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Lake Mills’ pressure too much in rout

The Lake Mills girls’ basketball team stayed undefeated Friday night by trouncing Belmond-Klemme.

The Bulldogs got big performances from Laura Knudtson (18 points) and Jade Gasteiger (15 points) on their way to a 76-27 victory.

Lake Mills stifled Belmond-Klemme on defense all night long, coming up with 24 steals — five each from Teah Kesler and Knudtson — and were relentless on offense. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-point lead after one quarter, and then stretched that lead by 16 points in the second quarter to take a 48-17 lead into the break.

Lake Mills guard Jewell Gasteiger gets past several Belmond-Klemme defenders on her way to the hoop Friday night. She finished the game with six points and three steals. Lory Groe/for the Albert Lea Tribune

Lake Mills guard Jewell Gasteiger gets past several Belmond-Klemme defenders on her way to the hoop Friday night. She finished the game with six points and three steals. Lory Groe/for the Albert Lea Tribune

Lake Mills’ defense held Belmond-Klemme to 10 points in the second half, including just two points in the third quarter.

Nine players scored for the Bulldogs, with three in double-figures. Kesler scored 11 points. Lexi Groe grabbed 10 rebounds and nine players recorded at least one assist.

Lake Mills is now 3-0 on the season.

It played Nashua-Plainfield at home Saturday.