rival the Boyceville Bulldogs next Monday, February 18 and will finish againt Spring Valley on Thursday, February 21.
GLENWOOD CITY 63, DURAND 72
Glenwood City….….….……25 38– 63
Durand.….….….….…..…….38 34 – 72
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — B. Hallquist 4-0-5-11, D. Hierlmeier 1-0-4-2, G. Janson 4-0-0-12, H. DeSmith 3-2-3-9, D. Olson 3-0-0-7, E. Hanson 4-0-2-8, T. Davis 6-0-4-14.
Durand — B. Ingli 0-1-0-1, F. Weiss 2-6-2-12, C. O’Keefe 2-6-0-10, G. Hurlburt 7-0-0-14, R. Radle 5-1-2-11, T. Tulip 4-3-1-13, I. Whitwam 5-1-1-11.
GC — B. Hallquist 3, G. Janson 4, H. DeSmith 1, D. Olson 1, T. Davis 2; D — F. Weiss 2, T. Tulip 2.