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By Missy Klatt
COLFAX — For many, Friday the 13th is not a good day and unfortunately for the Lady Hilltoppers’ basketball team, Friday December 13th, turned out to be a terrible day as far as basketball was concerned.
Glenwood City traveled to Colfax to take on the mighty Vikings in a Dunn-St. Croix conference game. The Vikings, reigning conference co-champions, went into the game with an overall record of 5-1 and have yet to be defeated in conference play.
Not only did the Hilltoppers lose by a substantial margin, 70-21, they also lost one of their starters, Delanie Fayerweather, due to an ankle injury in the second half of play. She sprained her ankle and will be more than likely out for a few weeks.
Head coach Dean Fayerweather admitted that the Hilltoppers did not play well during the first half, stating the girls were frustrated with the Vikings’ defense. By the end of the first half, Glenwood City found was down by 30 points – 41-11.
Colfax senior Kameri Meredith scored 12 points on the Toppers in the first half and 15 in the second half which put her over 1,000 points for her career. According to Coach Fayerweather, the Toppers couldn’t stop her. Meredith, who led all scorers, was also the only player that really hurt the Hilltoppers.
Things were a bit closer in the second half but the Vikings still outscored the Toppers 29-10.
Maddie Oehlke was the top scorer for the Toppers with nine followed by Makiah Schutz with eight.
As for the near future, Fayerweather stated that, “We will need Bella Rassbach and Madelyn Oehlke to step it up as ball handlers now that Delanie is out for an unknown amount of time.”
The coach also went on to say that his girls need to be confident in themselves and start using their skills to take over a game. He feels that he has athletic girls but they need to step it up and compete like he knows they can.
Another concern going forward for Fayerweather is that he believes teams are shutting down Makiah Schutz in the post; meaning that some of the other girls need perform at a higher level to fill that void.
The Glenwood City girls, 3-3 overall and 1-2 in league play, have just one game this week when they host the Mounders from Elk Mound this Thursday, December 19. The Toppers also have one game over the holiday break set for Friday, December 27 when they host Osceola at 5:30 p.m.
Glenwood City (21)
FG-FT-F-T: Rassbach 0-1-1-1, Oehlke 4-1-0-9, Ullom 0-0-1-0, Thompson 0-0-2-0, Leandro-Mendez 0-1-1-1, Strong 0-0-0-0, Fayerweather 1-0-1-2, Schutz 4-0-4-8. Total 9-03-10-21.
FG-FT-F-T: T. Irwin 2-0-1-5, Schleusner 1-0-0-2, Jayna Bowe 2-0-0-6, Meredith 11-4-2-27, Harman 2-0-2-4, Steinke 1-0-2-3, Barstad 1-0-2-2, Wilson 1-0-1-2, Addysin Olson 1-2-0-5, Jillian Bowe 1-0-0-1, Scharlau 4-1-3-9, A. Irwin 2-0-0-4,. Total 28-8-13-70.
Glenwood City……………………..11 10 — 21
Colfax………………………………….41 29 — 70
3-point goals: Colfax: T. Irwin, Jayna Bowe 2, Meredith, Steinke, Addysin Olson.