Ava Wollin

Lake Mills senior guard Ava Wollin scores with Luther Prep sophomore guard Anna Kieselhorst defending during the first half of Tuesday’s nonconference game at Lake Mills High School.

LAKE MILLS — Senior guard Julianna Wagner led all scorers with 18 points and senior guard Taylor Roughen added 17 as the Lake Mills girls basketball team defeated Luther Prep 72-47 in a nonconference game at Lake Mills High School on Tuesday.

“We played great in the first half especially as shorthanded as we were,” Lake Mills head coach Brandon Siska said. “We were without Kayla Will with an ankle injury. Bella Pitta and Vivian Guerrero got in foul trouble almost immediately so we went way deeper into the bench. Played JV kids tonight and I thought they played well when we needed them.”

Lake Mills, which is ranked second in the Associated Press Division 3 poll, jumped out to a 20-5 lead after a 3-pointer by Roughen.

Senior guard Ava Wollin, who finished with 13 points, hit from beyond the arc and went 1 of 2 at the line, pushing the first-half advantage to 24-10.

A four-point play by Roughen followed by a Wagner bucket made it 33-16 with five minutes left in the first half.

The L-Cats, who have won 13 straight home games and five straight overall, led 47-26 at the halftime break behind the strength of nine first-half 3-pointers. Lake Mills improves to 14-1 and senior forward Jade Pitta finished with 11 points.

“We can spread the floor,” Siska said. “With us scoring threes versus scoring twos, the lead is going to expand. We did a great job defensively in the first half. A lot of team speed when we have that smaller lineup in.”

Junior forward Grace Schmidt led the Phoenix (2-3) with 16 points. Luther Prep was playing for the first time since Dec. 11.

“In the first half they came out hitting threes and had nine in the first half,” Luther Prep girls basketball coach Mark Schroeder said. “We were trying to cover and get over. Happy girls kept fighting and kept heads in the game. First game back and we had Anna Kieselhorst back in. We are getting our legs back under us. Had good ball movement and had some kids step up. Hats off to them they are a good team.”


Luther Prep 26 21 — 47

Lake Mills 47 25 — 72

WATERTOWN LUTHER PREP (fg ft-fta pts) — A. Kieselhorst 3 0-0 7; Paulsen 4 0-0 9; Fitzsimmons 1 4-4 6; Metzger 1 0-0 2; G. Kieselhorst 0 1-2 1; Schmidt 8 0-1 16; Zellmer 2 2-2 6. Totals 19 7-10 47.

LAKE MILLS — Roughen 5 3-4 17; Wagner 5 6-9 18; A. Wollin 2 4-8 13; J. Pitta 4 2-5 11; Guerrero 1 0-1 3; Burling 0 2-2 2; Lamke 1 3-4 6; B. Pitta 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 20-35 72.

3-point goals: WLP 2 (A. Kieselhorst 1, Paulsen 1); LM 12 (Roughen 4, Wagner 2, Wollin 3, J. Pitta 1, Guerrero 1, Lamke 1). Total fouls: WLP 28; LM 16. Fouled out: G. Kieselhorst.

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