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Luther Prep girls fall to WLA in season opener

November 18, 2018

When a team graduates its top three leading scorers from the prior season, like the Luther Prep program did, the opening game of a new campaign can be a bit of a feeling out process.

For the Luther Prep girls basketball team Friday night, it was just that as the squad fell to Winnebago Lutheran Academy 57-38 in a nonconference game at LPS.

WLA (2-0) led 17-10 with 7 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the first half and by ten at halftime. The Vikings ran off five consecutive points to start the second half and pushed their lead to 18 with 14 minutes to play.

Luther Prep (1-0) freshmen forward Grace Schmidt scored a game-high 16 points, 11 of which came in the second frame.

“I’ve known her since she’s been in fourth or fifth grade,” Luther Prep first-year head coach Mark Schroeder said. “She’s come to all of our basketball camps here at school. I’ve been excited to have the opportunity to able to coach her when she’s been coming up. We’re excited for what she’ll be able to do going forward.”

The Phoenix were able to find good offensive looks early on but the shots weren’t falling with regularity.

“I thought we had some good looks inside and some good shots that we were taking in the first half,” Schroeder said. “The freshmen and sophomores we had in there, for a lot of those girls this was really their first time playing in a varsity game.”

Luther Prep’s effort on the defensive end was steady but guarding against the Vikings’ screen game proved to be a challenge.

“(We are going to) work on making sure we know our assignments and making sure we are working on hedging on screens,” said Schroeder.

WLA’s Alayna Suprenand scored 15 points and teammate Geneva Hewitt added 13.

Luther Prep returns to action on Tuesday at home against Lake Country Lutheran at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Schroeder said. “Hats off to WLA, they did a really great job. They have a good program and gave us some good things to work on and we’re thankful for that.”

WINNEBAGO LUTHERAN 57, LUTHER PREP 38

Winnebago Lutheran 25 32 — 57

Luther Prep 15 23 — 38

Winnebago (fg-ft-tp) -- Loehr 3-0-8, Lorenz 2-2-6, Bonilla 1-0-3, Honaker 3-4-10, Frey 0-2-2, Suprenand 6-0-15, Hewitt 4-2-13. Totals 19 11-16 57.

Luther Prep (fg-ft-tp) -- Thede 1-2-4, Goba 1-0-2, Glisper 1-2-4, Kieselhorst 1-0-2, Hunter 1-0-2, Burke 3-0-6, Schmidt 4-8-16, Zellmer 1-0-2. Totals 13 12-15 38.

Three-point goals WL, Hewitt 3, Loehr 2, Suprenand 2, Bonilla

Total fouls -- WL 16, LP 18

Fouled out -- WL, Frey.

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