Warriors win big over L-Cats
LAKE MILLS — In a battle of experience against youth, it was the experienced Lakeside Lutheran girls basketball team that took down rival Lake Mills 59-36 in a Capitol North Conference game Friday night at home.
Senior wing Kaitlyn Shadoski tallied a game-high 22 points as the Warriors held a seven-point lead at the half and grew throughout the second half to get to the 23-point margin of victory.
“This was just a huge step forward for our team. Lake Mills is young, but oh are they talented,” Lakeside Lutheran head coach Tim Matthies said. “I thought our defense set the tone tonight and created enough opportunities for the offense.”
The Warriors, who did not use full-court pressure until the L-Cats implemented theirs, sped up visiting Lake Mills to the tune of nearly 20 turnovers.
It prevented the L-Cats from gaining any ground in the second half.
“They sped us up, got us out of our game,” Lake Mills head coach Brandon Siska said. “I thought they played more physical and harder than we did, and that’s kind of what it came down to.”
The Warriors got out into transition, finding each other for easy layups. In the halfcourt, Lakeside Lutheran found slashers and mismatches in the post.
Over the final 10 minutes of regulation, in which the Warriors scored 23 points, only one basket was scored from outside of the paint or free-throw line — a Kaylee Raymond 3-pointer.
Shadoski knocked down two 3-pointers, each early in the second half, before finishing strong in the lane. She scored 15 of her 22 points over the final 18 minutes.
“I thought she did a great job of letting things come to her tonight,” Matthies said. “She had pressed a little bit in some of the previous games, and tonight I thought just relaxed and played.”
Lake Mills, with its slew of freshmen and sophomores, was undersized in most positions, and against an aggressive defense could not compete in the post.
“The weight room is going to continue to be big for us,” Siska said. “We have to continue to get stronger and figure out some time to get in the weight room a couple more times a week than we are now.”
The L-Cats hit five of 11 free throws in the game compared to Lakeside’s 11 of 18 from the charity stripe.
The loss, however, will sit with Siska for a while.
“Lakeside is a championship team. You see how hard they play every night, and I’m sure in practice they aren’t taking days off or plays off,” Siska said. “So it’s something we’re working toward and we’ll get it through the maturation process. That one stings because I felt like we were a little more evenly matched than that.”
For the Warriors (3-3, 1-0 Capitol North), it’s just another step toward yet another conference championship.
“We thought we lost a little bit of our grit last weekend in the second half against New Berlin (West),” Matthies said. “You’re just trying to just keep improving and get ready for the next opponent and let the cycle keep going.”
No other player reached double figures for Lakeside Lutheran, but Lauren Thiele posted eight points in the victory. Jade Pitta led Lake Mills (7-3, 0-1) with 11 points, and Julianna Wagner followed with eight of her own.
The Lake Mills Classic will take place Thursday and Friday. Lake Mills will face Glendale Martin Luther at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, while the Warriors will face Baraboo at 3 p.m. the same day.
On Friday, Lake Mills will take on Baraboo at 1:30 p.m. with Lakeside Lutheran facing Martin Luther at 3 p.m. All four games will be at Lakeside Lutheran High School.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 59,
LAKE MILLS 36
Lake Mills 15 21 — 36
Lakeside 22 37 — 59
Lake Mills (fg-ft-tp) — Roughen 3-0-6, Wagner 3-2-8, Pitta 4-2-11, Guerrero 3-1-7, Mahone 2-0-4. Totals 15-5-36.
Lakeside (fg-ft-tp) — Slonaker 1-2-4, Shadoski 8-4-22, Schuetz 1-2-4, Willems 2-1-5, Thiele 4-0-8, Raymond 2-0-6, Buxa 3-0-6, Murray 1-2-4. Totals 22-11-59.
Three-point goals — LM, Pitta; LL, Shadoski 2, Raymond 2.
Total fouls — LM 11, LL 15.