Hustisford tops Dodgeland to remain unbeaten; Bluejays, Pirates lose
HUSTISFORD — This game was a lot closer than most people expected it would be.
Hustisford’s boys basketball team remained unbeaten through 10 games, but Dodgeland played the Falcons closer than any other team this season in a 67-56 loss on Thursday in the Falcons’ Nest.
Husty (10-0, 5-0 Trailways East) had beaten eight of its first nine opponents by 20 or more points, while Dodgeland (3-7, 1-3) was no stranger to lopsided defeats.
Chalk it up to the rivalry, or the strides the Trojans are making, but they certainly took some positives away from this one.
“We were shorthanded,” Dodgeland boys basketball coach Bill Otte said. “We don’t have Peter Mountin. That’s another body that would help. But I don’t think I can be any more impressed with my own boys. They gave it everything they had. I hate that it (goes down as an 11-point loss). We’re a better team right now. I hope we turn the corner.”
Dodgeland trailed 37-30 at the break and twice pulled within a basket in the second half. The Trojans trailed 49-47 and had a chance at the lead when Sy Otte’s open 3 from the corner missed the mark.
Hustisford scored the next six points and never let the Trojans threaten again.
Senior guard Justin Kuehl led the Falcons with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
Kuehl padded his dunk totals on the season with three more, though flexing his muscles after the second one earned him a technical foul.
But it was Kuehl’s assists that allowed Husty to finally break away. With Dodgeland clogging the lane to attempt any runway jams, Kuehl stayed patient and looked for his teammates. Twice he found sophomore forward Brody Thimm for layups during the game-breaking spurt. Thimm finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
“I thought Brody played a good game tonight,” Hustisford boys basketball coach Jake Falkenthal said. “He found the holes in the zone and just needed to be patient and Justin being the good player he is was able to find him. (Junior point guard) Dylan Schmitt and (sophomore guard) Dylan Kuehl, they can get in the lane, too. They are all going to collapse on it. Justin found Brody for some, nice easy baskets. That helped big time.”
Schmitt poured in 20 points to go with five rebounds and five assists, while sophomore guard Dylan Kuehl added eight points and eight rebounds for Husty.
Dodgeland was led by senior forward Zach Yuenger, who led all scorers with 31 points and added nine rebounds and five assists. Junior point guard Seth Christopherson added 11 points. Senior guard Nick Blome had three steals.
“It boiled down to we couldn’t get over the hump,” coach Otte said. “But as a team, we had 13 assists out of 20 made buckets. That’s great. We’ve been trying to get there. There was some definite growth tonight. I hope that translates moving forward.”
Falkenthal won’t be surprised if it does.
“Zach’s dad said that was probably their best game of the year so far,” Falkenthal said. “We know we’re going to get the other team’s best effort, every game. Teams we play are going to play their A game. We were caught off guard a bit for the better part of the first half, but we weathered the storm and battled through it.
“It was ugly at times, but we did some good things and in the end got the W. That is what matters is getting a win at the end of the day. I give Dodgeland a lot of credit. They came out and didn’t back down. People might have thought it might be a blowout, but they came to play. I give credit to coach Otte, and to Zach and Seth. Zach worked for all of his points tonight, that’s for sure.”
Both teams play on Saturday. Hustisford plays at Johnson Creek at 2:30 p.m. while Dodgeland hosts Horicon at 3:30 p.m.
HUSTISFORD 67, DODGELAND 56
Dodgeland 30 26 — 56
Hustisford 37 30 — 67
Dodgeland (fg-ft-tp) — Yuenger 10-9-31, Otte 2-0-5, Grueneberg 2-0-4, Christopherson 4-0-11, Blome 1-0-2, Smedema 1-1-3. Totals 20 10-13 56.
Hustisford (fg-ft-tp) — Schmitt 8-4-20, J. Kuehl 8-2-21, T. Kehl 1-0-2, Thimm 6-0-12, D. Kuehl 3-2-8, Z. Kehl 2-0-4. Totals 28 8-13 67.
Three-point goals — D, Yuenger 2, Otte, Christopherson 3. H, J. Kuehl 3
Total fouls — D 18, H 11
Technical foul — H, J. Kuehl
JOHNSON CREEK 60
JOHNSON CREEK — Senior guard Jarrett Brown’s 3-pointer in the closing moments lifted Parkview to a 62-60 Trailways South win over Johnson Creek’s boys basketball team on Thursday.
Senior center Aydon Campbell led all scorers with 22 points to pace Parkview (6-4, 3-1 in conference). Senior guard/forward Jamison Richardt scored 20 to lead Johnson Creek (5-6, 2-2). Senior guard Cole Ducklow added 13 points and junior guard Alex Garza added 11 for the Bluejays.
“We turned it over twice (ahead of Brown’s 3) to let them back into it,” Johnson Creek boys basketball coach Ryan Lind said. “(Campbell) dominated us inside. Cole had a look at a 3 to win it with several hands in his face and missed it.”
Johnson Creek hosts Hustisford in a nonconference game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
PARKVIEW 62, JOHNSON CREEK 60
Parkview 29 33 — 62
Johnson Creek 28 32 — 60
Parkview (fg-ft-tp) — Brown 2-0-6, Oswald 1-0-2, Campbell 10-2-22, Hoscheit 3-1-7, Balch 7-2-19, Unseth 0-2-2, Burns 2-0-4. Totals 25 7-10 62.
Johnson Creek (fg-ft-tp) — Ducklow 5-1-13, Henningsen 2-0-4, Swanson 3-1-7, Richardt 9-1-20, Johnson 2-1-5, Garza 3-3-11. Totals 24 7-13 60.
Three-point goals — P, Brown 2, Balch 3; JC, Ducklow 2, Richardt
Total fouls — P 9, JC 7
BELLEVILLE — Senior guard Jaydon Winkers led three players in double figures with 17 points as Belleville beat Waterloo 74-62 in a Capitol South game on Thursday.
Junior forward Royce Clark added 16 points and senior forward Austin Fahey added 14 points for Belleville (6-4, 1-1 in conference).
Senior guard Aaron Brey scored a game-high 25 points and senior point guard Spencer Noel added 21 for Waterloo (1-11, 0-2) in the first game with Brian Lutz as the head coach. Lutz succeeds longtime coach Bryan Setz, who was replaced by the school board earlier this week.
Waterloo hosts Wisconsin Heights on Tuesday.
BELLEVILLE 74, WATERLOO 62
Waterloo 30 32 — 62
Belleville 34 40 — 74
Waterloo (fg-ft-tp) — Noel 8-1-21, Huebner 2-1-5, Bostwick 1-0-2, Jiles 1-0-2, Strnad 0-3-3, O’Neal 1-0-2, Silter 1-0-2, Brey 10-0-25. Totals 24 5-11 62.
Belleville (fg-ft-tp) — Winkers 6-0-17, A. Fahey 5-1-14, Schulting 2-2-6, Schrader 4-0-8, Gratz 1-0-2, Clark 7-2-16, S. Fahey 4-0-9, Grebel 1-0-2. Totals 30 5-10 74.
Three-point goals — W, Noel 4, Brey 5; BE, Winkers 5, A. Fahey 3, S. Fahey.
Total fouls — W 9, B 13.