Groe, defense helps Lake Mills roll over Central Springs

Published 9:17 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Few players in the Top of Iowa Conference have had a better start than Lake Mills’ Charlie Dugger. He came into Monday’s game against Central Springs averaging 19.3 points per game and has helped the Bulldogs to a 4-0 start.

On Monday night, the Bulldogs introduced a new player into their linuep — Luke Groe — and he put on quite the performance. The defense also helped, as Lake Mills ran its record  to 5-0 with a 74-32 victory.

Groe finished with a game-high 26 points and the defense limited Central Springs to four quarters in single-digits in the scoring column.

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“We played very well in the first and third quarters,” Bulldogs coach Kyle Menke said. “(Luke) had an outstanding performance in his first game of the year.”

Lake Mills scored 27 points in the first quarter, and followed it up with 24 points in the third quarter. It held a 34-17 lead at halftime and limited Central Springs to six points in the third quarter to take a 58-26 lead into the fourth quarter.

Jacob Langenbau notched a double-double — 11 points and 14 rebounds — and Trevor Hanna added nine points and eight assists.

Lake Mills will travel to Eagle Grove tonight.