L-Cats clinch share of league with victory over Pumas

POYNETTE — Senior guard Mike Herrington had a game-high 24 points and junior forward Charlie Bender added 21 as the Lake Mills boys basketball team clinched a share of its first Capitol North title since 2016-2017 with a 77-53 victory over Poynette on Friday.

Herrington made four of AP Division 3 eighth-ranked Lake Mills' seven 3-pointers. The L-Cats (18-3, 8-1 in conference) were up by 20 at the break over a Poynette (6-15, 1-8) team that made eight of its 20 3-point attempts.

"Those two guys were finding their openings and for Mike it was hitting outside shots and for Charlie it was getting to the basket," Lake Mills boys basketball coach Steve Hicklin said.

Second-place Lodi beat Columbus at home 71-57 on Friday. Lake Mills will host the Blue Devils (14-6, 7-2) on Thursday and can clinch the league crown outright with a win while a loss would mean the two teams share the honor.

"I thought we played well, it was nice to get a piece of that thing," Hicklin said. "The last couple of years we've come close. In the last game of the season, we've had a chance to clinch a share and come up short. It's nice to be on the other side of things this year."

Junior forward Adam Moen totaled 11 points while junior guard Drew Stoddard and junior forward Jaxson Retrum both scored six. Bender had 17 first-half points.

The L-Cats finished second in the league race a season ago and tied for third the year before. After a 19-point win on Tuesday against the Cardinals, there wasn't any letdown on the road.

"I think our guys were motivated to get the conference championship won, get it all taken care of right away and not leave any drama left for this Thursday," Hicklin said. "That was our focus to come out and win a championship. When you have that as your motivation, it is easy to come out and play."

Poynette had three players in double figures, including Noah Stark and Kelby Petersen with 13 points apiece.

Lake Mills' Senior Night tilt with Lodi is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

LAKE MILLS 77, POYNETTE 53

Lake Mills 46 31 — 77

Poynette 26 27 — 53

LAKE MILLS (fg ft-fta pts) — Herrington 9 2-3 24, Stoddard 3 0-0 6, Templin 2 0-0 4, Retrum 3 0-0 6, Moen 2 6-8 11, Bender 9 2-3 21, Johnson 1 0-0 3, Horkan 0 1-2 1. Totals 29 12-16 77.

POYNETTE — O’Conner 1 0-0 3, Stark 5 0-0 13, K. Petersen 5 1-2 13, McCormick 1 0-0 2, Buss 1 0-0 2, Klasky 2 0-0 5, Weisensel 1 1-2 3, Feller 4 3-5 12. Totals 20 5-9 53.

3-point goals: LM 7 (Herrington 4, Moen, Bender, Johnson); P 8 (O’Conner 2, Stark 2, Petersen 2, Klasky, Feller). Total fouls: LM 11; P 13.

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