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Sergey Klyukvin (1) paced the Bulldogs with 21 points Monday. Mike Ramczyk. (click for larger version)
January 15, 2013 | 03:54 PMMADISON — On Monday night, the Williams Bay boys basketball team made its living at the free-throw line.
Now, the Bulldogs will have Geneva Lake West bragging rights for an entire year.
In the annual Bay-Big Foot tilt, the host Bulldogs knocked down 26-for-35 from the charity stripe and pulled away late for a 75-67 victory.
Williams Bay improved to 5-8 overall, and the Chiefs dropped to 3-9.
"We kept the tempo up, got them tired and hit our free throws," said Bay senior Jake Sutter. "We are making progress."
It was the Bay's first win over Big Foot since 2008. The Chiefs won the previous four meetings.
Despite a 28-point effort from Big Foot senior Carter Hehr, the Bay got a combined 58 points from guards Sergey Klyukvin, Adam Lechelt and Jonah VanVleet. Klyukvin led the way with 21 points. Also, Lechelt hit six of six fourth-quarter free throws and finished with 18 points. VanVleet tallied nine of his 19 points in the fourth.
"The guys really went out there and earned this one," said Bay coach Troy Nottestad. "Our overall effort as a team has really increased in practice, and it carried over to the court tonight. We have not been in many close games this year, and it was nice to see us make enough plays down the stretch to finish the job."
Down after the first quarter, the Bay roared back to take a 37-31 halftime lead. Big Foot cut the lead to 51-49 after three quarter, but the Bulldogs closed the deal with a 24-18 fourth quarter.
The Bay hit 12 of 20 foul shots in the fourth quarter.
"I truly believe that we have enough talent to be a good team if we keep the energy level and toughness turned up at all times," Nottestad said.
The Bulldogs host conference-leading Deerfield (7-3 overall, 6-0 TWC) Thursday night. The Demons feature 6-foot-3 senior Brandon Erhke, who averages 18.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Nottestad knows his guys have to stop Erhke.
"In my opinion, Deerfield has the best player in the conference in Brandon Erhke," Nottestad said. "We have to find a way to slow him down to give ourselves a chance. Offensively, we need to play stronger and show more patience."
Lady Chiefs reign supreme
The Big Foot girls opened the night Monday with a convincing 60-43 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
The Chiefs clung to a 39-35 lead after three quarters, but broke things open with a 21-8 fourth quarter.
Big Foot senior Molly Kovarik scored seven of her 14 points in the fourth. Danielle Young added 10 points for the winners.
Claire Canda scored a game-high 17 points for the Bay, and Josie Bauscher added 11.
Big Foot improved to 3-9, while the Bay dropped to 4-7.
Big Foot travels to Edgerton Thursday. The Bay returns home to face Dodgeland Friday.
Williams Bay boys 71, Madison Abundant Life 40
After a lackluster defeat opened the week, the Bay redeemed itself in style Friday night.
After being tied at the half with host Madison Abundant Life, the Bay turned up the heat. A 29-7 third quarter helped the Bulldogs cruise to a Trailways Small Conference win.
"It's all about energy and effort for us right now," Nottestad said. "We are working on keeping energy levels up at all times."
Defensively, the Bay focused on Abundant Life freshman Spencer Wright, who is averaging 23 points per game this season. The Bulldogs held the dynamic guard to 16 points.
"Our number one goal was to shut him down," Nottestad said. "We did a fairly good job holding him to 16 points."
The Bulldogs featured four players in double figures, led by Jonah VanVleet's 14. Adam Lechelt added 12, and both Noah Gray and Jake Sutter tallied 10.
Gray added seven rebounds. As a team, the Bay notched 14 steals, led by three apiece from Sutter, VanVleet and Lechelt.
Fall River 84, Williams Bay 50
Despite 16 points and 10 rebounds from Higgins, the Pirates utilized a 38-18 second half last Tuesday for the Trailways victory.
Fall River (8-4 overall, 5-1 TWC) led, 46-32, at the half, but then opened the flood gates with a 22-9 third quarter.
"They are physical and athletic, something that gives us trouble right now," Nottestad said. "Against stronger teams, we seem to wear down in the second half. We have to find a way to correct that."
Nottestad said Higgins had a good game and was able to match Fall River's physicality.
Higgins added three steals and three blocks.
Klyukvin tallied 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.