Kenzie Nielsen

Lake Mills junior guard Kenzie Nielsen shoots a 3-pointer from the corner during a home nonconference game against Janesville Parker on Nov. 19. The L-Cats went 1-1 in games played last week and are 3-1 overall this season.

MARSHALL — Sophomore point guard Emily Wollin led all scorers with 15 points as the Lake Mills girls basketball team defeated host Marshall 53-38 in a rematch of last year’s sectional final in a nonconference game on Saturday.

The L-Cats improve to 3-1, bouncing back with a convincing victory after their first loss of the season Tuesday at Waukesha Catholic Memorial. Lake Mills, which knocked off the Cardinals in double overtime to reach state a year ago, led 31-18 and got up by as many as 25 points in the second period.

“We played hard defensively,” Lake Mills girls basketball coach Brandon Siska said. “We did a better job rebounding tonight and a little better job taking care of the ball.

“Proud of the effort on defense. We executed the scouting report better. To get a double-digit win in a game we were in control of is nice.”

Sophomore wing Taylor Wollin added 13 points for the L-Cats, who went 2-for-20 from 3-point range but closed the first half on an 8-0 spurt, and junior center Bella Pitta chipped in 12 points.

“We got some putbacks, crashed the boards, got to the rim and forced some turnovers that led to transition opportunities with throw ahead passes,” Siska said. “We ran the floor much better tonight. Happy to get back on a winning track and get a win against our rival.”

Junior guard Halle Weisensel led the Cardinals (0-3) with 14 points.

The L-Cats host Randolph on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

LAKE MILLS 53, MARSHALL 38

Lake Mills 31 22 — 53

Marshall 18 20 — 38

Lake Mills (fg ft-ftm pts) — E. Wollin 5 3-3 15, Nielsen 1 0-0 2, Hosey 1 0-0 2, Burling 0 2-2 2, Guerrero 1 0-0 2, T. Wollin 6 1-1 13, Pitta 6 0-0 12, Kleinfeldt 2 1-4 5. Totals 22 7-10 53.

Marshall — Held 1 0-0 3, Jesberger 1 0-0 3, Stuntebeck 0 1-2 1, Rateike 4 0-0 8, Weisensel 5 3-5 14, Fritter 1 0-0 2, Nemec 0 2-2 2, Ward 0 6-6 6. Totals 12 11-15 39.

Three-point goals — LM (E. Wollin 2) 2; M (Weisensel 1, Held 1, Jesberger 1) 3.

Total fouls — LM 15, M 13. Fouled out — M Held.

CATHOLIC MEMORIAL 67,

LAKE MILLS 62

WAUKESHA — Grace Lomen scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as host Waukesha Catholic Memorial snapped the Lake Mills girls basketball team’s nine-game win streak dating back to last season with a 67-62 nonconference win on Tuesday.

Lake Mills (2-1) trailed 10-2 at the get-go and were down 12 in the second half before pulling within four points late. The L-Cats committed 23 turnovers, surrendered 14 offensive boards and went 13-for-25 at the free throw line.

“Proud of the way we fought back,” Lake Mills girls basketball coach Brandon Siska said. “Our youth showed tonight. This is a good learning experience for us. We have a lot of potential, but also have a lot to improve on.”

Junior center Bella Pitta scored a career-high 27 points and sophomore point guard Emily Wollin tallied a career-best 21, scoring 17 points in the second period for the L-Cats, who hit just one three-pointer.

Jenna Welsch added 20 points and Olivia Conway contributed 13 for the Crusaders (1-1).

CATHOLIC MEMORIAL 67,

LAKE MILLS 62

Lake Mills 19 43 — 62

Catholic Memorial 27 40 — 67

Lake Mills (fg ft-ftm pts) — E. Wollin 7 6-12 21, Hosey 1 3-4 5, Burling 1 0-1 2, T. Wollin 1 1-4 3, Pitta 12 3-4 27, Kleinfeldt 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 13-25 62.

Catholic Memorial — Christianson 2 2-2 6, Lomen 8 5-10 21, Conway 3 5-6 13, Eberhardt 0 1-2 1, Welsch 6 8-9 20, Fryda 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 21-29 67.

Three-point goals — Lake Mills (E. Wollin 1) 1; CM (Conuby 2) 2.

Total fouls — LM 19, CM 17.

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