DELAFIELD — The Lake Mills boys basketball team traveled to face Delafield St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy on Saturday in a battle of Associated Press Division 3 ranked teams.

The seventh-ranked Lancers held a 13-1 advantage at the free throw line in taking a 68-65 victory over the ninth-ranked L-Cats.

The Lancers’ Brandin Podziemski led all scorers with 24 points, four below his season average, and Gerald Gittens tallied 14 while Brennan Timm had 12.

“He’s a great player, a good scorer with length,” Lake Mills boys basketball coach Steve Hicklin said of Podziemski. “For the most part we did a good job on him. All three of their scorers we did a good job on, we just didn’t finish possessions like we needed to.”

Senior guard Matt Johnson made six 3-pointers and led five L-Cats in double-figures with 20 points; senior guard Mike Herrington and junior forward Charlie Bender each added 12. Junior guard Drew Stoddard registered 11 and junior forward Adam Moen totaled 10 as the team made 12 3-pointers, holding a lead much of the way.

“We were leading most of the game after a quick run to start the second half,” Hicklin said. “We couldn’t get rebounds on free throw situations. Fouls become a problem for us.

“We executed well on offense. I felt like we executed well all night long.”

Delafield St. John’s took 24 free throws, making only 13, while Lake Mills was 1-for-3 at the line.

Podziemski had 16 in the second stanza and Gittens scored 10 after the break for the Lancers (13-3).

The L-Cats have six Capitol North games remaining in the regular season, starting with a road game against Lodi on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Both teams are 3-1 in league play, a game behind first-place Columbus.

DELAFIELD ST. JOHN’S 68, LAKE MILLS 65

Lake Mills 30 35 — 65

Delafield St. John’s 33 35 — 68

Lake Mills (fg ftm-fta pts) — Herrington 5 0-1 12, Stoddard 4 0-0 11, Moen 5 0-1 10, Bender 5 1-1 12, Johnson 7 0-0 20. Totals — 26 1-3 65.

Delafield St. John’s — Timm 4 4-6 12, Bensch 4 1-2 9, Fritsche 1 0-0 3, Gittens 5 4-8 14, Podziemski 9 4-8 24, Jensen 2 0-0 6. Totals — 25 13-24 68.

3-point goals — LM (Johnson 6, Stoddard 3, Herrington 2, Bender) 12; D (Jensen 2, Podziemski 2, Fritsche) 5. Total fouls — LM 19, D 11.

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