Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

BREAKING: Bay stumbles in playoff opener, Faith marches on

by Mike Ramczyk

February 24, 2011

Williams Bay -- All season long, the Williams Bay boys basketball squad has struggled to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis.

On Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 regional opener against University Lake School, the Bulldogs had a slightly bigger problem on their hands — Lakers junior Conor Kelly.

The Bay didn’t have an answer for Kelly, who scored 18 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to help University Lake cruise to a 64-51 victory. The Bay finished 7-16 for the season. The Bulldogs trailed only 33-26 at halftime, but a 19-12 third quarter helped the Lakers pull away. Bay coach Troy Nottestad said his team struggled to score the ball.

“We didn’t shoot well to start, but we attacked well in the first half,” he said. “We’ve played like this all year. At times, we weren’t smooth on offense. It was frustrating.”

Nottestad also gave credit to the Lakers, who were on fire from the field most of the second half.

“We knew they had Kelly and Sean O’Neill,” he said. “To their credit, they made some shots they haven’t made all year. Against us, they did.”

The Bay put together a 6-0 run at the end of the first quarter to trail 17-16 after one. Senior Chad Pharris made a buzzer-beating 15-foot jumper to give the Bulldogs momentum heading into the second quarter. However, University Lake was able to beat the Bay’s full-court press and countered with a 12-2 run in the second quarter to open up a 29-18 lead.

The Bay cut the advantage to seven at the half thanks to buckets from Casey Wilson, Adam Lechelt and Tyler Compton in the second quarter.

But the third quarter spelled disaster for the home squad. Kelly scored eight points to open the period, and the Lakers built a 50-36 lead.

But in the fourth, the Bay made one last comeback attempt. Two triples from Pharris and a three-pointer from Jake Sutter cut the ULS lead to 60-49 with three minutes left, but Kelly quickly answered. He hit a smooth turnaround 15-footer and then added two free throws to make it 64-49 with a minute and a half left, and the Bay’s hopes were dashed.

“We shot it well in the fourth, but it was too late,” Nottestad said. Lawrence Crement paced the Bulldogs with 15 points, and Pharris added 10.

Faith takes care of business

The Faith Christian boys basketball team soared high in a 55-42 regional-opening victory over Johnson Creek Tuesday night in Williams Bay.

After the first quarter, the score was tied 10-10, but Faith pulled away late in the first half and never looked back. Sophomore sharpshooter Adam Montsma led the way with 25 points in the game, including draining 14 of 14 free throws.

Ingersoll and Ben Sass chipped in eight points each, while Jared Mulder and Alex Montsma each had seven. The Eagles will head to Burlington for a second round contest against Catholic Central Friday night at 7 p.m.

(8) Janesville Craig 56, (9) Badger 46

The visiting Badgers were down six points at the end of the third quarter in a Division 1 regional opener in Janesville Tuesday night, but they couldn't make enough plays down the stretch to win.

Badger finished its season 3-20 overall.

"We played hard, and it was a close game," Badger coach Tom Dummer said. "They made more plays than we did. We had some defensive lapses and gave up too many offensive boards. However, we played with good effort."

Jacob Growel paced the Badgers with 11 points. Colton Andresen added 10 points, and senior Will Swanson chipped in nine.

(4) Edgerton 43, (5) Big Foot 34

The Chiefs hung tough in a Division 3 regional opener Tuesday night at Edgerton.

Big Foot was down only 19-17 at halftime, but the Tigers pulled away with a 24-17 second half.

Edgerton knocked down 17 of 24 from the charity stripe in the contest.

Kenny Walker led the Chiefs in scoring with 11 points, and the squad knocked down four triples.

Check www.lakegenevanews.net this week and the March 10 edition of the Regional News for more playoff basketball results.