Eagles turn back Whippets, Hustisford tops Oakfield
JEFFERSON — Whitewater closed the gap on the Jefferson boys basketball team, but the Eagles withstood the surge for a 70-63 home victory on Thursday night in Rock Valley Conference action.
Jefferson got a balanced offensive attack with four different players reaching double figures. Cory Kaiser led the Eagles with 16 points, Jared Vogel scored 15 — including 11 in the second half — and James Monogue finished with 13 points.
Ryan Brost scored 11 points for Jefferson.
Jefferson held a 30-15 advantage in the first half before Whitewater worked its way back within 11 at the break, 34-23. The Whippets then scored 40 points in the second half.
Jake Martin carried the Whippets (3-11, 2-8 RVC) with 25 points, and Dylan Pease chipped in 11 points with three 3-pointers for the visitors.
Vogel saw increased playing time as his presence was required to counter the size advantage Whitewater had with Martin in the post. With increased minutes, Vogel scored 11 points in the second half.
The Eagles started the second half by keeping pace with the Whippets, never letting the lead drop much below double digits.
Jefferson (11-3, 8-2) made 10 of 15 free-throw attempts in the game. The Eagles remained in second place in the conference standings, tied with Evansville.
Only East Troy stands ahead of the Eagles and Blue Devils in the RVC.
The Eagles will travel to Evansville in Rock Valley Conference play on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. Whitewater will host Beloit Turner at the same time and date.
Whippets 23 40 — 63
Eagles 34 36 — 70
Whitewater (fg-ft-tp) — J. Martin 11-3-25, Popke 1-1-3, Brown 1-2-5, Kohl 2-2-6, D. Pease 4-0-11, Grosinske 1-2-4, Stoll 1-2-4, H. Martin 1-0-3. Totals 24-10-63.
Jefferson (fg-ft-tp) — Sukow 1-0-2, Simdon 2-4-8, Kaiser 7-0-16, Fetherston 1-1-3, Stelse 1-0-2, Brost 5-0-11, Monogue 5-3-13, Vogel 6-2-15. Totals 28-10-70.
Three-point goals — W, Brown, D. Pease 3, H. Martin; J, Kaiser 2, Brost, Vogel.
Total fouls — W 16, J 19.
OAKFIELD — Junior point guard Dylan Schmitt scored 24 points to lead Hustisford’s boys basketball team to a 71-44 Trailways East win over Oakfield on Thursday.
Hustisford (12-1, 6-1 in conference) led 28-14 at halftime, paced by 15 points from Schmitt.
The Falcons went off for 43 second half points. Senior guard Justin Kuehl scored all 14 of his points in the second half and added five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Dylan Kuehl scored 11 of his 16 points after halftime and added eight rebounds and four assists. Schmitt also dished out three assists.
“Dylan Schmitt took over the leadership role in the first half,” Hustisford boys basketball coach Jake Falkenthal said. “Justin picked up two quick fouls, so he had no points in the first half. The guys stayed together and got through the half and we came out with a good lead.
“We came out in the second half and got after it. Our defense picked up, and our offense, we were able to attack and had better ball movement. This was a good bounce back win (after losing to Lourdes 84-73 on Tuesday). Hopefully, we can get back on a winning streak again.”
Oakfield slipped to 5-2 in conference.
Hustisford travels to play Wayland on Thursday.
Hustisford 28 43 — 71
Oakfield 14 30 — 44
Hustisford (fg-ft-tp) — Schmitt 10-1-24, Olson 1-0-3, J. Kuehl 6-0-14, Thimm 5-0-10, D. Kuehl 7-0-16, Z. Kehl 0-2-2, Peplinski 1-0-2. Totals 30 3-5 71.
Oakfield (fg-ft-tp) — Cedar 1-0-2, Seyfert 3-2-11, Streeter 1-0-2, Margelofsky 1-2-4, Kottke 2-0-4, Bass 2-3-7, Hofman 7-0-14. Totals 17 7-7 44.
Three-point goals — H, Schmitt 3, Olson, J. Kuehl 2, D. Kuehl 2; O, Seyfert 3
Total fouls — H 9, 0 9