COLUMBUS — The Lakeside Lutheran boys basketball team has been building toward a statement victory, having played tough foes close in and out of conference.
The Warriors got that win on Friday, defeating first-place Columbus 52-48 in a Capitol North road game behind a career-high 21 points from senior guard Carter Schneider.
Senior guard Matt Davis added 12 points and junior forward Ian Olszewski chipped in nine.
“We played with a little bit of toughness physically and mentally that had escaped us. That was great to see,” Lakeside Lutheran boys basketball coach Todd Jahns said.
“We had good minutes from a lot of people,” Jahns added. “Coming out of the locker room, there was a sense in our team that we were going to do this tonight. There was an underlying sense off, we are going to do this and it’s our time to move forward. We were solid mentally in dealing with things that didn’t go well. It was encouraging to see that.”
Schneider notched his first 20-point game and scored in double-digits for the 11th time after having only one such game a season ago.
“Carter was just steady tonight, good leadership from the point guard position,” Jahns said. “Been a work in progress developing in that floor leader. He handled himself well and was a steady influence. Missed looks in the first half that didn’t go. To respond the way he did in the second half (was impressive). He had 15 points in the second half.
“Matt was steady, didn’t force things and made some clutch free throws down the stretch.”
The Warriors (9-8, 3-3 in conference) trailed 18-11 early and by four at the break. A 10-0 run out of halftime gave Lakeside a 28-22 lead. That advantage swelled to 12 before Columbus (11-5, 5-1) made it a 2-point game in the last two minutes. The Warriors hit a bucket with 25 seconds remaining and then made a pair of free throws to seal it.
Columbus senior forward Ben Emler, the conference’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, scored 17. Emler had 11 points in the first 34 minutes and never got into a rhythm thanks to the defensive efforts of senior forward Logan Pampel and junior forward John O’Donnell.
“His points were minimal and were not impact points,” Jahns said. “He had to take a lot of shots to get them. They hounded him all night, he never really got going. We guarded him without help. That allowed our perimeter defenders to stay with their guys and limit the other guys. They neutralized his effectiveness.”
The Cardinals had a 6-game win streak snapped and are now tied for first place with Lake Mills, which beat Luther Prep 66-45 on Friday.
Lakeside plays on the road against Beloit Turner in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 52,
Lakeside Lutheran 18 34 — 52
Columbus 22 26 — 48
Lakeside Lutheran (fg fta-ftm pts) — Schulz 2 0-0 4, McKenna 0 2-2 2, Davis 3 4-6 12, Olszewski 4 1-1 9, Schneider 8 2-3 21, Birkholz 0 1-2 1, Veers 0 3-4 3. Totals 17 13-18 52.
Columbus — Anderson 1 0-0 2, Schulte 2 2-2 7, Campbell 3 1-1 8, Cotter 1 0-0 2, Carthew 1 1-2 3, Brunell 2 1-2 7, Schroeder 1 0-0 2, Emler 7 2-2 17. Totals 18 7-9 48.
3-point goals — LL (Schneider 3, Davis 2) 5; C (Brunell 2, Schulte, Campbell, Emler) 5. Total fouls — LL 9, C 15.