Lourdes hands Husty first loss in ranked matchup
HUSTISFORD — The only team that can play with Lourdes Academy in the Trailways East is Hustisford.
But even the Falcons can’t afford to try beating the Knights at their own game.
Lourdes Academy showed off its 3-point shooting prowess, knocking down seven triples in the first half and finishing with nine for the game. Hustisford got caught up trying to match shot for shot beyond the arc and finished 7-of-26.
A cold night from deep combined with some costly turnovers in the first half left Husty on the short end of an 83-74 score on Tuesday at the Falcons’ Nest.
Senior forward Henry Noone was particularly deadly on this night for Lourdes (11-1, 7-0 in conference), currently ranked fourth in Division 3. Noone hit five of his team’s nine 3-pointers and scored 20 of his game-high 32 points in the first half.
Hustisford (11-1, 5-1), ranked third in Division 5, got 30 points from senior guard Justin Kuehl and 24 from junior point guard Dylan Schmitt.
The first eight minutes of this first place showdown between ranked teams went back and forth.
Noone hit a pair of 3s to help the Knights go up 16-11.
Kuehl scored 10 of his points in the first seven minutes, and used a three-point play and his second 3-pointer to cap an 8-2 run to move the Falcons in front 19-18. Schmitt hit three jumpers in the opening minutes, with the third giving Husty its final lead of the night at 21-20.
But the Falcons turned the ball over eight times in the first half including four in a two-minute stretch which helped Lourdes gain the edge. Sophomore guard Jack McKellips converted a three-point play off a drive, senior forward Hayden Jones finished another drive and Noone connected from the left elbow and just like that Lourdes led 28-21 with eight minutes to go in the half.
The Falcons were settling for open looks from 3 and missing as Lourdes’s lead grew from there.
Noone’s third triple of the half made it 40-27 with two minutes before halftime. The Falcons trailed by 15 at halftime and as many as 16 in the second half, but continued to battle and briefly got back under single digits on a 3-pointer from Schmitt which made it 79-70 with 44 seconds to play.
Sophomore forward Brody Thimm had another strong game for the Falcons underneath and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. But the Falcons also had trouble at times working inside against Jones and Noone, who altered or blocked several shots in the lane.
“I felt we started the game out the way we talked about it, being patient on offense and attacking the basket,” Hustisford boys basketball coach Jake Falkenthal said. “We did that early and we had some good opportunities and Brody had some finishes and got us going, Dylan Schmitt hitting some jumpers there (helped).
“Then a stretch there, we had some turnovers, and they like to shoot the 3. They were making them and we tried to match that from the 3. It’s just something we can’t do. The stats don’t lie. When two guys (Noone and sophomore guard Preston Ruedinger, who added 17) are shooting 50 percent from 3, there’s a reason. Our stats from 3 are different.
“We had to stick to the game plan, no matter what. They were going to go on runs where they would get up maybe six or seven. We couldn’t answer back by launching up shots right away.
“I felt we had a good second half. We didn’t quit. We battled and we cut it back under double figures
Now, we know what to expect. We know what we need to do. We know what their tendencies are going to be. We just need to work a little bit harder, get a little bit better and be ready. The tough part is we’ve got to go to their gym now and do it.”
Kuehl, who scored most of his 18 second half points attacking the basket, added five rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Zach Kehl added five rebounds and three assists.
The two teams play again in Oshkosh on Tuesday, Feb. 15. In the meantime, the Falcons play Thursday at Oakfield. The Oaks are now tied with Husty for second place in the conference with a matching 5-1 record in league play. Lourdes beat Oakfield 89-51 last month.
LOURDES 83, HUSTISFORD 74
Lourdes 46 37 — 83
Hustisford 31 43 — 74
Lourdes (fg-ft-tp) — Hayden 5-1-12, Noone 10-7-32, Ruedinger 4-7-17, McKellips 2-2-7, Bauer 1-0-2, Chier 5-1-11, Muench 1-0-2. Totals 28 18-21 83.
Hustisford (fg-ft-tp) — Schmitt 9-3-24, J. Kuehl 11-4-30, Thimm 6-1-13, D. Kuehl 0-1-1, Z. Kehl 2-2-6. Totals 28 11-15 74.
Three-point goals — OL, Hayden, Noone 5, Ruedinger 2, McKellips; H, D. Schmit 3, J. Kuehl 4.
Total fouls — OL 18, H 18.