Lakeside beats Poynette for second conference win
LAKE MILLS — Twelve straight points in the second half gave the Lakeside Lutheran prep boys basketball team a comfortable advantage in the second half of its 63-41 victory against Capitol North foe Poynette on Thursday night.
It was a cast of supporting actors who led the Warriors in their run to separate themselves for good. Sure, the senior front-court duo of Jack Monis and Cam Paske led the way with 14 points and 10 points respectively, but it was the contributions from Caleb Raymond (seven points), John O’Donnell (six) and Charlie Miller (five) which separated the Warriors.
In the first half, Raymond scored seven points off the bench — five of which came during an 8-0 run — to help the Warriors build a 32-21 advantage. In the second half, Miller scored five points during a 12-0 run for the Warriors to take a 51-28 lead with 8:45 to play.
“When you can get guys to come off the bench, it really takes a weight off of your shoulders,” Paske said.
“When you can trust them to come in and give us the same intensity and scoring as what we would do, it’s really nice to have good depth.”
Before Lakeside put the game out of reach for good, Monis scored the first five points of the half for the Warriors (8-2, 2-0 Capitol North) to give them the fast start they needed to avoid any threat of an upset from Poynette (3-6, 0-2).
“I think they’re the No. 1 team in the state at Division 3, we’ll see how that shakes out in March,” Poynette coach Cody Odegaard said. “
Yeah, we lost by 22, but we’re getting better every game. The kids worked hard and that’s all you can ask for.”
Senior post Garrett Bruchs scored 17 points to lead the Pumas even though Lakeside was able to mix in four different posts — Paske, Monis, Raymond and Jacob Ulrich.
“We’ve really been trying to get him (Bruchs) to be more aggressive,” Odegaard said. “Sometimes he’s really passive and he’s trying to figure out how to get his teammates involved, which isn’t a bad thing, but we need him to be more aggressive. I thought he did a great job of that tonight.”
“It’s really tough because he was doing a good job of getting deep and going under the basket with his left,” Paske said.
Poynette senior guard Kevin Gorman made a 3-pointer to cut the Lakeside lead to 17-14 and Monis answered with a 3-pointer which sparked the 8-0 run to give the Warriors took a 25-14 lead with 3:39 left.
It was pressure on guards in an extended 1-2-2 full-court pressure that was more of a full-court stalk. In the 8-0 run, Lakeside was able to make the Poynette guards uncomfortable to force turnovers and limit good offensive scoring opportunities.
“I thought we played really hard,” Lakeside coach Kirk DeNoyer said.
“We had 14 or 15 deflections and quite a few steals, so our pressure was really good. That was part of our game plan so I was really happy with how everyone played on defense.”
Lakeside Lutheran continues its season with its road matchup against Lake Mills on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 63,
Poynette 21 20 — 41
Lakeside 32 31 — 63
Poynette (fg-ft-tp) — O’Conner 2-0-4, Moll 1-0-2, Gorman 2-0-6, Ke. Petersen 2-0-5, Buss 0-1-1, Savich 0-1-1, Bruchs 8-1-17, Feller 2-0-5. Totals 17-3-41.
Lakeside Lutheran (fg-ft-tp) — DeNoyer 1-2-5, Hackbarth 1-0-2, Kuepers 1-0-2, Davis 2-0-5, 1-0-2, Schneider 2-2-6, Paske 5-0-10, Monis 6-1-14, Ulrich 2-0-4, Raymond 3-0-7, Miller 2-0-5. Total 26-6-63.
Three-pointers — P, Gorman 2, Ke. Petersen, Feller; LL, DeNoyer, Monis, Davis, Raymond, Miller. Total fouls — P 16, LL 14.