WATERTOWN — Watertown Luther Prep erased an early double-digit deficit on Senior Night to tie it with 3 minutes, 40 seconds remaining.
Lakeside then closed the game on an 8-0 run to win its sixth straight on the road against Luther Prep, claiming a 48-40 victory in Capitol North boys basketball action Friday.
The Warriors went 6-for-10 at the free throw line in the final three minutes, including the go-ahead points on a pair of shots at the stripe by senior forward Logan Pampel with 3:05 left.
“We talked at the last timeout about talking control of the game from here, playing the last three minutes out,” Lakeside Lutheran boys basketball coach Todd Jahns said. “Defensively we made a slight adjustment on the ball with dribble penetration and making an attempt to get it out of (Paul) Frick’s hands. In terms of fundamental execution: we contested shots, got the rebound, took care of the basketball and made enough free throws to win. I thought we kept them from getting to the hole.”
Luther Prep (5-14, 1-8 Capitol North) used an 8-0 run that included four points each from senior guard Paul Frick and senior forward Cole Burow to square it at 34 with 7:00 left. Lakeside scored six of the next seven points that included two momentum plays by senior guard Carter Schneider, who converted a 3-point play and saved an errant pass to find freshman guard Levi Birkholz cutting to the basket. Birkholz made 1-of-2 at the line after being fouled to make it 40-35 with 4:20 to go.
Frick, who scored a game-high 15 points, knocked down a 3 from the top of the key and senior guard Nate de Galley went 2-for-2 at the line to tie it at 40-40 under four to go. The Phoenix were held scoreless from there despite four looks from beyond the arc in a game that saw each team make two 3s.
“Overall our night defensively was good, we took away the 3-point shot,” Jahns said. “I felt we made them work for every possession, really happy with that. We were 2-for-12 from 3. We were taking good shots, they just weren’t going for us. Our guys needed to win, they’ve been working hard. They’re excited.
“To be playing with that energy is a credit and testament to the guys I have in the locker room. We had fun tonight and are going to have fun this week at practice and keep going.”
Lakeside (10-11, 4-5) led by six at the break but managed only 12 points in the first 15 minutes of the second stanza.
“They did exactly what we asked them to do. We wanted to keep shots to the outside so we could prevent them from getting into the paint,” Luther Prep boys basketball coach Nate Kieselhorst said of the defense. “They were moving their feet and laid it all out there. They did an outstanding job being tenacious on the defensive end and didn’t let up all the way until the end there when we had to start fouling. Give Lakeside credit, they hit some free throws at the end that helped them out. It was a great high school basketball atmosphere, you couldn’t ask for anything more there.”
The Warriors led 15-5 early on a jumper by Schneider, who scored a team-high 11 points. Layups by de Galley, junior guard Atticus Lawrenz and senior guard Silas Steinbrenner made it 21-20 Lakeside with two minutes to play before half.
Senior guard Matt Davis and Pampel each tallied 10 points while senior guard Collin Schulz had nine, hitting two 3s. The Warriors have now won the last four in the biannual rivalry.
Lakeside received a No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 St. Thomas More in a WIAA Division 3 regional opener on Tuesday, March 3. Tipoff at LLHS is 7 p.m.
Lakeside concludes Capitol North play with its Senior Night against Poynette on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 48
LUTHER PREP 40
Lakeside Lutheran 28 20 — 48
Luther Prep 22 18 — 40
Lakeside Lutheran (fg ft-fta pts) — Schulz 3 1-2 9, Davis 4 2-2 10, Olszewski 1 1-2 3, Schneider 5 1-2 11, Pampel 2 6-9 10, Birkholz 1 3-6 5. Totals 16 14-23 48.
Luther Prep — Lawrenz 1 0-0 2, Burow 3 0-0 6, de Galley 2 4-4 9, Balge 2 2-4 6, Steinbrenner 1 0-0 2, Frick 5 4-4 15. Totals 14 10-12 40.
3-point goals: LL 2 (Schulz); LP 2 (de Galley, Frick). Total fouls: LL 13; LP 20.
Four players in double digits wasn’t enough as Lakeside Lutheran was defeated by Lodi, 56-53, in a Capitol North game Tuesday in Lake Mills.
Matt Davis and Ian Olszewski both scored 12 points for the Warriors. Carter Schneider and Collin Schulz added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Lakeside was not able to overcome a 20-16 halftime deficit, despite scoring 37 points in the second half.
LODI 56, LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 53
Lodi 20 36 — 56
Lakeside Lutheran 16 37 — 53
Lodi (fg ft-fta pts) — Traeder 5 1-2 12, Q. Faust 2 4-8 8, Coddington 2 2-2 7, C. Faust 2 0-0 4, Richards 2 1-2 7, Persike 2 11-14 16, Parsons 1 0-2 2. Totals — 16 19-30 56.
Lakeside Lutheran — Schulz 4 2-3 10, Davis 4 3-4 12, Olszewski 5 2-4 12, Schneider 4 1-2 11, O’Donnel 1 0-0 3, Pampel 0 1-2 1, Birkholz 2 0-0 4. Totals — 20 9-15 53.
3-point goals — L (Richards 2, Persike, Traeder, Coddington) 5; LL (Schneider 2, Davis 2, O’Donnell) 5. Total fouls — L 13, LL 15.