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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — Boyceville had no answers on how to stop the Hilltoppers’ sophomore guard Brandyn Hallquist or the rest of his teammates when they visited rival Glenwood City last Monday for a make-up of a previously postponed Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball game.
Hallquist scored a career and season-high 24 points including 15 first-half points and four three-point baskets to lead all scorers. That performance was complimented by seniors Hadin DeSmith and Tanner Davis who netted 16 and 13 points respectively for Glenwood City. The Hilltoppers put up 50, second-half points, after leading 29-16 at half, to pummel the Bulldogs, 79-45, in the February 18 game for the regular-season sweep of Boyceville and their third straight victory.
“We were lead offensively by Brandyn who had his best scoring performance in his career with 24 points,” explained Glenwood City head coach Tristan Kittilson.
“The team played strong from start to finish,” Kittilson added. “I thought we moved the ball well and played active defense.”
The 79 points was a season-high offensive scoring effort for Glenwood City, besting their previous high of 77 points set back on January 4 in a visit to Boyceville.
The victory pushed Glenwood City’s conference mark to 6-7 and 8-12 overall. Boyceville, unfortunately, was left still searching for its first conference win. The Bulldogs fell to 0-13 in league play to remain mired in the D-SC cellar and saw its losing streak extended to 16 games.
The first eight points of the game went to Glenwood City as Brandyn Hallquist found his way inside for two and hit the net from outside for a pair of threes.
The Toppers never trailed.
The game then went scoreless until the 13-minute mark when Boyceville senior Jaden Reisimer was sent to the line for three shots. He made all of the foul shots to give the Bulldogs their first points of the contest and ended Glenwood City’s 8-0 run.
Reisimer was sent to the line four separate times in the first half by the Hilltoppers and finished the night ten-of-thirteen at the charity stripe and also hit two doubles and a triple to lead the Bulldogs with 17 points.
“I think we came out of the gate too flat,” said Bulldogs head coach Austin Donahue. “It’s been a tough four-day stretch for us with three games and a practice.”
Hadin DeSmith, who scored a pair of baskets and two free throws in the first half of Monday’s game, pumped in ten more in the second half including two triples. After scoring just five points on three- and two-point baskets in the opening half, Tanner Davis netted eight including a three in the Toppers’ second-half scoring splurge.
In one play, between DeSmith and Dillon Hierlmeier, Hierlmeier faked a lay-up and passed the ball to DeSmith who attempted a dunk but ended up missing the easy two and falling flat on his back. DeSmith got up laughing and shook off the missed basket and fall.
The second half of the game for Boyceville belonged to Brendan Sempf. The junior made four big shots from behind the three-point arc, including one that ended a four-minute dry spell for the Bulldogs, to finish with 12 points.
The Bulldogs scored 29 points in the second-half but it was still 21 less than the Toppers put in.
“Once we got down we never really were able to bounce back from our slow start,” Donahue explained. “Jaden Reisimer shot the ball well in the first half, Brendan Sempf in the second half.”
In the final few minutes of the game, both Glenwood City and Boyceville began to filter players off the bench, but it would be Ethan Hanson of Glenwood City and Seth Wruck of Boyceville who scored the last-minute points.
Hanson finished with nine points on four doubles and went one-of-six from the line for the Toppers.
Wruck came in off the bench and hit a trey with 32.1 seconds left in the game for his only points.
Dillon Hierlmeier tallied eight points while Gavin Janson and Dan Loring chipped in for six and three points respectively, all on three-point makes.
The Bulldogs also got scoring from Cade Klefstad, Bailey Danovsky and Brady Nye with six, four and three points respectively. Klefstad also had seven blocks against Glenwood City.
Glenwood City finished out the regular season at home against second-place Spring Valley, who needed an overtime to defeat the Toppers in the squads first meeting, on Thursday, February 21. The Hilltoppers, seeded ninth, traveled to #8 Grantsburg last night for a first-round game in the WIAA Division 4 Hudson sectional. The winner will play top seed and last year’s state qualifier Clear Lake in a regional semifinal on Friday, March 1.
Boyceville, meanwhile, finished its regular season slate last Thursday, February 21 in Colfax, taking on the league-leading Vikings. The Bulldogs, seeded 12th, went to Cameron to take on the fourth-seeded Comets in last evening in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal’s game.
Stories on the final regular season contests for both Glenwood City and Boyceville can be found elsewhere in this week’s sports section.
GLENWOOD CITY 79, BOYCEVILLE 45
Glenwood City 29 50 – 79
Boyceville 16 29 – 45
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Glenwood City — B. Hallquist 10-0-3-24, D. Hierlmeier 2-4-2-8, D. Loring 1-0-1-3, G. Janson 2-0-4-6, H. DeSmith 5-4-3-16, E. Hanson 4-1-3-9, T. Davis 5-1-1-13.
Boyceville — J. Reisimer 3-10-2-17, B. Sempf 4-0-3-12, B. Danovsky 1-2-2-4, B. Nye 1-0-3-3, S. Wruck 1-0-0-3, C. Klefstad 2-2-2-6.
GC — B. Hallquist 4, D. Loring 1, G. Janson 2, H. DeSmith 2, T. Davis 2; BV — J. Reisimer 1, B. Sempf 4, B. Nye 1, S. Wruck 1.