December 14, 2011 | 07:41 AMFALL RIVER — It took five games, but the Williams Bay boys basketball team is finally in the win column.
The Bulldogs enjoyed some home cooking Monday night. They feasted on Johnson Creek, 72-43, to improve to 1-4 and 1-1 in the Trailways South.
A big problem for the Bay all year had been shooting, but shots started hitting nothing but net Monday.
The Bulldogs drained six 3-pointers, with five coming from sophomore point guard Adam Lechelt.
Senior forward Lawrence Crement led all scorers with 24 points. Lechelt finished with 19.
The Bay came out firing, taking a 20-8 first-quarter lead thanks to 12 points from Crement.
In the second quarter, Lechelt caught fire.
He hit four triples in the period to give the Bulldogs a commanding 45-25 halftime lead.
John Higgins added nine points, and Jonah VanVleet tallied seven.
The Bay returns to nonconference action Thursday at Kenosha Christian Life (2-2, 2-1).
"We must shoot the ball better," Nottestad said. "And we have to try different things on defense. We have to put more pressure on the ball and will possibly extend the defense past half court."
Fall River 63, Williams Bay 54
In a Trailways South opener last Tuesday, the Bulldogs played catch-up the whole time but could never close the gap.
The Pirates led by as many as 16 points in a 63-54 victory.
The Bay got to within eight points but never closer.
Turnovers were a thorn in the Bulldogs' side.
The guys committed 15 turnovers in the first half alone.
Coach Troy Nottestad said shooting has been the team's major weakness.
"We have only made three 3-pointers in four games," he said. "For the season so far, we are shooting 9 percent from 3-point range. We must step it up."
Senior Lawrence Crement was the team's lone bright spot against Fall River.
The 6-foot-3 all-around threat scored 26 points to lead all scorers and pulled down 15 rebounds.
The Bay only trailed by four points after the first quarter, but a 16-10 second quarter gave Fall River a comfortable lead.
In the second half, Bay players missed a lot of layups and suffered from too many empty trips on the offensive end. Nottestad said his team took care of the ball better in the second half.
Although Nottestad said he hopes other players beside Crement step up offensively, he liked the energy put forth by guard Mason Reyenga against Fall River.
Adam Lechelt added eight points, and John Higgins tallied seven.