Spartans use strong first half to beat L-Cats
LAKE MILLS — The Lake Mills girls basketball team trailed by 19 points at halftime and the L-Cats couldn’t cut Greendale Martin Luther’s lead to single digits in the second half as the team fell 62-47 in the Lake Mills Classic at Lakeside Lutheran on Thursday afternoon.
Lake Mills (7-4) started the second half with an 8-0 scoring run that started with sophomore point guard Julianna Wagner hitting a 3-point shot from the right wing. Sophomore shooting guard Taylor Roughen then made a 3-pointer from the left side to cut the Spartan lead to 35-24 with 14 minutes, 25 seconds remaining.
Martin Luther’s Emma Kallas answered with a 3-pointer of her own, part of her game-high 24 points, and a running layup to widen the gap to 40-26 with 13:15 left.
Lake Mills’ McClain Mahone and Wagner each hit three’s with under 11 minutes to play but the L-Cats found themselves only being able to trade baskets with the Spartans down the stretch.
“We have to player harder and take pride in the defensive end of the court,” Lake Mills head coach Brandon Siska said. “That’s two in a row we had trouble knocking down shots. We missed at least seven free throws and at least 20 shots within three feet of the basket. Those have to go in. We end up losing by 12. It’s a different ball game if we make the bunnies. We have to start playing harder on defense and playing tougher.”
For Lake Mills, Wagner tallied 15 points and Roughen chipped in 14. Mahone and Jade Pitta each scored five points.
Martin Luther (8-1), ranked No. 10 in Division 3, built an early 7-1 advantage and increased its lead to 24-9 just under midway through the first half.
Transition baskets and the scoring prowess of Kallas made the Spartans difficult to defend.
“Kallas is a good ball player,” Siska said. “She can shoot it and drive it. She’s a senior. We knew on the scouting report what they were going to do on offense. We didn’t defend well enough.”
Lake Mills will try to build off its more consistent offense after halftime for the second game of the tournament.
“Hopefully seeing the ball go through the basket a few times,” Siska said. “We shoot it well in practice. Quite a few games this year we’ve shot it well. What they have to understand is when it’s not going in we have to play even harder on defense.”
Martin Luther’s Abby Hafemann totaled 14 points and Sydney Burris added seven.
Lake Mills plays Baraboo at LLHS today at 1:30 p.m.
GREENDALE MARTIN LUTHER 62, LAKE MILLS 47
Martin Luther 35 27 — 62
Lake Mills 16 31 — 47
Martin Luther (fg-ft-tp) — Kallas 9-3-24, Jensen 1-0-2, Jurss 1-2-4, Briggs 2-0-4, Brick 0-1-1, Solano 2-1-6, Burris 2-3-7, Hafemann 6-0-14. Totals 23 10-17 62.
Lake Mills (fg-ft-tp) — Roughen 4-4-14, Wagner 5-2-15, Pitta 2-1-5, Guerrero 1-1-3, Lamke 0-1-1, Mahone 1-2-5, Wollin 1-2-4. Totals 14 13-20 47.
Three-point goals — ML, Kallas 3, Hafemann 2, Solano; LM, Wagner 3, Roughen 2, Mahone.
Total fouls — ML 22, LM 15.