L-Cats, Warriors victorious in season openers; Trojans fall to Randolph
MARSHALL — The Lake Mills boys basketball team didn’t start their first game of the season in ideal fashion.
The L-Cats trailed host Marshall 21-9 in the first half but rallied from behind to top the Cardinals 62-53 in a nonconference season-opener on Tuesday night.
Lake Mills junior reserve guard Kevin Madderom made consecutive 3-pointers with the team trailing by 12 points in the first half to spring the offense.
The L-Cats closed the game with a 13-2 scoring run and J.T. Toepfer scored seven straight points with the game knotted at 51 apiece to give Lake Mills some separation.
“It’s always good to get a win on the road,” Lake Mills head coach Steve Hicklin said. “Hopefully we learned our lesson on how to start (the game) and we can apply that to the rest of the schedule. I was proud of the way we bounced back in the second half and showed mental toughness, which bodes well for the rest of the season.”
Toepfer finished with a game-high 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half, and teammate Mike Herrington notched 12.
“We were putting (Toepfer) in pick and rolls,” Hicklin said. “We kind of ran the offense through him and trusted him to make good decisions with the ball which he did.”
Lake Mills’ Jaxson Retrum and Adam Moen each supplied 11 points.
For Marshall, Gabe Stewart scored 11 points. The Cardinals started a pair of freshmen and brought a third off the bench.
Lake Mills plays at Racine St. Catherine’s on Friday night.
LAKE MILLS 62, MARSHALL 53
Lake Mills 25 37 — 62
Marshall 32 21 — 53
Lake Mills (fg-ft-tp) — Herrington 5-2-12, Madderom 2-0-6, Toepfer 7-2-17, Retrum 5-1-11, Moen 5-0-11, Bender 2-0-5. Totals 26 5-11 62.
Marshall (fg-ft-tp) — Chadwick 4-0-10, Luzenski 1-0-3, Killerlain 3-0-7, Stewart 4-3-11, Denniston 3-0-9, Ward 3-2-9, Cook 0-1-1, Truschinski 1-0-3. Totals 19 6-12 53.
Three-point goals — LM, Madderom 2, Toepfer, Moen, Bender; M, Denniston 3, Chadwick 2, Luzenski, Killerlain, Ward, Truschinski.
Total fouls — LM, 16, M, 16.
Fouled out — M, Ward.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 71,
CAMBRIDGE — Cameron Paske scored 16 points and Jack Monis and Caleb Kuepers each added 10 to push the visiting Lakeside Lutheran boys basketball team past Cambridge 71-50 in a season-opening nonconference game on Tuesday night.
It didn’t take the Warriors, a team with nine seniors on it, long to find their groove.
“I was really happy the way we played in our first game,” Lakeside head coach Kirk DeNoyer said. “We were real sharp. We got an opportunity to see some of our bench guys and see who are going to be some of our contributors off the bench.”
Lakeside led by 20 points at the break and relied on scoring from the perimeter and the paint.
“We scored in a variety of ways,” DeNoyer said. “We started getting the ball inside well. When they packed in it, we started scoring from the outside.”
The Warriors’ defense used more pressure then in the past and held Cambridge (0-2) to 14 first-half points.
Lakeside’s Caleb Raymond scored eight points and teammate Will DeNoyer tallied seven.
Bailey Furseth was the lone Cambridge player in double figures with 10 points.
Lakeside hosts Elkhorn on Friday night.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 71,
Lakeside 34 37 — 71
Cambridge 14 36 — 50
Lakeside (fg-ft-tp) — DeNoyer 2-2-7, Hackbarth 2-0-4, Kuepers 3-4-10, Davis 2-0-5, Schultz 1-2-4, Schneider 2-0-5, Paske 8-0-16, Monis 4-1-10, Ulrich 1-0-2, Raymond 3-0-8. Totals 28 9-10 71.
Cambridge (fg-ft-tp) — Kravik 2-0-4, Janson 2-2-8, Furseth 5-0-10, Downing 2-0-4, Jeffrey 1-0-3, Eaton 1-2-5, Joyce 2-2-8, Kaiser 0-1-1, Nikolay 0-1-1, Marty 1-1-3, Muth 1-0-2, Frey 1-0-2. Totals 18 9-10 50.
Three-point goals — LL, Raymond 2, DeNoyer, Davis, Schneider, Monis; C, Janson 2, Joyce 2, Jeffrey, Eaton.
Total fouls — LL 16, C 11.
RANDOLPH — Three players reached double figures for Randolph, which pulled away late for a 56-41 nonconference win over Dodgeland’s boys basketball team on Tuesday.
Senior forward Zach Yuenger had a double-double, finishing with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Dakota Grueneberg added nine rebounds. Junior point guard Seth Christopherson hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points.
“We suited up eight for varsity,” Dodgeland boys basketball coach Bill Otte said. “I have two kids hurt and another who doesn’t have enough practice time in to be able to play. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. The score doesn’t show the level of the competition. We cut it to 32-30 at one point with about 10 minutes to go and we basically ran out of gas.
“My three sophomores, Sy (Otte), Dilan (Fenner) and Christian (Nunez), gave me what they had. It was a good experience for them, to play against that competition. They are good, well schooled, like any Randolph team is.
“They had some extra. They are deeper than we are. They were able to get guys more breathers and we had a little bit of foul trouble. There are always things to work on, but there were a lot of good things I saw tonight.”
Yuenger needs 19 points to break the school scoring record, which could happen when the Trojans host Parkview on Thursday.
RANDOLPH 56, DODGELAND 41
Dodgeland 23 18 — 41
Randolph 28 28 — 56
Dodgeland (fg-ft-tp) — Yuenger 6-7-21, Otte 2-1-5, Grueneberg 0-2-2, Christopherson 3-2-11, Blome 1-0-2. Totals 12 12-17 41.
Randolph (fg-ft-tp) — Kohn 1-0-2, Alderden 1-0-2, Haffele 3-3-10, Alvin 6-0-12, Moldenhauer 2-4-8, Westra 1-0-3, Roberts 5-0-13, Cupery 3-0-6. Totals 22 7-14 56.
Three-point goals — D, Yuenger 2, Christopherson 3; R, Haffele, Westra, Roberts 3.
Total fouls — D, 15, R, 17.
Fouled out — D, Smedema.