Bulldogs pull off double victory against Vikings
BY TYLER GASPER
LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC
The Bulldogs jumped out to a commanding lead early on Friday night against their Northwood-Kensett opponents, seizing the momentum and never relinquishing it. Lake Mills led 31-3 at the end of the first quarter, and extended their lead to 51-10 as the game went into halftime. The Bulldog offense was aggressive and unselfish, with four players scoring 10+ points during the game, and 12 players putting points on the board.
“We played unselfishly and came out with great energy from the opening tip,” said Coach Kyle Menke. “The balanced scoring was nice to see, and everyone contributed to the win.”
As a team, the Bulldogs finished the game with 10 three-pointers, 22 offensive rebounds, 21 assists, and 13 steals. Chett Helming and DaShawn Linnen each scored 14 points, with each of them also sinking two three-point goals. Bennet Berger shot for a season-high 13 points and led the team in total three-pointers, sinking three during the game. Caleb Bacon scored 12 points and was the rebounding leader for the Bulldogs, securing a total of nine.
Coach Menke also took the time to praise the play of Jace Johnson and Blake Storby, noting that both of them played “very well” during the game.
“They (Blake and Jace) ran the floor at top speed, rebounded the ball, and attacked the basket with confidence,” said Menke.
Menke finished his comments by saying that this game was a great overall performance for the Bulldogs, and that the unselfish nature of the team members makes them a joy to coach.
The Bulldogs improved their overall season record to 12-2 with this victory.
LM 81, NK 24
Player Pts Reb Assts
Helming 14 0 0
Linnen 14 0 2
Berger 13 0 3
Bacon 12 9 3
Johnson 5 4 0
Storby 5 5 0
Rice 4 6 0
Fritz 4 7 2
Groe 3 0 3
Hanna 3 0 3
Severson 2 0 0
Rogstad 2 0 0
Three Point Goals—Berger 3, Helming 2, Linnen 2, Groe 1, Hanna 1, Bacon 1
It was a closely fought game last Friday night as the LMHS girls’ basketball team faced off against the Northwood-Kensett Vikings. The Bulldogs did not have a good first half, scoring just 12 points and turning the ball over 11 times. Lake Mills entered the second half down by six points, but they were able to turn it around and would end up winning the game by a score of 41-40.
“In the first half, we played quite sloppy,” said Head Coach Garrett Patterson. “We cleaned it up in the second half, forcing some Northwood turnovers and hitting some big shots.”
Hannah Hanson was the scoring leader for the Bulldogs, sinking a total of 13 points, including one three-point goal and shooting 4-7 from the free-throw line. Jessa Gasteiger hit one three pointer and scored a total of nine points. Taylor Ingledue and Kate Groe each secured nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Audrey Casperson and Jessa Gasteiger rebounded the ball a total of six and four times, respectively.
Breanna Mary led the defensive efforts for Lake Mills against the Vikings, stealing the ball five times from their opponents.
With this win the Bulldogs improve their overall season record to 6-9, while their conference record still stands at 4-7.
LM 41, NK 40
Player Pts Reb Stl
B. Mary 3 0 5
Cox 2 2 2
Casperson 2 6 1
Gasteiger 9 4 2
Hanson 13 1 0
Ingledue 4 9 1
K. Groe 6 9 0
Three Point Goals—Gasteiger 1, Hanson 1