Another split for Lake Mills
Published 8:55 pm Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Girls’ team struggles, while boys’ team defeats No. 4 team by 18 points
The Lake Mills boys’ and girls’ basketball teams hosted Bishop Garrigan Tuesday night in a battle of the Top of Iowa-West Conference.
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The girls’ team struggled against the No. 2-ranked Golden Bears, falling 89-34. The No. 2-ranked boys’ team, however, added a statement win over the No. 4 Golden Bears, 67-49.
The boys’ game was a fairly close contest up to the start of the fourth quarter.
After going to the halftime break down by just two points, the Bulldogs rallied in the third to take the lead back 46-44 to start the fourth and final quarter.
It was all Bulldogs in the fourth, outscoring the Golden Bears 21-5 to win the game easily.
The Golden Bears committed 18 fouls throughout the game and the Bulldogs capitalized, going 12-21 from the free-throw line.
Junior Dashawn Linnen led all scorers with 24 points. Senior Chett Helming and junior Caleb Bacon were also in double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Helming also contributed five rebounds, while Bacon pulled in 10 boards and dished three assists.
Seniors Colby Groe and Jackson Rice and sophomore Bennett Berger combined for 13 points. Groe notched six rebounds and six assists, and Rice added four rebounds.
“Our guys played their best defense of the year in the second half,” said head coach Kyle Menke. “On offense, we attacked the basket well and shared the ball.”
The boys move to 12-1 on the season and 10-1 in the conference.
In the girls’ game, the Bulldogs struggled to get any offensive momentum against a stout Golden Bears defense.
The leading scorer for Lake Mills was senior Jessa Gasteiger with 10 points. Gasteiger also contributed two rebounds.
Senior Megan Groe was the next highest scorer with eight and junior Taylor Ingledue and sophomore Leah Moen each had six.
“The second time around the conference, the goal is always to improve, play a team better than you did the first time,” said head coach Garret Patterson. “We accomplished this tonight, even though the score may not reflect it. We did a better job of defending, though they have a couple really tough freshman that you can’t plan to stop, just hope to contain. I am proud of the girls’ efforts tonight as we head into the final third of the season.”
The girls fall to 5-9 on the season and both teams will be back in action Friday when they host Osage.