Roughen’s 27-point performance lifts L-Cats over Phoenix
Sophomore shooting guard Taylor Roughen poured in a game-high 27 points and hit two of her five 3-pointers, including a 4-point play, on the Lake Mills girls basketball team’s decisive 18-0 run in the second half to propel the L-Cats to a 52-33 Capitol North victory over Luther Prep on Friday at LPS.
Sophomore point guard Julianna Wagner capped the scoring spurt with a 3-point shot from the top of the key to give Lake Mills a 48-29 lead with 4 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.
Lake Mills (11-4, 3-1 conference) snapped a four-game losing streak to Luther Prep (5-5, 0-3) despite playing without second-leading scorer Jade Pitta who is nursing an ankle injury.
The L-Cats, now winners of four consecutive games, led by five points at halftime and pulled away thanks to 16 second-half points from Roughen.
“She played great shooting the ball,” Lake Mills girls basketball coach Brandon Siska said. “We were struggling to shoot it and missed some easy looks in the first half. The and-1 was a huge play. Wagner’s 3 and the and-1 kind of put the game away. She got hot tonight and she’s capable of doing that just about every night. Mahone did a good job on (Grace Schmidt) whose a very good post player. Hannah Lamke had a couple of big plays with a steal and an and-1 coming off the bench. Vivian Guerrero rebounded like crazy tonight which was huge. Wagner was the floor general.”
Freshman forward Grace Schmidt totaled 14 points for the Phoenix and finished off a 3-point play to cut Lake Mills’ lead to 30-29 with 11:35 to go.
Luther Prep had a chance to take the lead after a Lake Mills turnover but committed a turnover of their own and could never regain momentum.
“It wasn’t just one moment,” Luther Prep girls basketball coach Mark Schroeder said. “There were those high times when emotions are charged but I wouldn’t pin it on that at all. I was happy with the shots we took. I was happy with the hustle we showed. I was really happy with the defensive effort that we had in the first half. The ball just didn’t go in the hoop on our shots. Our girls are excited to play them again and get another shot at taking them on. I hope that even though we are starting out conference play at 0-3, we are putting everybody on the watch list and give them a game every single time we play.”
Sophomore center Vivian Guerrero notched nine points and Wagner chipped in six for the L-Cats.
Roughen and sophomore Ava Wollin made baskets on back-to-back trips to open the second-half scoring. Lauren Paulsen made a transition layin and Schmidt stole a pass and went coast-to-coast and hit a lefty layup to pull Luther Prep within 1.
Wagner scored the games next three points to push the lead to 30-26.
“We didn’t execute as well as we would have liked in the first half,” Siska said. “In the second half, we played much better defense. We executed what we had planned. All in all, that’s a good win. We’re down Jade Pitta our number two scorer. This is a tough place to play. This is a big win on the road especially without one of our starters.”
Roughen connected on consecutive 3-pointers with the game knotted at 11 midway through the first half.
The Phoenix closed the half on a 7-4 run after Schmidt and junior Ana Glisper made shots in the paint.
“I thought the girls played hard,” Schroeder said. “The ball just didn’t go in the hoop tonight. I don’t want to take anything away from Lake Mills, they did a great job and worked the ball well. They have some good players and are a tough team. I was really happy with how our girls played tonight and the way they hustled and competed. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t go your way.”
Sophomore Lauren Paulsen supplied eight points and Glisper finished with four for Luther Prep.
Lake Mills freshman forward McClain Mahone tallied five points.
Luther Prep hosts Lakeside Lutheran on Tuesday.
Lake Mills hosts Poynette on Thursday.
LAKE MILLS 52, LUTHER PREP 33
Lake Mills 23 29 — 52
Luther Prep 18 15 — 33
Lake Mills (fg-ft-tp) — Roughen 9-4-27, Wagner 2-1-6, Guerrero 3-3-9, Lamke 1-0-2, Mahone 2-1-5, Wollin 1-1-3. Totals 18 10-15 52.
Luther Prep (fg-ft-tp) — Goba 0-2-2, Paulsen 3-0-8, Glisper 2-0-4, Bridgemen 1-0-3, Burke 1-0-2, Schmidt 6-2-14. Totals 13 4-6 33.
Three-point goals — LM, Roughen 5, Wagner; LP, Paulsen 2, Bridgemen.
Total fouls — LM 7, LP 14.