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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Lady Toppers haven’t had a picturesque season like they hoped, finishing sixth in the Dunn-St. Croix with a 5-9 record and 6-15 overall.
Although Glenwood City struggled in a pair of loses to larger schools last week, the Hilltoppers did manage to sandwich its second conference win in as many weeks in between those setbacks.
In the first of two conference games last week, Glenwood City hosted the Elk Mound Mounders last Monday evening, February 11, and took a hard hit, falling behind early before losing 62-24.
But the Lady Toppers wouldn’t be held down long.
In its final Dunn-St. Croix conference game of the season last Thursday, February 14, Glenwood City overcame a pair of 10-point deficits in the final six minutes of play and nipped the Spring Valley Cardinals 52-50 for a sweet Valentine’s Day win on the home court.
Glenwood City, seeded eighth, opened up the first round of the 2019 WIAA Division 4 tournament last evening at home against #9 Grantsburg. The winner will move on to face top-seeded Colfax at home in Friday evening’s, February 22, regional semifinal. The winner will advance to the regional finals the next day.
Even with the weather working with the Toppers last Monday evening, Glenwood City struggled to put together an offense against the Mounders.
The first 11 minutes of the game belonged to the Lady Toppers as they were up 11-4, but foul trouble began to take a toll and they wouldn’t score again until the second half and fell to the Mounders 62-24.
“We played well the first 11 minutes, but a couple of my starters got in foul trouble and our wheels fell off,” Hilltoppers’ head coach Dean Fayerweather said.
Elk Mound scored 30 straight points to close the first half with a 34-11 advantage. The Mounders, led by 21 points from senior post player Morgan Radtke and 16 more from Hailey Blaskowski, tacked on another 28 points in the second half compared to 13 for the host Hilltoppers.
Glenwood City senior leader Delaney Quinn had a quiet offensive night, scoring just eight points against the Mounders.
Out of the 14 players that took the court for Glenwood City, only six of them scored including Hanna Strehlo and Maddie Oehlke who finished with six and four points respectively. Delanie Fayerweather, Makiah Schutz and Kenzie Strong each score two points.
“We started to create our own turnovers and we were not able to focus on our defense,” Fayerweather explained. “I give credit to Elk Mound and their trapping defense.”
GLENWOOD CITY 24, ELK MOUND 62
Glenwood City….….……11 13 – 24
Elk Mound..…..…..…….34 28 – 62
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — D. Quinn 3-1-1-8, H. Strehlo 2-0-4-4, M. Oehlke 3-0-0-6, D. Fayerweather 0-2-2-2, M. Schutz 1-0-3-2, K. Strong 0-2-0-2.
Elk Mound — A. Plaszcz 2-0-0-5, S. Simpson 3-0-3-7, H. Blaskowski 7-0-2-16, S. Cedarblade 1-0-0-3, T. Schaefer 1-0-0-2, M. Radtke 7-7-3-21, K. Bridges 4-0-1-8.
GC — D. Quinn 1; EM — A. Plaszcz 1, S. Simpson 1, H. Blaskowski 2, S. Cedarblade 1.
The Lady Toppers found the will to win in their last conference game of the regular season against the Spring Valley Cardinals, putting to use a trapping half court defense that paid off in the end for Glenwood City in a 52-50 win.
“The game was tough for both teams, it was hard fought and neither team gave up,” said coach Fayerweather. “I had two starters, both leading scorers, foul out with minutes left on the clock and my bench responded.”
Makiah Schutz and Delaney Quinn each received their fifth foul in the second half of the contest but not before putting up 27 points combined for half of the Toppers overall points. Schutz tallied 14 points and Quinn finished with 13.
Before fouling out, Quinn made a foul shot and Schutz scored a basket to give the Toppers a three-point lead, 51-48, with under a minute to play.
The Cardinals scored a hoop to close to within one at 51-50. Olivia Scalze sank the back end of a two-shot foul for her only point of the game to put the Toppers ahead 52-50 with 23.5 seconds to play.
The final horn sounded as the Cardinals’ Erin Stans was fouled while in the act of shooting. She was awarded the double bonus with no time on the clock and an opportunity to take the game into overtime. Instead, Stans’ first foul shot bounced off the back of the rim and fell to the floor giving the Toppers and improbable two-point win.
Improbable because the Toppers not only overcame one tie, in the final six minutes but two. Trailing by ten, the Lady Hilltoppers tied the game at 38 with exactly six minutes to play. Spring Valley stretched the lead back to ten at 48-38. Again Glenwood City battled back to knot the contest at 48 all with three minutes to play.
Maddie Oehlke was able to work her way around the paint putting up 10 points off of five doubles for Glenwood City.
“Our game going in was to stop Bune from lane penetration and we were able to do that,” Fayerweather explained. “The other plan was to stop Johansen in the post, that did not happen and she lit us up for 18.”
Delanie Fayerweather and Hanna Strehlo had a productive evening against the Cardinals with 11 points between the pair with four doubles and Fayerweather had a lone triple.
Adding to the point tally for Glenwood City were Bella Rassbach with a double and a foul shot and Olivia Scalze had a lone bonus shot.
“One thing we did well was not turn the ball over, we had 13 total turnovers with only three in the second half,” coach Fayerweather explained. “We also missed lots of bunny shots in the paint.”
GLENWOOD CITY 52, SPRING VALLEY 50
Glenwood City….….……15 37 – 52
Spring Valley…..…..…….20 30 – 50
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — D. Quinn 4-4-5-13, H. Strehlo 2-0-3-4, M. Oehlke 5-0-2-10, B. Rassbach 1-1-0-3, O. Scalze 0-1-0-1, D. Fayerweather 3-0-1-7, M. Schutz 6-2-5-14.
Spring Valley — K. Hybben 1-2-1-4, S. Bune 3-1-4-7, E. Stans 5-2-4-14, M. Olson 1-2-2-4, B. Schreiber 0-1-0-1, L. Wittmer 1-0-1-2, A. Johansen 7-1-3-18.
GC — D. Quinn 1; SV — E. Stans 2, A. Johansen 3.