Drew Stoddard scored nine consecutive points midway through the first half, helping push the L-Cat lead to nine.
The junior point guard then hit two more shots in the lane before the break en route to finishing the half with 19 points, totaling a career-high 29 for the game, as the Lake Mills boys basketball team won its 10th straight game, defeating visiting Deerfield 71-52 in a non-conference game at LMHS on Thursday, Jan. 9.
“He was doing a good job on ball reversal going off the catch to the lane,” Lake Mills head coach Steve Hicklin said. “He is crafty finisher in there and has a lot of different ways to finish. With some of the guys around him, he was taking advantage of that space.”
Junior forwards Jaxson Retrum and Adam Moen each finished with 10 points and junior wing Charlie Bender had nine, including the team’s only 3-pointer.
“We’re sharing the ball really well right now. When people think of Lake Mills they think of shooting and hitting 3s,” Hicklin said. “This team is more complete, we can get to the basket in a way other teams haven’t been able to. Happy the way we are sharing the basketball right now.”
Stoddard, who was 11-for-14 at the free throw line, finished a 3-point play through Deerfield freshman Cal Fisher to make 13-8 Lake Mills (10-1) in the early going. He then made a pair of free throws and finished two layups to stretch the lead to 19-10.
Retrum scored layups on consecutive trips before senior guard Matt Johnson hit a stepback jumper, pushing the lead to 11. Bender scored a layup inside that was sandwiched between two Herrington layups that made it 31-18 with four minutes to play in the first. Stoddard and Bender had buckets to answer a 3-pointer by Demon junior Makhai Navarro as the L-Cats led by 17 at the break, using steals and rebounds to get the transition game going.
“That’s something that is a big strength for our team,” Hicklin said. “We’ve been rebounding well. We don’t have to wait for a point guard to circle back. That makes us hard to handle in transition when we get rebounds and get going like that.”
For Deerfield (5-5), senior Tyler Haak totaled 12 and Fisher finished with 11.
The L-Cats, ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Division 3 state poll, play their Capitol North Conference opener at Watertown Luther Prep on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
LAKE MILLS 71
Deerfield 23 29 — 52
Lake Mills 40 31 — 71
Deerfield (fg-ftm-pts) — Navarro 2-0-5, Doyle 0-2-2, Mathwig 1-0-2, Fisher 3-5-11, Klade 2-0-4, Haak 5-4-15, Lasack 2-1-5, Gjermo 2-0-4, Bonjour 2-0-4. Totals 19 12-15 52.
Lake Mills — Wilke 0-1-1, Herrington 3-2-8, Stoddard 9-11-29, Retrum 5-0-10, Moen 4-2-10, Bender 4-0-9, Johnson 1-0-2, Foster 1-0-2. Totals 27 16-27 71.
3-point goals — D (Navarro, Haak) 2; LM (Bender) 1. Total fouls — D 20, LM 14. Fouled out — D, Navarro.
Lake Mills 59
Sauk Prairie 49
Lake Mills extended its win streak to nine games when it defeated visiting Sauk Prairie 59-49 in a non-conference game on Tuesday.
“It was a good win for us. Sauk has some guys that can score the ball, 6-foot-7 players that I thought we did a nice job defensively on, holding them below their average,” Lake Mills boys basketball coach Steve Hicklin said. “Defense was kind of the name of the game for us tonight.”
The L-Cats (9-1) led by 12 at the break. Junior guard Drew Stoddard and senior guard Mike Herrington each scored 17. Herrington made three 3-pointers in the first stanza.
Junior forward Adam Moen had nine first-half points, senior guard Matt Johnson tallied seven and junior forward Jaxson Retrum had six.
“I thought Drew and Mike did a nice job,” Hicklin said. “Sauk had some of their best guys chasing Matt and Charlie (Bender) around. Drew especially in the second half was kind of carrying us to the finish line.”
Sauk (3-6) had four players register points, including Isaac Breunig with 17.
LAKE MILLS 59
SAUK PRAIRIE 49
Sauk Prairie 20 29 — 49
Lake Mills 32 27 — 59
Sauk Prairie (fg-ftm-pts) — German 3-0-8, Breunig 6-3-17, Spray 6-1-14, Wilson 4-1-10. Totals 19 5-9 49.
Lake Mills — Herrington 6-1-17, Stoddard 6-2-17, Retrum 3-0-6, Moen 4-0-9, Bender 1-1-3, Johnson 2-2-7. Totals 22 6-13 59.
3-point goals — SP (German 2, Breunig 2, Spray, Wilson) 6; LM (Herrington 4, Stoddard 3, Moen, Johnson) 9. Total fouls — SP 13, LM 8.